In my posts over the past few weeks I’ve discussed what I plan to do on my round the world volunteer trip, where I will be going, and who I will be going through. A lot of my friends keep asking my what is making me want to do all this. It is a good question, and one that I honestly don’t have a complete answer to. There are many different factors driving me to travel next year, such as I’ve always wanted to travel, I’ve always wanted to do a volunteer abroad program, and I just feel like I need to do it sooner rather than later, and maybe I’m also running away from life a little bit too, who knows.
So far I feel like I’ve rushed through my early twenties. I graduated college before I even turned 21, spent my entire 21st year miserable because I was working full time and going to Grad school. I then dealt with a family medical issue, where I had to take a few weeks off from work, and if it wasn’t for that break from work and school, I wouldn’t have realized just how miserable I had been and would have spent all of year 22 just as miserable. The entire time that I was working full-time and going to school, I told myself once I was done with my degree I would just take off and leave, and just travel wherever my heart desired. So even though most people seem to think my decision to do this round the world trip was sporadic, in a way it really wasn’t.
I always planned to go alone too. I’ve always thought of different friends I could ask to meet up with in different locations, but I always planned to initially leave alone. This seems to be another huge concern between my close friends and family. I realize that I’m a young, pretty girl and not everyone in the world is nice, and I know that I will be just fine out there on my own. Plus, it’s not like I plan to be alone the entire time either. When I am in Mexico, Fiji, Bali, and Italy, I will be volunteering alongside an entire group of people, even though I will be showing up alone. And even on the days that I will be on my own, I’m sure I’ll meet other traveller’s or backpackers in the hostels or hotels I will be staying in, and can go out on day adventures with them.
Yeah I know you shouldn’t trust strangers, but there is definitely a difference to meeting someone random on a street versus meeting someone you’ll be sharing a hostel room with. I’m also not a big drinker, so chances are I won’t go out a ton at night, and if I did I’d be sober and very conscious of where I am.
So why am I doing this round the world trip? Since I haven’t done much in my twenties yet, I figure I might as well do something now while I still can. I don’t have a car payment, a house payment, any student loans, and nothing to hold me back. The one thing I have is my dog Shadi, but I know my parents would be more than willing to take care of her while I’m gone. One of my friends told me that when I get back, that’s it, that’s where my travel story will end. I honestly don’t believe that one bit. I think that this trip will finally give me the taste of for travel that I’ve been craving the past couple years, and will only be the beginning to my life of travel.