I apologize to those of you who, upon reading my title, thought I would be typing a journal entry over a popular Disney movie. There are no genies and magic flying carpets here. However, if I got a certain song stuck in your head, feel free to hum while you read.
The real topic at hand is much more exciting, at least, for me. I’m talking about adventure. I’m talking about foreign lands, and the romance of the strange and unusual. I’m talking about travel!
Now that I’ve been overly dramatic, let me expand on that.
The concept of travel has always appealed to me, as long as I can remember. I’m not exactly sure what makes it so captivating. It could be because I have never explored too far beyond my own front door. Just as easily, it could be the concept of a daring adventure, or meeting new people and experiencing diverse cultures. Perhaps it’s a combination of all of those things. Whatever the reason for its intrigue, travel is a beautiful experience that has evaded me for far too long.
Of course I have had my fair share of inner-state tourism; however, I’m not sure I can count that as an actual travel experience. I have yet to get completely consumed in a foreign land, and become educated in areas far surpassing that of the average tourist. In order to experience this, I know I must get out of this country and find my own adventure.
Recently, I have been exposed to so many opportunities for travel out of the country. Of course, it helps that I attend a university that is incredibly supportive of travel overseas. The opportunities for travel on this campus include China, Ireland, Costa Rica, India, and many other areas. The possibilities really are endless, and I am happy to be attending a university that is just as excited about travel as its students.
This coming May, I will be boarding my FIRST flight, and leaving the country for the FIRST time. While my excitement may or may not be evident thus far, let me just explain.
I AM ECSTATIC.
I will be taking a trip with the Honors program to Ireland. We will be traveling through southern Ireland, stopping in areas like Dublin, Killarney, and Cork. Just thinking about the adventures I will be having in a few short months has me wishing the semester would hurry along. Not only have I been daydreaming about this upcoming trip, but I have been pinning Ireland info like crazy on Pinterest. (I know I’m on Pinterest too much; I’m seeking help.)
I know this trip to Ireland will be only one of the many adventures I plan on taking in my lifetime. I am a firm believer that experiences are worth far more than material things ever could be. If you are like me, and you have always wanted to get out and see what the world has to offer, go do it. I’m serious. DO IT. Don’t let fear stop you. Don’t let what others may think stop you. Don’t let the price of a decent trip stop you. It is all well worth the sacrifices. If you spend all of your time waiting for the perfect moment to travel, you just might be waiting for the rest of your life.