As I’m planning away with my trip to Lisbon and Vancouver in the next few weeks, trying to fit in another trip between those cities AND starting to figure out where the travel duo will be heading next, I had a random thought – “Woah, I’m actually a traveler now”. Where did I get this travel inspiration from?
Travelling EXCITES me, the thought of finding my next destination gives me the butterflies. If I had the capacity to travel more, I would. No doubt. When I am abroad, I am 59% happier than when I am at my home base. I am free of the responsibilities and commitments temporarily when I am away. It gives me a high.
I tried to remember when this all started… HOW did I become this so called “traveler” but honestly I think I’ve always had it in me. To no surprise, my parents also love to travel, and they brought me along. I’ve grown accustomed to the airports, the packing, the flights, etc. But it wasn’t until my exchange that REALLY did it for me.
2014 was a highlight year for me. I lived abroad in Hong Kong for 9 months as part of my international exchange program in university. If you have the opportunity to do this, I HIGHLY recommend. I had the best time meeting new people from all over the world, fully immersing and discovering a new city. Going into it, I didn’t think to travel on my exchange, it wasn’t at the top of my list. But thankfully that changed. That year alone I went to 5 different countries across Asia.
Each time I pass through immigration, my need to travel and see the world grew. I became obsessed with all things travel.
Loving to travel doesn’t happen overnight, each flight I take made me develop into who I am today (corny, I know).
My Lisbon trip will be another travel milestone for me, I will be going solo, and I am SO SO SO excited for it. Ask me a year ago and I would have told you “you’re crazy”. But here I am anxiously waiting. Nervous? Yeah. But I am so excited to see what this trip brings for me.