Sometimes I cannot believe I didn’t even have a passport five years ago.
It wasn’t that I didn’t travel, I started traveling with my parents as a child and have continued to travel throughout the United States. But other than a couple of trips into Canada—before passports were required—I had never left the country.
Wow has that changed!
It started with a visit to Ireland to a road trip through what has to be one of the greenest places on earth…filled with sheep, cows and endless pints of Guinness. I loved it so much I returned a few months later to explore by train.
Having been bitten by the international travel bug, I couldn’t stop. In the last five years I have traveled to Germany, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Holland, Estonia, Latvia, Panama, Belize, Guatemala, Canada, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, and Aruba.
My adventures have been as varied as my destinations. I’ve hiked through the Amazon jungle…practiced archery with the help of a medieval knight…sailed with pirates…dined with members of royal courts…slept in castles…sampled cuisine prepared by some of the world’s best chefs…and stood overlooking the wonder of Machu Picchu.
I have also spent a fair amount of time being pampered in luxurious five-star spas. And did I mention wine tastings? There have been more of those than I can count. It’s quite a life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
My life wasn’t always filled with international travel. There was a time when I spent countless hours in an office working on tax returns and accountings—a career completely unsuitable for my outgoing fun-loving personality.
But, that was my reality. Day in and day out—numbers, numbers, numbers. I had very little free time for travel and frankly, not enough money. Now the only numbers I’m counting are the passport stamps I’m collecting!
You know how most people start the New Year with a list of resolutions—things like lose weight, exercise more, and save money? Well, I start the New Year by making travel plans.
In fact I’m leaving for Buenos Aires in a few days to soak up some of the city’s colorful Latin American culture. After that I will be heading to England and a bit later in the year France is in the plans. And I am just getting started—Africa and parts of Asia are also in the travel plans.
Travel has opened up a so many new worlds for me. I love connecting with people from other cultures and seeing what daily life is like for them. Traveling has also given me a confidence in myself that was previously untapped. I truly feel like I can travel anywhere and overcome anything.
With all this traveling you are probably wondering if I’ve won the lottery or inherited a fortune—but that’s not the case. I became a travel writer and now I’m getting paid to travel and write about my experience.
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