This summer I was planning on staying here in New Jersey, but that’s not the case anymore. There are so many things to experience and so many opportunities out there that I couldn’t possibly stay still for one summer. People are always asking me how I can go on these trip and the secret is I work and I save. If you set a goal for yourself, tell yourself you want to do something, it is easy to save up money! Sacrifice a few weekends of going to AC, buying those new shoes, splurging on a new phone– save the money spent on materialistic items and luxuries for a life altering experience instead.
I am very thankful for my parents who have always been so supportive of me. They help me pay for school and this summer they are helping me with my India trip. I pitched the idea to them and they agreed to invest in me. I know some parents are not as understanding as mine, so I am truly thankful for them.
Why do I love traveling? It has changed my life. I used to be quiet, sad, and lonely; at one point I would even say I was depressed. I struggled with eating disorders for years and had a lot of angst and hatred for those around me and for myself. Traveling independently has forced me to become more open and has taught me to be less afraid. I’ve met so many AMAZING and wonderful people who have shook my world and turned it upside down. I have best friends all over the country and all over the world– all of whom I love dearly. Leaving America and seeing what other cultures are like helped me learn to love myself. After my trip to Malawi, I felt silly for being anything less than appreciative of all that I have here in America: family, friends , food too eat, and everything I want at the grasp of my fingertips. I realized how selfish it is to be sad and depressed– how it’s the biggest waste of time to feel this way. I learned to love myself. Traveling is my therapy and is a way for me to continue to learn, to live, and to love!