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Hi, and welcome to CosmosMariners.com! I'm Natalie.

Here you'll find all sorts of nerdy travel fun as I explore the literature, culture, arts, and history of the places I visit. I'm a part-time traveler based out of Charleston, South Carolina, and I love learning.

I started blogging in 2010 as a way to journal my newlywed life, but wasn't very serious about it. In November of 2012, I began the transition from teacher to full-time freelance writer and blogger, though it wasn't until November 2013 that I started building Cosmos Mariners as a brand. With my first press trip to St. Petersburg, Florida, in May 2014, I was hooked on travel blogging, and I haven't looked back since.
At the Dali Museum in downtown St. Petersburg
You'll find as you explore the blog that I love the UK, and I've visited five times in just over ten years. One of those trips was a summer study abroad session that completely changed my life, one was my husband's first trip to the British Isles, and one was taken with the family that I homeschooled at the time. I am an Anglophile through and through.

In St. Andrews, Scotland
My travels have taken me everywhere from Andros Island, Bahamas, to Key West, Florida, to St. Andrews, Scotland.

Ziplining fun in St. Maarten

I've ziplined in St. Maarten, seen a Fourth Folio of Shakespeare in London, and kayaked with dolphins off the coast of South Carolina.

My husband, daughter, and I at Disney World for her first trip

According to Conrad Aiken, a Southern poet and the inspiration for my blog's name, we are all mariners of the cosmos, and our journeys should be one of adventure, speculation and surprise. While this blog will cover our travels, it will also follow our life adventures. 

Basically, you're getting a travel blog with a side of everything else FOR FREE. (Who could pass up a deal like that?) There will be lots of pictures, lots of writing (as I'm anything but concise), and lots of talking about Disney World, the UK, and books because those are some of my favorite things.  

Join us as our family travels to our destinations unknown!

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