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The picture above was taken in Ephesus.
Where my love of travel began
I grew up in Dallas, Texas. I had always wanted to see the world, from a young age. My family had never traveled internationally before I was 11 years old. I remember my family’s first international trip. It was the first time my parents had been overseas. They took my sister along and left me behind because they thought I was too young. Rude! (But I also totally understand. Who wants to explore England with a 7 year old complaining of being tired the whole time?) They even met Jonathan Taylor Thomas, so I really was not happy that they went without me. My sister even has a picture with him! Well, they all loved the experience so much that they brought me the next time, and kept bringing me. Thus, began my love affair with traveling, and consequently, photography.
After graduating high school, I went to Texas A&M University and received my degree in International Studies: Art and Culture with two minors. One in French and one in Architectural History. As you can see, traveling from a young age affected me quite a bit. I had the opportunity to study abroad in Paris, France during college. I remember being scared out of my mind going to a foreign country, not knowing anyone, and expecting to make friends. (Making friends has always been difficult for me. I am introverted and shy.) But it turned out to be one of the best experiences I’ve ever had, and after 8 years, I am still friends with the people I met there. Paris will always have a special place in my heart because of the good times I had with those friends I never thought I would make.
After college, I got a job with the U.S. Government. I investigate Medicare Fraud. Since I have a full-time job, I unfortunately don’t get as much travel time, though I still make traveling a priority.
I have been to 24 countries, most of those in Europe. Visit my Where I’ve Been page to see countries and cities I have been to, when I went, how old I was and where I hope to go in the future. Not all of the destinations are abroad either. For example, I haven’t been wine tasting in Oregon, never been to Seattle or seen the Grand Canyon. I would love to hike part of the PCT and/or the AT. There are countless things I want to do and see in my lifetime.
Most of my travels have been with my family and most trips made before I ever graduated from college. Now that I live in the real world and have a full-time job, I do not get to travel like I used to or like I want to. I said before that I wish I could sell all of my belongings and up and leave. I know a lot of people that have done so, and I am sure I could too, and make it work. There’s just a little thing called ‘fear’ in my way (well, also my pets).
I wanted to take a year off in college to do a work holiday in Australia. I want to get my dive master and dive instructor certificates. Then I would be able to really live the dream! My dad wouldn’t let me do that back then, and ever since, I sort of just forgot about that idea. However, since I am almost 30 years old, and almost aged out of the work holiday option, I am considering doing it now, before I turn 30. Bringing my pets would be a huge pain, but I think it would be worth it in the long run.
What do you all think? Should I go out there and do it?