To some this word represents a life style, to others an ideal, and to another set of people, this word represents a longing. A strong yearning, yet not truly connected with reality. This blog was created to follow this longing; to document the different places and experiences.
Four years ago I, a 22 year old female, left my cozy life in Washington State to start traveling the world. Contrary to popular belief I was not some brave pioneering woman. Instead I was someone who everyone assumed was going to travel, and once I bought my ticket to South East Asia, I couldn’t back down. A study abroad program the summer before had started a passion for exploring, yet I was still terrified of leaving to travel on my own with seemingly no safety net.
With what felt like borrowed time (wasn’t I supposed to go straight into the money-making world like the rest of the new graduates?) I traveled. I visited 12 countries in seven months: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, and Colombia, and I came back a very different person.
All the cliches are true. Every corny, one liner spewing the life-changing, awe-inspiring, course-altering effect of travel was 110 % true for me. I learned a new language, experienced new cultures, met amazing people, and had my faith in humanity restored. I wanted to keep traveling and never come back ( well maybe after a few years I would tire of the constant moving around), but I had obligations. These obligations, a two year commitment to Teach for America South Louisiana, also turned out to be quite adventure.
Through Teach for America I wound up as a middle, then high school, Spanish teacher in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ironically, it also felt like a completely different country. That chapter of my life closed and I did what has apparently become a signature move, I quit my job. Sold the stuff. And have started traveling, this time through Europe. Now I am again back to the life of an “adult”, but with everyone opportunity I get, I travel.
I still feel like the 21 year old girl who wrote “just trying to figure life out” on her original about me post. Who still has the incurable travel bug.
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