It had been on my mind for a really long time. Leaving my day-to-day, 9-5 job and pursue my dream of travel. I would always say “one day I will quit my job and travel” but why not make that “one day” happen today? The longer I waited out of fear the more I felt less likely it would happen.
After working countless mundane jobs that didn’t feel like ‘me’, I decided that I had had enough. I’ve always disliked wasting time and I had felt like I had wasted so many years already not doing what I love.
1 month ago I finally decided to turn the word ‘someday’ in to ‘today’. I took a huge risk quitting my ‘secure’ job to pursue 6 months of travel. I had no idea what I was doing and if I could make it work but I owed it to myself to try. I knew that failing was better than never even trying. I am not lucky. I am brave. I took a risk. I have never felt more like this is exactly what I’m supposed to do.
It is one thing to say you want to do something and it is another to actually do it. I never felt like my job was enough and any long weekend or time off I found myself escaping my desk to go on some sort of adventure.
The travel seed was planted in me when I was 22 years old. I went on my first overseas trip to Europe and immediately fell in love with travel. I love the freedom of exploring new cities, learning about new cultures, and trying exotic foods. After my trip to Europe I found myself wanting to visit countries I never thought I would prior. I suddenly felt brave and like I could do anything I wanted in life. Back then, my 22-year-old self dreamed of visiting several countries while circumnavigating the world.
Another push to travel comes from my love of photography. I find the world to be so inspiring. Since high school it has been my dream “to travel and take pictures” and I am grateful I am able to make that happen.
My destination of choice for my overseas trip is Africa. Why Africa? Because it has always been a dream of mine to go on a safari and do volunteer work in Africa. After a ton of research I decided to start my travels in Tanzania doing volunteer photography work for different organizations. After that I will be heading to Port Elizabeth, South Africa to teach photography. After my time volunteering I plan to travel around parts of Southern and Eastern Africa. I’m not sure exactly where my travels will lead me but I have decided to keep an open mind an no matter what happens I will choose to be happy.