Here’s what I know about travel (so far):
Three years ago today, I got the first of many passport stamps. What I know about travel, or thought I knew, has changed a lot over the past three years. Just like anything, you learn as you grow and as you make mistakes. Over the years, I’ve made my fair share of mistakes as well as grown into a seasoned traveler. Whenever I see a newbie traveler on their first trip, it brings me back to my first time, as I struggled and bumbled my way along. Luckily, I found some great resources and mentors, which allowed me to learn and improve quickly.
My travels have been incredibly exhilarating and educational. It’s also been stressful and frustrating at points. Any traveler can tell you there is a large difference between traveling and vacation. Traveling is no picnic. No all inclusive resorts, no travel agent booking all of our flights and accommodations. We tough it out, find our way, and take care of ourselves. Not to say we don’t relax on the beach or splurge on a nice hotel room or tour from time to time.
I can honestly say that in these three years, I’ve learned more about the world and myself than I ever did in college. I have found my determination, problem solving, and confidence have skyrocketed. I’ve learned to step up and take charge, as well as step back, relax and take everything in.
In these 25 countries, I’ve made countless friends from all over the globe and shared food, drinks, and many wonderful (and bad) experiences. Cheers to all of you!
For anyone thinking about travel, I can’t say it enough, GO! Even if it’s just visiting the next town or state, GO! You have one life to live and my life will always be more complete having traveled and seen the world.
As St. Augustine said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”