Have you ever found the one thing in life that gives you the motivation to push through even the toughest of days? The thing that brings you to tears when you think about what it has given you? That “thing” for me is Travel- It is the thing that makes my days worthwhile and constantly gives me something to look forward to.
Ever since I was a little girl I traveled. My parents took me to Mexico, Germany, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, back to Mexico, so on and so forth for my entire life. I grew up with the idea that I am meant to explore this huge and wild place called earth. I’m not meant to stay in the bubble that is the United States but instead take part in bettering myself by seeing how other people live.
Traveling isn’t easy. In fact, when I went to Costa Rica for almost 3 months I cried more than I laughed during the first few weeks. My heart ached to be home instead of a foreign place where no one understood me. But fast forward to my last week in Heredia and my home in the USA seemed like a foreign place to me, where no one was going to understand the life-changing experiences I had in Costa Rica.
As I embark on a new journey in Italy I plan on truly experiencing life in Europe. Not just sticking to the known, but doing something new every day that challenges me. Whether it be walking 20-minutes by myself for pizza or running up to the Piazza Michelangelo in the morning for the best view (and workout) in Florence.
I plan on visiting 10 countries, countless cities and meeting hundreds of new people. And from now until May when I head home for the summer I know I will change as a person- I will become more independent and I will continuously learn more about what I want out of life.
Life is a crazy roller coaster and even when all I seem to do is complain it is amazing when I can take a step back and realize the amazing things I have seen by the age of 20. I am constantly trying to become better, and that’s why I love traveling because it forces you to step outside of any comfort zones you have. It may not always be easy, but it is always worth it.