3 months…95 days…10 countries. Feeling like a new person after coming back from this trip. I remember feeling nervous, scared, excited…a whirlwind of emotions as I stood ready to leave in the airport…Months of preparations and it didn't start feeling "real" until the moment I got to the airport.
I want to be inspiration to anyone out there that feels like they cant travel, that they can’t escape, that they can’t reach their goals, I want to urge you that it’s all possible! Everyone was telling me I shouldn’t go alone, I shouldn’t go to certain countries, that I couldn’t afford it. Don’t listen to what they tell you, just listen to yourself. I made this trip happen because I wanted it so badly, and I saw no other option. I saw and kept that plan in my mind for a year, and as the time got closer I got more and more serious about meeting my own goal. Working two jobs, sometimes 14 hours a day, to save up money for this trip. And while I may have been groaning or half asleep at work, in the end it was WORTH IT for all that I was able to do and able to see. And I want to encourage other people that they can make it happen to see the world. Maybe your goals are different than mine, and you only want to see the next state over, or maybe your ideal trip is shorter; whatever it is, it’s out there and it’s possible!
This trip opened my eyes in ways I never expected. It’s hard to put into words all the things I saw and people I met that changed me in different ways. Travel is addicting for this very reason that it is often a catalyst for personal change and growth. I can’t go back to who I was before this trip (okay that sounds a bit dramatic), I feel like I have grown a lot as a person because everything I experienced. Solo travel was hard at times, challenging at times, and rewarding all the time.