Like many backpackers, I also booked a one way ticket to Thailand without knowing when I would be back, and it’s now been three months and I am still traveling! Backpacking has been one of the craziest/enriching/fascinating experiences I’ve had in my life. I’ve visited beautiful countries, I’ve made amazing friends from all over the world, and I’ve had the opportunity to completely immerse myself in different cultures.
But before I go on, let me tell you about myself. I’m 22 years old and I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Growing up I always knew I wanted to go backpacking, but never thought I had the courage to do it. It was something I dreamed of doing, but thought it would just never happen. I always had some excuse to not do it. I thought I wouldn’t have the time, the money, or someone to travel with. It scared me.
However, in my junior year of college, things changed. It was about time where uncertainty of the future kicked in. The “I’m graduating in a year and I still don’t know what I’m doing with my life” hit me really hard (and most people who have been to college can probably relate to this, it’s nerve-wracking). After thinking about things, I realized “Why not go traveling?”, it just seemed as the perfect solution (and it kinda was). So I got ahead with credits, and graduated a semester earlier from JMU. This gave me the opportunity to travel for a few months with my boyfriend before we move to London in August.
Everyone has a different story and a different situation. You might be working already, or trying to take a gap year from university, but the point is to just make time to travel & get outside of your comfort zone. It’s probably one of the best experiences you can have in life and the best way to learn about different cultures.
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