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I frequently find myself asking, how did I get here? This exact moment in time, about to do something really stupid? In this case it was definitely peer pressure. I was about to jump out of a plane in Namibia.
It is a sight straight out of a fairy tale. Towering church steeples line the few streets with cobbled stone pathways and tunneling alleys with architecture dating back to the 8th century. With a coastline that wraps the entire town and castles that line the beaches, you truly do find a sense of awe and wonder when you walk these tiny Scottish streets.
"What shall we do? "... come back tomorrow?" "Come back tomorrow, 100%". We laughed as we turned around right at the beginning of the Old Man of Storr walking trail, passing another couple who shared a knowing glance and a chuckle, as the two of us in our shorts, seemingly unprepared for the gailforce winds and rain, made our way back to our rented Land Rover to instead tackle the trail the next day.
For the last seven years of my life, I had one dream that I refused to let go of: to visit Russia. Although my brother and I plan to go when the pandemic has calmed down, I may not be able to see all of the republics during my first visit to Russia. Due to its level of hospitality, cultural enrichment, spirituality and uniqueness, there are several republics that I want to visit more than others, like Tatarstan.
First things first, 2020 has really put a damper on my traveling plans. I have not gotten the opportunities in life to travel a great deal. In fact, I have never even been on a plane! In the fall of 2020, a trip to New York City was all I dreamed about, but COVID had other plans. I have never been to New York and really wanted to go. So, looking forward to 2021, I have 3 very real and 3 very fictional places I would love to go on a solo trip to.
Surroundings The wind whispering, the night sky filled with stars, and the sound of being alone. In Hagerstown, Maryland, these three things were hard to come by. They were especially difficult to enjoy as the sounds of my latest arguments with my stepmother echoed in my ear. Her constant criticism affected me greatly, and being outside subsided my insecurities she’d placed in my head. I would feel complete as I gazed out into the night, at least for a little while.
When I was 23, I finished university and got an admin job in local government. My friends, on the other hand, went travelling.
It saddens me when people say they could never travel alone. The word "never" implies that there is no possibility, and I always wonder why that is. Why not even consider it?
To my Little Sister, As you may remember, during the summer after my first year at university I decided to do something grand. Something that many in the past saw as common practice, maybe even a priority during their academic years, that for some reason young people shy away from in the 21st century. I decided to plan the most intense Euro trip possible.
Before setting off on my bicycle tour around the world, I knew I wanted to go travelling. I didn’t really think about the method, I imagined I would just pack a backpack and catch a flight somewhere. The rest would figure itself out along the way. I had done small trips before my grand idea; six weeks in Kenya & Tanzania, three weeks in Thailand and city-hopping in Europe. Despite the amazing memories, I did remember the 13-hour bus rides along bumpy roads, whizzing past small towns & villages to get to the cities or the next tourist destination.
Almost everyone can agree that dating apps are superficial, but what happens when that superficial feeling becomes something real?
"I won't lie, I was a bit skeptical just by watching the trailer at first. I could tell it would be very Paris, put another way, very cliché."