The first time I traveled out the country by myself I was nineteen years old. My college had a winter January semester called Winter Study when every student would take a class, study abroad, or do an internship off campus. During my sophomore year Winter Study I was fortunate enough to be recommended by one of my professors to do a language immersion course in Guatemala for the month. I still remember sitting on the plane to Guatemala City. I was alone, going to a country whose language I had had nowhere near mastered and planning to stay with a host who I had never met. All I remember thinking was “what in the world did I just get myself into?” Long story short, that month in Guatemala changed my life and I have never been the same since.
Since I caught the wanderlust bug in 2011 I have become a travel addict. Spain, France, Italy, Mexico, the Bahamas… Every place that I’ve gone has stolen a piece of my heart with its incredible people, culture, food, and art. By discovering more about the world around me I have gained a greater understanding of my role in it. The things that I have seen and done, the people I have met, and the places that I have gone have taught me so much. It’s not always easy, but if you’re doing it right traveling takes you out of your comfort zone and makes you confront your true self: your biases, assumptions, prejudices, and stereotypes. Making the decision to be uncomfortable and out of our cultural element can be one of the best things that we can do for our own development.
My life as a perpetual student has taught me a few things about ballin’ on a budget. There’s no way that I’d be able to travel without key travel hacks, tips, and tricks. I’m excited to share some with you and share this journey with you.
There’s a whole world waiting out there to be explored. Let’s check some new places off of our list!
Have any suggestions for places I should put on my travel list? Let me know!