Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Hey, you know those things you've always wanted to do? You should go do them.

I always thought a lifetime dream of mine was way too unattainable. It would never be the right time. I would never have enough money, I won't ever have the time... blah blah blah. But you know what I realized? It will never be the right time. I will never have enough money and I will always find a reason why I couldn't live my dream. So you know what? I decided to change that.
My entire life, I've been in love with traveling. My mom always instilled in us that the value of memories always outweigh the value of material possessions. I could brag to you and tell you all the neat places I've been to in my short 20 years and I am very blessed to say that. But there's always been a voice in the back of my head nagging me that I want more. I want to see the world. I want to see MORE of the world.
My best friend and I had always talked about going backpacking through Europe together. It was always something we discussed in future tense, never really saying when we would do it. I don't lie when I say that it was a clear sign from the heavens when I was scrolling through Facebook and an ad  from the same company that sent my school group to France & London in 2011. Turns out, they  also send college students around the world... Do you see where I am going with this?

All those times when I would close my eyes and dream of walking the River Seine again, or the times where I dream of riding a gondola through Venice, or baking in the sun on the French Rivera. All those dreams could be REALITY.

I could do it. I could live my dream. So you know what? I decided to make it happen.

After a bit of research, I found that it would actually be possible to us to go and we wouldn't be 'backpacking'. We'd be traveling the world in 4 star hotels.  Of course it would require a strict savings plan (which we already have in place) and wouldn't be possible to go till a year and a half from now (in order to save up enough to go.) But it was possible and I decided that it will happen.

So you've heard it here first. My best friend and I will be going for 35 days to over 7 countries traveling the world. When else in my life will I be able to drop everything for 35 days to travel to Italy, France, Greece, Ireland, Spain and many more with my best friend? The answer is never. Soon, I will have a 'real' job or even a husband and a family and I will never be given an opportunity like this again. (Not too soon, don't worry).

I won't let this slip through my hands and I couldn't be more excited about it.

I've turned my dream into a plan.


  1. Just out of curiosity: Why do you opt for the 4-star route?
    Is that something like a guided travel bus tour thing you have in mind? Something like Contiki?

    If I were you, I think I'd opt for the "backpacking" route. Should cost you way less money and maybe you'd be able to discover some more places / sights / spots off the beaten track.
    I think part of travelling is also exploring... you know not just being spit out of a bus in front of sights, But maybe we have different unterstandings of travelling.

    Nonetheless, kudos to your decision to make that dream a plan.
    All the best for saving up and planning your trip.
    I am sure you'll have the time of your life.

    I am happy to share more ideas of travelling Europe with you if you want.
    Cheers Chrissi

    1. I totally agree with you! For me and my friend, the decision to use a company was to not only give our parents reassurance that we will be safe, but also to make sure that we really get a better bang for our buck. I'd love to hear any advice you have!

      Thanks so much


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