As I’m particularly placing clothes in my suitcase, I started to think. I’m venturing away from my COMPLETE comfort zone, into a foreign place– in only a few days. Not just any foreign place either, but to a couple different locations where I’ll know not a soul AND everyone will mainly speak Portuguese or Spanish. I’ll be hopping on a plane (really like 3 planes actually) and leaving North America for thefirst time, for an entire WEEK. Although I’ve been to several North American surrounding destinations, such as: Hawaii, a bunch of Caribbean islands, etc. I “technically” haven’t wandered off too far from the North American continent! So, this is pretty much going to be insane..
I’m traveling to (two different cities) the stunning European country of Portugal! Not only am I heading to Portugal, but I’m heading there…ALONE. Just me, my suitcase, laptop and phone- is this concerning yet? While I DID get to take my first solo trip last year to beautiful Seattle, Washington– this isn’t the same thing. A few people have asked me “Why not just travel solo-dolo domestically?” They have a point, there are a variety of wonderful places to visit in the US of A- there really are -but that’s not what I want to do. I’ve also had friends say “Wow! Count me in! I’m coming with you!” I’ve also shut that down because I prefer to experience this alone. I’ve deemed 2016 as my international year and really that’s it, I’m sticking to it. There are several reasons why I feel that not only traveling alone, but also traveling overall, is such a monumental adventure that I think every traveler/ non-traveler should try…at least ONCE.
Before I explain those reasons, I want to tell you where my passion for traveloriginated! My dad (hey pops!) is the cause for my strong desire. He has been a flight attendant my entire life (he still is one to this day), which has allowed my family and me to be exposed to the many wonders of the world. I’m forevergrateful for it too, it’s been a pleasure! As a child, my parents would sit us down in the living room and explain to us that it’s time for our family vacation. This was freaking music to my ears man! I loved vacationing! It would be like 150 days out until our vacation and I would steadily be marking off each day on my homemade calendar, which would hang on the fridge (I was THAT kid). I also created all of these “budget sheets” essentially, where I would save my allowance to allocate towards different excursions and tours to do once we went on our trip. I was so serious about these trips! Those were the golden days.
Traveling is one of THE most important hobbies that I have and it’s also where I’ve created some of my greatest, most unforgettable childhood and adult memories too. Not to mention, working in the travel industry with a bunch of travel-crazy people definitely adds fuel to my fire. There are probably like a trillion reasons ofwhy traveling is a pivotal experience, that I could easily go on and on about but, I’m not going to do y’all like that :). SO, I’ll layout my top 5 reasons instead: