Adventures of an Aspiring Traveler Stuck in High School
I don’t know if I am even allowed to consider myself a “traveler” and I’m barely even still a high school student. I am about to enter my second and final semester of my last year of mandatory education and I’ve only ever really been out of the country once.
I’m at that point in my life where everyone is asking me what I will be doing after graduation. My answer is simply, “I have no clue” but in reality, I do. I want to travel the world and love people of all cultures and backgrounds. Often times I don’t tell people this because their disapproval is clearly shown by the look on their face. They expect the same cookie-cutter response that most teenagers in my class would say, “I’m going to college to become a ____” (fill in the blank with any typical middle class, decent paying 9-5 job you can think of). I’m not saying this is bad. Good for you if that is what you want to do with your life, but personally, I crave more. I need more.
First Travel Experience
My first time really traveling was almost two years ago when I went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. It was my first time out of the country and I did not know any of the people I was going with until the day before. I remember the feeling of pure excitement when I got on my flight to meet them. I had taken a huge step, perhaps one that has shifted the direction of my whole life and I was more excited than ever. At 16, I left my family for the first time and got a tiny taste of travel and independence.
While in the D.R. I fell in love. Not with the sandy beaches, the crystal blue Caribbean Sea, or even the sweet, juicy mangoes. I fell in love with the culture and with travel. I remember falling asleep the first night in a room with seven or so other girls in a single room. My head was near a window that overlooked the street and the unfamiliar sounds and smells soothed me to sleep. I was at home in a place that was foreign to me.
My dream is simple: experience all that the world has to offer and give it all right back. The question is, what can I begin doing now as an eighteen year old with no savings, who is still in school? I was inspired by my favorite YouTubers “Yes Theory” to find my dream and take one small step in pursuing it (video below). So, I guess this blog is my first step. As I begin to learn and fail and grow closer to my goal, I will post updates. This is basically going to be my own personal experience. If you’re reading this, it means I decided to share it with the world. I hope that by some miracle, my story will inspire you to do the same and take the first small step towards your dream.