About

Welcome to The Willing Road!

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

— Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

My name is Tuliyani. I’m afraid of heights, I was in a bad relationship, and my confidence was hidden beneath physical insecurities. Now I’m out of that relationship, my confidence has skyrocketed and I’m still afraid of heights (I’m working on it).

Traveling was always my lifestyle of choice. What held me back was my doubt and excuses:

I don’t have money.

I don’t have anyone to go with

Maybe I am too naive about the world.

Sound familiar?

One day I was finally fed up with not doing the thing I desired most: travel. I ignored the naysayers, packed up my stuff and moved to Japan to teach. From there, I decided to explore more of Asia for 6 more months.

And I don’t regret it.

I created this website to inspire, entertain and show you that it is possible to travel on a budget or when the rest of the world is telling you it’s not possible.

It is.

 

Subscribe, like my Facebook page and follow me on Instagram to keep up with my travels because I’m not done yet!

I’m going to continue to travel to show you that it is possible to achieve your dreams when you set your mind to it.

Maybe you’re stuck at your desk or maybe you’ve suddenly realized that you’re not ready to get married quite yet or maybe you are looking for a change of lifestyle.

Whatever it is, I hope that I can inspire you to see the world, to try something new, to test your limits and live an extraordinary life.

Therefore, this site for the wanderers and the dreamers, the curious and the adventurous. And my mom, of course (hi, mom!).

If you think you are interested in traveling the world, discovering what the world has to offer, but there’s that small thread of fear still holding you back, then you’ve stumbled into the right place. The Willing Road is my collection of experiences that will give you that push to step out your door and conquer your dreams.

What will I find at the Willing Road?

Here, you can read about the interesting people I’ve encountered, the unique experiences to be had in different countries, the traveling mistakes I’ve made, the magnificent moments that make it all worth it and so much more… with a hint of humor, because if I can’t laugh about the ridiculous things I see or the dumb mistakes I make, then I won’t be able to travel far and you should do the same. It takes the weight of the stress off your shoulders.

I don’t claim to be an expert in anything, because I’m setting out on a journey to experience many firsts, but I will share with you what is working for me and what is not working for me along the way so that we can learn together.

Where did my travel itch come from?

I grew up in the dirty hippie backwoods of a small hippie town called Santa Cruz. My closest neighbor was a 20 min walk uphill and we had our own fire station, aka one fire truck that sat on the side of the road collecting dirt road dust. There was silence, animals, and trees for days. There weren’t many of us living out there, but we were a small community that took care of ourselves. Everyone knew everyone’s business. Everyone knew everyone’s car, dog, or kid. It was small. As I grew older it seemed that the world grew bigger as I discovered that there was more than just little ol’ Santa Cruz. Now I can’t stop exploring.  

The Road to Travel 

I can’t remember when my desire for travel began, but I will say that it sparked my need to ditch senior year of high school and make day trips out to San Francisco with my best friend like we were Thelma and Louise (without the dying part, you know). Then, while getting my degree in San Diego, I worked in the hospitality industry to pay for rent, cat food, and Netflix (obviously, I lived a glamorous life) and to meet people from around the world who had the same wanderlust that I did. I met some wonderful travelers, but not all of them were wonderful. I remember it was just after a man had complained to me about a pigeon being perched outside his window (true story) that having a steady job in hospitality wasn’t going to cut it for me.

So I quit the hotel to dedicate my time to serving alcohol to lushes, bros, and giddy 21 year olds at a bar in downtown San Diego. I couldn’t wait to get started traveling so in a few months I saved up enough money to move to Japan to teach, where I traveled, gained culture, learned some Japanese, ate food (sooo much food), and saved up some more money to travel even further.

It was sudden and very much unplanned, but I haven’t looked back.

I have no trust fund, no fancy career, and I definitely don’t make money on my blog, but I want to travel. I want to show you that you can do it too. I want to inspire you, so join me as I begin my journey, starting with Asia.

The world is a big place and adventure is out there, whether it’s hidden in the great outdoors, in the stomach of a roasting pig, or in the smile of a foreign man that doesn’t speak English.

Let’s explore it’s wild and unexpected contents.

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