Cait Bagby is a Boston based travel and fashion blogger who has been sharing her style and travel stories and inspiring many readers. Check out her story and follow her on social media.
Where did your passion for traveling come from?
Throughout my youth, my parents instilled in me a sense of curiosity and learning about other places and people. They were instrumental in my ongoing love affair with travel. Many of our family trips involved packing everyone into the car and driving across the country. To make the trips longer both in time and distance we didn’t stay in hotels. Instead, they opted for campgrounds which forced me, even as a young child, to interact with others. There were no doors to close. The people I met along the way and the places I saw really helped to indulge my childhood imagination. Maintaining that sense of imagination, curiosity, and hunger to learn about different places has been the real motivating factor as to why I still travel a lot today.
Tell us one of your favorite travel stories about an amazing place you’ve been or things you’ve seen?
This past June I traveled to Iceland for 10 days to drive around the country and explore all there was. Serendipitously this was also the time when all the baby lambs had just been born and I am a serious sucker for all things small, cute, and furry. I was so taken by their cuteness that I resolved to physically hold one. A braver person than I might have attempted to venture into the fields to try and pick one up but I was too scared of the moms to pursue that -their horns were nothing short of intimidating. On day 8 I had still not made my lamb connection. That night I stayed on a working farm and asked the owner if he could help. This sweet man tried but ultimately said they were too fast to catch. As a pity offering he let me hold the newly hatched chicks. Their cuteness arguably rivaled the lambs I sought, but it was very much a consolation.
On the last day of my trip I figured it wasn’t going to happen and to be honest it was kind of a downer. Miraculously, as luck would have it, as I was getting ready to leave that morning I opened the door to our cottage and there were two baby lambs sitting on the front step. I froze having no idea what to do next. I was too excited but also weary that the mom was somewhere near. In an effort to act “cool” around the lambs I started loading up the car as they moved off the front step to a small patch of grass nearby. This cool act worked and they didn’t move further away. Then was my moment! I slowly walked toward them; maybe I could just pet one, and finally got within arms distance. Then the mom appeared and she was certainly not happy at my endeavor. So unhappy in fact she chased me into the car with her enormous horns where I stayed for the next 5-10 minutes until my fiancée could successfully come rescue me.
In the end I never got to hold a baby lamb but I don’t think of it as a missed opportunity so much as I remember it as an unbelievable experience with a great story of why you should never mess with nature.
How do you compare Boston to the rest of the world?
I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people say Boston is like a European city. This statement makes me want to pull my hair out! I have been fortunate to call Rome, London, and Boston home at separate times over the years and I can assure you Boston is not like the rest. Yes, there are cobblestoned streets and boutiques, even some pretty amazing architecture that dates back a couple hundred years but still Boston stands apart. The city is unique and shouldn’t be compared to others. In fact comparing is generally a misuse of time. I try to find what is distinctive about each place I visit and as Boston keeps growing so too does its distinctiveness. What I appreciate most about Boston is the people and their tenacity. The perfect example is to look at movement in the city throughout the year. No matter the season, time of day, or weather Boston is always buzzing. We march down to Fenway and the North End in the Spring, we picnic in the commons in the Summer, flock to farmers markets and the Charles in the Fall, and sled down the streets of Back Bay in the Winter. The city moves as a community, not as a collection of individuals; and it never stops.
Tell us about your causes you believe in.
One of the main reasons I love to travel is the people. Whether it is interacting or observing local communities and individuals, people are an endless source of fascination. As an Eco Fashion Blogger part of my job is to highlight designers, manufacturers, and stores that provide sustainable clothing to the consumer regardless of location. This provides me the opportunity to meet many people of varying backgrounds and motivations. I find there is a constant in all of them that compliments a cause I believe very deeply in: fashion can help restore the planet and provide a wider global connectedness. Each culture has a certain exterior style but if you look closely enough you can see it does not exist in a vacuum. Fashion, no matter what the current style, happens to be is a uniting factor ignorant of physical boundaries, race, ethnicity, religion, or gender. By using something we all can relate to, fashion has become a medium to examine how and why we interact not only with one another but also the physical world around us.
What other interesting story or tidbit of information would you like to share?
One of the most influential factors in my life is the people in it. No matter where I am or where I am going I try to connect with individuals on a personal level. The way I see it, you never know what kind of doors they may unlock and it will get you far in your personal journey. As silly as it may seem I still bring welcome baskets to new neighbors as they move in. I perceived one of my more recent neighbors wasn’t all that into the basket but it was the simple gesture that got us talking. I learned that he owns a biking tourism company in Bhutan and would be happy to host friends and myself should we want to go. Bhutan was never on my travel list until that point. Now it is a must see and I have the comfort of knowing someone who can show me around.