World Wanderer

People often ask me countless questions about my travels. Mainly why I do it and how I do it. It’s surprising to me that people can’t understand my joy of traveling. I find it even more surprising that people think it’s impossible to travel so much at my age and with my pay. So I figured I’d make a post about how I travel and why. Crans-Montana, Switzerland Why do you travel?

This question makes me giggle. It’s usually followed with “Isn’t America good enough for you?” No, dear friends, it isn’t. Traveling opens you up to so much more than our simple American lifestyles. I’ve had my reasons for traveling, but I was curious about a friend of mine who’s been to twice the amount of places I have. I asked him the same question, and I have to say I was completely impressed by his answer, and I’d like to use it to an extent: I travel to open my eyes, to learn, to grow, and to soften my soul. I travel to be apart of something that’s different to me but normal to others. I travel to experience life through some one else’s shoes. I travel to learn how to just…be. Grand Canyon, Arizona Do you travel alone?

Yes and no. I travel alone in the sense that when I leave this country, I’m leaving everyone I have ever associated with behind. But I travel with people I have never met before. I feel that traveling “alone” opens a lot of doors. It forces you to make new friends, which is always beneficial! See…you automatically have places to stay in other parts of the world ๐Ÿ˜‰ Greenwich, London, UK Crans-Montana, Switzerland London, UKWhere have you been?

  • United States (of course..)
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Cayman Islands
  • England
  • France
  • Switzerland
  • Austria
  • Italy
  • Liechtenstein
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Spain
  • Taiwan
  • Morocco

I definitely plan on expanding this list to the max!

How can you afford to travel?

Let me be honest with you, since I’m brand new to the whole worldwide traveler thing, it’s pretty hard. But not as hard as everyone makes it. It’s not like you have to spend your life’s savings just to buy a plane ticket. You just have to plan for it. Make a goal, find out how much the trip will cost, and save little by little! If you’re doing volunteer work abroad, it’s even cheaper. And honestly, the better option. It helps you communicate and understand the locals and the culture more. It promotes personal growth! And if you volunteer, you can get people to sponsor and donate to your funds.

How do you choose places to go?

I place myself in front of a map, close my eyes, and point. Just kidding (: It’s something that you need time to kind of mull over. If it’s a trip in the far future, really think about the places you’re craving. Beach? Cayman IslandsCity? London, UKOld architecture with rich history? Notre-Dame, Paris, FranceAnother great way is just spontaneity! if you’re already out of the country, take a short weekend away from it in a nearby area. Airfare is usually quite cheap once you’re outside of the US.

Will you ever stop traveling?

No. I will never stop. As long as I can get myself onto a plane, breath by myself, and be consciously aware of my surroundings, I will always travel. Even if it can only be the next town over ๐Ÿ˜‰ San Fransisco, CaliforniaDo you have any tips for traveling internationally?

Yes I do! But I’ll share that with you in an upcoming post, since I’m preparing for an international trip right now (:

Do you think I should travel more?

Yesss. And that will always be my answer. Traveling is one of the most beautiful experiences you can have. There’s a quote I read somewhere that I absolutely love: “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”

Live it. Do it. I dare you.

Mary Jane xx
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