Meet Speck on the Globe
Hi, I’m Abbie! I was raised in Pittsburgh, Pa and even as a little freckled face girl I always had aspirations of seeing as much as I could with my own eyes.
“You would be sitting in the back of the car asking where we were going next and your sister would be asking when we would be going home.” My mother’s classic tale explaining my constant on-the-go attitude. My Great Aunt Lucy would say it’s a characteristic shared by my mother’s side of the family. “If you ask a Ferrone to go out even to just watch water float under a bridge, they’ll say, let me go grab my purse.” My need for new explorations and adventures seemed to come from before birth and it was insatiable.
After college I graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BA in Journalism and French and I thought for sure in a few years I’d be living in Paris working as a writer. Ah, the dreams of a twenty something creative. I followed my heart in another direction however, and moved to Philadelphia instead. After an unexpected break-up and eight years working in medical administration I made a choice to follow my gut this time, and I headed back to my family.
My father at the time was diagnosed with leukemia and having traveled for months back and forth each weekend by bus to see him, I knew it was time to go be with my family when it really mattered. It wasn’t until my dad went into remission that I realized I was so wrapped up in focusing on my family and my dad’s cancer that I didn’t have a clue what my next move was. Hitting the pause button for him forced me to reevaluate what was important in my own life, and in doing so it enabled me to take steps towards realizing goals I wanted to achieve for myself. Shortly after this I was having a conversation with a friend who had been inviting me to Thailand for years. We talked about how now was no better time to celebrate life and new beginnings than heading over to Asia. I hung up the phone and immediately booked my ticket to Bangkok starting what has now been a nearly five year nomadic journey.
While Pittsburgh always feels like home to me, experiencing new places is more fulfilling for me than standing still. My first time outside of the US was in high school on the most memorable trip to Ireland with my Aunt. It wasn’t until I went to Europe 7 years later however that I made a pact with myself to be more open to travel. On a flight back from Paris in October 2006 I made a promise that I would travel to at least one country I’ve never been to each year until I’m 30. It’s been an amazing journey so far and now that I’ve surpassed that goal, the quest continues on.