Before working on ships, I had never stepped foot on a cruise ship, or had any idea of what a cruise even was. I originally saw this opportunity as a way to do a bit of travelling for 6 months, and earn some money at the side. Little did I know that this experience was going to become my career, and change my life!
I recently got to spend a summer travelling across Europe, during a Mediterranean cruise vacation. In my opinion, this is the best way to experience European culture—especially if it is your first time visiting. A Mediterranean cruise allows you to see a large part of Europe, in a small amount of time. You are quite literally waking up in a new country everyday. I really did get to experience a bit of everything—from sightseeing in cities, to relaxing on the beach, to incredible hiking excursions.
Usually, when we think of summer—we think of beaches, tropical destinations, cocktails in the sun etc. However, I have been fortunate enough to have experienced a different kind of summer—in places like Norway and Alaska! A very different climate indeed. Imagine seeing snow instead of sand, and imagine seeing mountains instead of palm trees. My summer experiences in the snowy mountains is a very unique travel experience.
It's not just about the theme parks, when visiting Walt Disney World!
Over the last few years, I have been lucky enough to go on many hiking adventures around the world. For me, it's a great way to experience to outdoors and nature. I use this time to be alone with my thoughts, and be away from my phone. Hiking is a great way to reflect on life, and escape your troubles.
Cruise ship vacations are often perceived to be designed for old or retired people. After spending time on a large Royal Caribbean ship, my perception of cruise vacations has completely changed. I had no idea there was so much to do on cruise ships. I honestly thought guests just sat around by the pool, ate food all day, and then gambled money in the casino.