Congratulations! You’re one of my very first readers. My name is John and this is my big debut into the never-ending world of travel blogging. I have been having an internal debate about what my first post should really be about. Should I just go right into talking about travel tips? Or should I talk about my own travel experiences? Ultimately, I’ve decided that there is no point in writing about my experiences if you, my readers, don’t even know anything about me and how I’ve gotten here.
For most of my life I have always been interested in travelling abroad, but my parents’ idea of visiting different countries was going to Disney’s EPCOT. However, even though this wasn’t the experience I necessarily wanted, it did give me the exposure to the world outside of America that I needed.
Flash forward a couple of years to high school. When I started looking at different colleges and universities to attend there were countless different aspects to take into consideration. I always insisted that we meet with the study abroad office at every school to see what types of programs they offered and how to apply etc. I knew that I was not going to be graduating college without spending at least one semester abroad.
Flash forward again to my sophomore year at Ramapo College when I decided to study abroad in Valencia, Spain. It was my first time leaving the country and I had been waiting for it my whole life. My boyfriend, Ryan, and I decided to go abroad together to make the experience even more memorable. We were able to travel to 9 countries and 15 cities during our time in Europe. Every day was like a new adventure, even when we were staying in our host city. Everyone told me that living in a foreign country for four months would change me, but I wasn’t prepared for how immense that change would be.
I remember distinctly the exact moment the plane touched down in Philadelphia that I began crying because I did not want to give up my lifestyle of exploring new places and new cultures. I attempted to navigate my way through the foggy months that followed, but soon realized that I did not like the path that my future was headed for. I had always dreamed of being a teacher someday, but I wanted more than that for myself. I wanted to see the world and leave everything behind. Ryan and I began talking and decided that we both wanted to move to Spain together, go to graduate school, and eventually live there for good.
After doing more research we came to realize that moving out of the U.S. would be much more difficult than we thought and began to rethink our plan. I had decided to continue my education to become a teacher (I’m indecisive), and we continued on our merry way, planning weekend trips and longer vacations for almost every month.
It wasn’t until recently that I stumbled across a travel blog titled Intrepid Introvert written by a young woman from New Zealand that was travelling full-time. I became engulfed in her journey and how she had gotten to this point. Like me, she had become frustrated with the mundane career path that she was on and wanted more from her life. I was amazed at how she and her boyfriend, World Nate, were able to turn blogging into a career.
I sit here today staring into my computer screen attempting to perfect my first blog post and hope to follow in the footsteps of the many bloggers before me. I want to be able to reach across the internet and share my story with you. In the upcoming months expect to hear about my upcoming trips (listed on my sidebar), tips for travelling on a budget, and things I have learned from past travelling.
I hope you stick around and hit the follow button to the right and check out my social media accounts as well. Welcome to my journey, it’s going to be a blast!