For years, I aimlessly gave in to the ways of the world and sacrificed money and time on things that ultimately didn’t matter. I wasted my youth wishing I could look like the models in magazines instead of accepting my body for what it was. I wasted my college years chasing a boy who I knew wasn’t the one for me. I was constantly searching for something but I didn’t know what.
It wasn’t until I went through a major break up in 2014 that I finally did some much needed soul searching. I decided to go on my first out-of-the-country trip, alone. Well, technically it was with a group of people at church but no one from my family would be joining me.
I immediately applied for my passport and within a few weeks I was attending classes to go on my trip to the Dominican Republic.
Needless to say, that trip changed my life.
I knew immediately that I was meant to travel. It’s what I’d been craving all these years. What I’d been searching for. I wanted to experience other cultures and I wanted to see my own world in a new light. I wanted to change my point of view on a lot of things and not be so small minded. I wanted to meet people from other countries and learn where they come from and how life works for them.
I came home with a strong feeling of wanting to travel again and wanting to see more and more of this beautiful world that we live in. That’s when I knew that the travel bug didn’t just bite but it affected me, body and soul. It changed who I was as a person and it made me grow in ways I didn’t even think were possible.
I look at people now with a more open mind. I give people the benefit of the doubt instead of jumping to the worst conclusion. I have more patience and am more understanding in stressful situations.
Travel has the power to inflict a positive change in peoples lives. It has the power to cause happiness and an overwhelming feeling of joy. Every time I visit a new country, city or state – I get immensely excited and can’t wait to explore it. Travel has made me realize things about myself that I wasn’t sure about before. It’s made me fully accept my passions in life and let go of things that I don’t need.