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I was first bitten by the travel bug while in my third year of University. It was summer break and I had a week off from work, so naturally I said ‘F#@! it’ and booked an all-inclusive vacation to Varadero, Cuba leaving the next morning. Yes, the next day cuz I’m crazy like dat. I went on the trip with my sister, and best friend, Dru. That trip truly changed my life and opened my world up to the adventure that’s out there. I swam in the clearest waters I’ve ever seen, snorkelled for the first time, went on adventures/excursions, fell in travel love with a local who barely spoke English, danced to Cuban music and experienced another culture for the first time in my life. It was truly magical.
When I graduated university I had an urge to do a Eurotrip – yes, cliche, i know, but it’s cliche for a reason! It was amaaaaaazing! (DO IT.) Dru and I backpacked through 10 countries and 21 cities in 60 days that summer and It. Was. Awe. Some. We met some amazing new friends, explored the cities during the day, indulging in all the food, wine and dessert we wanted and then we partied every, single, night. Our theme song for the trip was Danza Kuduro – It was the song back then and always got us hyped up for the night ahead.
After my EuroTrip, I decided it was time to get a “real” job now that I was back to reality. I got a job at as a trade processor at a Hedge Fund company but after six months, I knew I couldn’t stay there forever. I was working in a cubicle and the office was always so quiet you could hear a pin drop. I hated it and I started looking for other work opportunities. Soon after, I got hired as an assistant store manager at a new retail store but the job wouldn’t be starting for a few months after my offer. I took that time to plan my next backpacking adventure and Dru and I set off for Central America. We started in Guatemala and worked our way through Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. This trip was unbelievable in a completely different way than Europe. This was our adventure trip.
We had so many outdoor adventures like white water rafting in Costa Rica, exploring Tikal and the Mayan ruins in Guatemala, ziplining through the cloud forest, we saw the Running of the Bulls in Nicaragua, we even had a near death experience with a rip tide and so much more. Words can’t do justice to just how awesome this trip was.
When we got back to reality, I started my new job and moved in with my then boyfriend Andrew. He quickly moved up the ranks in my life as fiance and became my husband in the spring of 2014.
We got married, went on our honeymoon and moved into our new condo all in the span of a few weeks. Life was good, but I wanted more. I didn’t love my job and I was yearning for another backpacking adventure. I knew that I wanted to explore South East Asia and I wanted to go for a minimum of three months. I also knew that I would never get that much time off of work and would have to quit. In January of 2015 I was able to convince Andrew to do it with me, so we decided that we would quit in the summer and just do it because YOLO.
Then two days after deciding that I was going to quit my high paying job in retail management, I got the call that my company would be closing down and I would be out of a job in a few months. To many people this was devastating news but to me it seemed like the universe was sending me a sign and lining up the stars to make this trip happen.
I got laid off and took the time to plan our trip to South East Asia. I was over the moon excited about our first backpacking trip together! Then in June Andrew got a job offer at a company that was too good to turn down so our joint adventure became my solo adventure. I was devastated that Andrew wouldn’t be coming with me but something in my heart wouldn’t let me give up on my dream of exploring South East Asia. I knew that it was now or never. Being the amazing man that he is, he supported my decision to go without him. I couldn’t love or respect him more if I tried. As a was in line to start the boarding process I cried my eyes out but this solo trip was one of the best things I could have ever done in my life.
Andrew and I met up in Bali for the last part of my trip and it was phenomenal. He got bitten by the travel bug there and it wasn’t hard for me to convince him to quit our jobs, rent our apartment, pack our things and go on a Round The World trip!
This part of the story is yet to come, but I can’t wait to share all the details, photos, tips, and videos with you guys! If you made it this far, kudos to you, I hope I didn’t bore you to death. Keep checking the blog weekly for new posts/videos!