Travel Makes Me Happy

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



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