The world awaits you...
I'm sure we've all heard the expression "travel while you're young" right?
About 2 years ago I was reading an old article from a blogging website that was published by the Huffington Post, it was written by a man named Adam London. This article impacted me in many ways… in a sense, it was a life changing read. Within the following weeks I will be sharing with you my own stories of adventures, spontaneous trips and overseas travels that this very article inspired.
On the sidebar to your right you'll see a few of my favorite sections from the article, I hope it impacts you in the same way it impacted me two years ago…
Now, years later I write to you after taking Adam London's advice and setting out on my own adventures. I must say, the best place to travel first is out of your comfort zone!
In the last year I have visited 8 countries and 8 States that I have never been to before. This includes places such as Italy, Belgium, France, Barcelona, The Netherlands, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and South Carolina just to name a few...
It first began after reading this article, when I went visit my Study Abroad office on campus. It was soon after that I had made the decision to study abroad my fall semester, junior year.
Ive known all my life that I wanted to travel the world. Ive always been independent, adventurous, and curious. I love experiencing different cultures, and being thrown into new things, so you can imagine my excitement when I finalized my decision to independantly travel to Europe, to live in Florence, Italy. It was there that I attended The Universita of Firenze. I lived in a large, old apartment with 4 other American girls that made plans to take a leave of absence from their american universities to have the experience of a lifetime.
During my time abroad I had the opportunity to make life long friends, and see some of the most breathtaking and iconic places on earth.I lived the average life of a traveler, hopping cheap flights, or catching the fast track train at the peak of sunrise, backpacking through narrow streets of cobble stone, and sleeping in hostiles. Each day had its rewards whether it was seeing the Eiffel Tower, or signing the Berlin Wall with permanent marker.
After almost 5 months, I returned home a different more cultured and enlightened person. It was then that I made a promise to myself that I would never get too busy to travel. I have kept that promise, and about every 2 months I hop on a plane with a new destination.
"This is the time for small paychecks and big memories. This is the time for travel. We are about as attached to one location as we are to our favorite Chinese take-out place. We know what we like about it, and we take comfort in the familiarity, but that's about it."
- Jessy Tapper
"While you're young, you should travel. You should take the time to see the world and taste the fullness of life. Spend an afternoon sitting in front of the Michelangelo. Walk the streets of Paris. Climb Kilimanjaro. Hike the Appalachian trail. See the Great Wall of China. Get your heart broken by the "killing fields" of Cambodia. Swim through the Great Barrier Reef. These are the moments that define the rest of your life; they're the experiences that stick with you forever."
"Traveling will change you like little else can. It will put you in places that will force you to care for issues that are bigger than you. You will begin to understand that the world is both very large and very small. You will have a newfound respect for pain and suffering, having seen that two-thirds of humanity struggle to simply get a meal each day."
"While you're still young, get cultured. Get to know the world and the magnificent people that fill it. The world is a stunning place, full of outstanding works of art. See it."
"There is more value to be gained by embracing travel opportunities than avoiding them. An understanding of the world -- of other cultures, people, ideas, and beliefs -- has never been more important. Exploration -- developing empathy and the ability to learn from and deal with the unknown -- has never been more important."
"Find the balance of travel that's right for you. Take every opportunity to make that travel an important value in your life."
"Move abroad. Spend 12 weeks backpacking. Travel for a month straight. Take a road-trip. Plan a weekend getaway.Go explore the neighborhoods around your city, travel to states that border your own, or take a trek to an exotic location halfway around the world.Do it while you're young; set a precedent."