Moving back to New Hampshire from San Diego was a hard decision. If I had a dollar for every person who said to me, “why are you moving back there in the middle of winter,” I would be able to retire right now. I was stuck in a rut. I wasn’t fully happy with what was going on in my life and knew I wanted more. Making a large change was what I needed to catapult me in that direction. I decided I needed to keep on with my quest to find out what fulfilled me. Sure, this seems simple, but the longer I experience life, the more I realize that most people are not filling up their hearts with happiness the way I believe humans are supposed to.
After moving I started to do a lot of thinking about what was going to make me tick. I have a lot of interests and hobbies, but I started thinking more long term. One of the things that I have always had a passion for is traveling. Since I was little, my family always went on vacations every winter. It was always one of my favorite times of the year considering I am a full blown beach bum and I loved hitting the sand in the middle of February. Before I even started college, I knew I wanted to study abroad in Australia. After college, I drove across the country and my wheels started turning about where I would go next.
Because I lived so far away from family, I often spent all of my precious vacation days flying back home. Because of this, I put my travel plans on the back burner. After much reflection and newfound freedom, I have decided that travel and adventure is something that truly makes me happy and that must always be a part of my life
I was lucky enough to be able to go down to Nicaragua with a great group of people last week. I had the most amazing time and being around other people who had a thirst for new cultures and adventure make me realize that going forward, this will be a priority. Some people say they don’t have money to travel, but I am realizing that sacrificing other areas in your life so that you can jump on a plane is surly worth it.
I have also planned a three week trip to Thailand by myself in the month of March. I am scared to travel so far alone, but know that the experiences I will have will stay with me forever and make me a better, more well rounded person.
More to come on my adventures, but my advice is to not be afraid of new places and cultures. The world is can be a scary and bad place, but for each negative there are a hundred more positive and beautiful things.
Happy Traveling XO