People always say, “Life’s too short”, but they don’t do anything about it. At age 24, I know I want to taste all manner in life and live it to the fullest. I am a "normal" girl in many ways, surrounded by normalcy in life. Chicago-born, I was blessed with opportunities to "vacation" in almost every US state as well as the Caribbean, Mexico, and Bahamas. In addition to the great vacationing my family has blessed me with, I have still possessed more… an inner need to TRAVEL. I want to see and do everything humanely possible, while maintaining a steady and grounded life. I have found that many in the United States do not possess such a desire to embrace cultures unknown, rather they are complacent with their everyday lives of work and play.
Well personally, my “travel itch” needed some desperate scratching two years back, so I decided to (somewhat spontaneously) leave my College town seeking true adventure. Thus, in the Fall of 2008, I ventured to Europe for 4 months to study abroad where I experienced London, Scotland, Barcelona, Dublin, the Scottish and UK highlands, Paris, Rome, Venice, Prague, Berlin, and Switzerland. It was AMAZING and life-changing to say the least.
I have since graduated from the University of Illinois in May of 2009 and have had just over two years experience the workplace in corporate America. I have every day pleasures which keep me endlessly happy, but still get that inevitable "travel itch" every few months. I have since ventured to Australia where I explored Melbourne, Sydney, and the Whitsunday Islands. A year later I flew solo to India where I travelled through six cities in just over two weeks. Throughout the year, I travel nationally a bit here and there, and enjoy my life day by day in Chicago.
I discovered the wonderful world of travel-blogging a little over a year ago; I was immediately hooked. I became obsessed with following complete strangers living out their dreams and traveling the world. I consistently read blogs, look at endless amounts of photos, and learn more about the world than I ever have, through the eyes of others just like myself. While I won’t be doing a full-out year or 18 month Round-The-World trip, I'd like to think I am doing the trip in segments here and there. I dream of a place, save up, plan my trip for weeks, and GO.
The stories in my Blog are of both international and national trips, complete with photographs, anecdotes, and sometimes videos. They begin on my flight to London in September 2008, (at the lovely age of 21), where I began my journal of experiences. I have my most cherished possesion, a hand-written book of writings and scraps from all of my travels, which is what I hope to transport into the virtual world here. My goal is to share my experiences with friends, family, and hopefully strangers like myself. I hope people enjoy my blog and are not only entertained but maybe even inspired to follow their dreams.
After all, life’s too short...