In less than two months, I’ll be living in Europe, with a whole world of exciting destinations, new cultures, and amazing food at my fingertips. I’ll be studying abroad at NYU Florence, and even though the whole “studying” part is going to have to fit in somewhere, travel is finally going to be a constant in my life.
During the past few months, I’ve spent more time than I’d like to admit scrolling through travel blogs, tour websites, and travel photography accounts getting inspiration for places to go, things to see, and how to do it all in the cheapest, most efficient way possible while still getting the most out of every trip. My friends know me for my meticulous planning and outlining of trip information (Google Docs upon Google Docs…), and I honestly enjoy researching travel information and sharing it with others – so that’s exactly what I aim to do with this blog!
Ever since I was a child, I’ve been jet setting and globetrotting with my parents: everywhere from the beaches of Maui to the glaciers of Alaska, from the floating markets of Thailand to the canals of Amsterdam.
At the age of 15, I hopped across the pond to explore London, Paris, Rome, Assisi, and Florence with my best friends. Although we were with a student travel group, our teacher supervisors were super lax and gave us a lot of freedom to wander around and discover the cities ourselves. This gave me my first taste of independent travel, and doing it alongside my four best friends made for memories that will stick with me until the day I die.
As a freshman in college, I took a class at NYU Stern called Stern International Volunteers, which included a service learning trip to Ghana where my classmates and I got to partner with the village of Woadze-Tsatoe to teach and implement entrepreneurship. Exploring both the semi-modernized Ghanaian capital of Accra and the impoverished rural village area showed me startling dualities that contradicted my expectations. Given the opportunity to fully immerse myself in a culture completely foreign to mine, I felt the spark – that trip was life-changing and fully ignited my passion to see the world and learn about every culture within it.
With 18 countries under my belt, I can’t wait to expand that list both through solo travel and through adventures with my friends during my semester abroad. I already have plans to spend January 2018 in another country, as well as another semester abroad in Australia next fall – so if there was ever a perfect time to start a travel blog, this is definitely it.
If you’re reading this, thanks for joining me on my adventures, and hopefully you’ll enjoy exploring this wanderful world vicariously through this blog!