I started my quest to see as much of the world as I possibly could after I realized there was a huge void in my life. Growing up in one of the richest counties in the United States was a blessing and curse. I have seen more Uggs, yoga pants, Mercedes Benz’s and Vineyard Vines attire in my 21 one years on this earth than any one human should ever have to be subjected to in their entire life time. Fairfax is what I like to call the “bubble”. There is very much a sense of entitlement and conformity that creates this very delicate structure as to what is expected and acceptable. Stray too far from these preconcerted ways of living your life and the bubble you have been convinced your whole life is the best way to live is likely to implode.
It’s definitely not a stretch to say I have always felt a bit out of step with my peers. I think deep down I always knew I was never going to be able to flourish in the area I was raised in. I could never quite put my finger on what I was missing that everyone else seemed to have, but I always seemed to have this feeling that there was so much more out there. I am so happy to be able to say now that I was right.
Leaving your comfort zone is an amazing thing to do. I never traveled out of the country as a kid because I was always being pulled in a million different directs between sports and school activities. I wish I could get that time back because to me that is such a devastating loss. I can’t even describe how much I have grown as a person since I started really traveling in my 20’s. It’s given me the ability to feel comfortable with being uncomfortable, which is such a liberating way to live. I have the confidence now to go out and absorb everything the world has to offer and let my discoveries mold me into a better person. I have the empathy to be tolerant of things I may not understand, a notion that seems to be falling by the wayside in current times, and I have a hunger for life I can’t satiate.
Traveling to a foreign country can definitely be intimidating, even for an experienced traveler. So let’s just get this out of the way. YOU WILL BE FINE… I promise. Those who know me know I am the worlds biggest hot mess. My life is often a series of random unfortunate events. I’ve had more than one person say they want to strap a Go-Pro to my head and just watch the events of a “normal” day in my life unfold. So if I can do it, anyone can do it…. Really. People are also under the misconception that you have to be extremely wealthy if you want to see the world properly but screw that. Until someone figures out how to genetically modify trees to grow money this girl will be doing all she can to plan affordable trips. After all, budget friendly is the way to go for a truly authentic experience. I’ll get into detail later about some tips and tricks for affordable travel.
What are you waiting for, get out there and explore!