It's 3:54 AM on Tuesday 17th April.
Definitely not something I was thinking about in much depth when preparing for my first solo trip, but it was bound to happen at some point. Excitement, adrenaline, endorphins. All the best feelings that boil over in that restless long-haul flight into the unknown. On a completely unrelated note—Dad, please don't read this one.
Since being back in home, I have been working with temp agencies. I don't want the commitment of a full-time job because I've been hooked on travel. I take any job that comes up; bar work, waitressing at weddings, teaching, activity camps. Anything to help me purchase that next flight out of here...
From my earliest days, I have enjoyed spending time outdoors. Growing up in the Poconos allowed me to easily expose myself to the sunshine and greenery. In my youth, I played with the neighborhood kids, running through the woods and concocting interesting scenarios to act out. As a family we explored the various state and national parks in the area. I was lucky to grow up in an area full of gorgeous vistas and abundant wildlife and that love of nature transferred into adulthood.
Tourism is big business in Michigan as some $18 billion are spent by tourists every year in the state and much of that money is spent by visitors going to the beautiful natural wonders in Michigan.
Think back to your elementary and high school days, and ask yourself: "Who discovered America?" You're probably hearing nursery rhymes about the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria already. You're thinking about how brave the explorers were to cross the vast expanse in their little ships in the 1400s, and about how funny it was they didn't know they weren't in India when they got to America. Well, add these up to all the other lies about Christopher Columbus, because they're wrong. Columbus was quite sure he wasn't in India, and he was also half a millennium late to the North America party. In case the discarded battle axes and rotting longboats weren't a clue, the Vikings had beaten him there by quite a stretch, as Cracked points out.
If you’re planning to visit the Balkans (and I highly recommend you do) check out I Travel Balkans. It's a network of hostels that you get a 10 percent discount at, if you book directly through the hostels and mention “I Travel Balkans."
I spent my 15th birthday in Italy, posing for pictures in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and eating tiramisu in Venice. I spent my 18th birthday in Hawaii, hiking to waterfalls and strolling on the beach under a full moon, just for me. And I spent my 20th birthday in Korea, saying goodbye to my closest friends, getting lost in Seoul with a dying phone, nearly getting stranded, and getting completely blackout drunk.
Africa is one of the most misunderstood and underrated regions in the world. The continent that is often mistaken for a country. The number one place people think of when the word "poverty" is mentioned. The region of the world where people know more about its animals than the locals there. One might wonder "why on earth should I visit a country in Africa?" "I’ve watched the Lion King, I know what Africa is all about." "I don’t want to see poor people… I don’t think Africa is worth my money."