Before college, I had never set foot outside of the United States. My parents have never been abroad and I never went on real vacations. Travel always seemed to belong to the wealthy, something for those more privileged than myself.
So when I started my college career, I took it upon myself to find my own way to see the world. My first experience with travel was a study abroad program in Aix-en-Provence and it changed my life. Since then, I have backpacked across several countries and interned in far-away places. I started saving my extra money for plane tickets, skimping on groceries to buy travel gear, throwing all my spare change into the adventure jar. And before too long, I was a jet-setter. Then I decided to share my experiences, tips, mistakes, and triumphs with people who, like me, are trying to see the world on a limited budget. I hope the tips and advice on this site will help others make their own adventures.
This blog follows my journey, starting with my first experiences abroad and continuing to trace my bumpy, disorganized, and indirect path through life as I struggle to find out where I belong, who I want to be, and what I want to do when I “grow up.”
For me decisions are hard. Currently, a nutritional science and French double major, I’ve changed my degree plan 3 times. In a world so vast and with so much possibility, I have trouble deciding on everything from classes to take to where I should book my next flight. But the important thing is that I always make a decision in the end, following what I love and what makes me happy. My path might not be efficient or straight. But it certainly is adventurous. And I have no doubt that I will eventually end up where I am supposed to be.
Until then, I’m just enjoying the ride.