Top 15 Craziest Shit I’ve Done While Traveling

It’s time to get REALLLLL. (I’m sorry, Mom.)

The second you jet off to go live a life abroad, everyone thinks you’re living a boujee, glamorous, insta-worthy life of no struggle and all adventure. And I’ll be honest- I sure make it seem that way on my social media. Since the beginning of my adventures, I’ve had so many people reach out to me asking me how I do it because they want to pursue this life themselves. I started thinking about it and just thought it would be completely unfair of me to not be real with them and warn them exactly what they’re signing up for.

Before you read this list, let me warn you: this is not “cute” crazy. Like, this isn’t “oh my gosh I went skydiving in New Zealand with a complete stranger strapped to me” crazy. This is messy, reallllll, crazy shit that I have done to either keep traveling, survive while traveling, or just because traveling got the best of me. Okay great, let’s go!

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  1. Just embraced the fact that I have had TWO airplanes fall out of the sky because I traveled on the sketchiest airlines just because they were the cheapest. Y’all. I’m not kidding. This wasn’t a bit of turbulence. This was my ass waking up from a deep(ish) sleep, to it not being on the seat anymore and me seeing the numbers on the “altitude” part of the screen in front of me just dropping. Is my life really worth saving money by purchasing an $89 flight? Yeah, probs.
  2. Went the Eastern route instead of the Western route while flying to Australia from New York. Yeah, a 16 hour flight, 2 hour layover in China, and right back on to a 10 hour flight. But again, saving that cash monaaaay honaaay.
  3. Survived on a diet of oatmeal, chocolate, and $5 wine for 5 weeks. I literally spent every cent I had on the visa, the internship program, and my last minute flights (thank you British Consulate of New York), so London was a toughie but we did THAT.
  4. Considered taking an airbnb that was literally tents in someone’s shed. I wish I was kidding. Thank GOD I had a loyal ass friend who forbid me from doing it, but those airbnb prices for Hogmanay in Scotland were that scary.
  5. Speaking of Scotland, brought my own bagels, peanut butter, and jelly to eat for every meal. Made a few exceptions because I definitely wanted to try a boozy milkshake and some haggis, but again. She. Did. THAT.
  6. Took a job as a door-to-door salesperson selling solar panels. What’s good Australia? Plus side: found out I’m good with sales and made good money. Also got all my steps in (and then some) for a while. Down side: v-dangerous and ended up dealing with the police because of it. Let’s not do that again.
  7. Ate Oreos for breakfast every day for a week. Honestly, this one wasn’t even that bad. And I was in Bali so who can really even complain.
  8. Walked 1.5 hours in the heat because I didn’t have cell service to call a ride. Bali did me dirty here. The only way to get around really is by GoJek which is an app on your phone that has drivers pick you up on their scooter (think uber but for scooters instead of cars) (not sponsored. I wish). I was completely alone, in the middle of nowhere, and no idea how to get home, other than knowing it was a 30 minute SCOOTER ride there. Luckily, I made it on to the main road JUST before dark and got some cell service to call a ride. Which leads me to…
  9. Accepted a ride from a complete stranger with three other people on a scooter. This guy seriously had a whole ass family on there. But desperate times…
  10. Bought shots for group of strangers I had just met, and then had to survive on $0.65 for two weeks. Okay, but doesn’t everyone do this at some point?
  11. Asked boys on tinder to listen to my work presentation so I could practice it. When you travel solo and time differences are not in your favor, you’ve got to use your resources.
  12. Speaking of boys, went on a first-date binge for 2 weeks so that I could at least have one free meal a day. Not terribly proud of this one, but hey, I’m being honest.
  13. Lived out of the storage room at the cafe I work at. This was as I was low key moving out of the house I was in without anyone noticing because I hadn’t told them yet, and when my hostel was available. Shoutout to my boss for being the MVP.
  14. Went grocery shopping at ALDI for a week’s worth of groceries with 2 euro. AND SUCCEEDED. I’m putting this one on my CV as a special skill.
  15.  I continue to travel. I had a moment today where I realized how damn proud I am of all that I’ve done, how much I’ve hustled and struggled and all I’ve given up to keep going, and yet succeeded in chasing my dreams, and just how determined I am to not give up. Don’t get me wrong- there have been several crossroads where I had to decide if it was too much or if I should keep going. And this is the craziest of them all because no matter how hard it gets, I refuse to quit.

So yeah, this life is definitely amazing, inspirational, incredible, shake your heart, soul, and core fantastic. I have gained so much and have had so many wins on this journey. But its definitely not for the weak of heart. At the end of the day, just like everything in life, it all comes down to how much do you want it, and how willing are you to prove it?

Stay kind x

A love letter to 2018

I have never been so sad to say goodbye to a year. Usually around this time, I’m ecstatic to move on to a new chapter and close the book on the last 12 months of my life. But 2018, you hold a special place in my heart.

I wanted to compile a list of lessons I’ve learned and that I want to bring with me into this new year to serve as a reminder to myself and anyone else who might need it. Here we go!

 

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Let go of past hurt and forgive. It’s not easy, but it will bring you more love than you ever thought you deserved. Remember you also have moments your are not proud of. Show compassion. Be humble.

Keep the faith. Faith in yourself, faith in your truth, faith that there will be brighter days.

You are so strong, but even strong people have weak moments. So don’t be stubborn and call on that support system. They’ve got you.

You lose nothing in putting it all out there. You lose an opportunity if you don’t. Career opportunities, feelings for someone else, bold moves (sometimes to a different country). Go all in and put it all out there. You will never regret it.

Success comes in waves. So does struggle. Be grateful for it all. Not every day will be your best, and not every day will be your worst. Continue to ride it out and take it all as it comes.

Travel. It’s good for the soul. Australia taught me family doesn’t have to be blood and if there’s family, there is home. Indonesia taught me to reflect and heal.  Now Ireland. Keep them coming.

Try to make a connection with anyone who crosses your path. Have some big talk. You never know what they could end up meaning to you.

You can manifest many things in your life, but it doesn’t always mean its right for you. Trust that the universe will show you a better way.

Know when to call it quits. Friendships, relationships, jobs, experiences. This does not mean you failed. Know when something is no longer serving you. Move on.

Time alone is time to grow. Self-reflect. Introspect. Grow.

Every encounter is precious. You may not have seen someone in weeks, months, or maybe years. Do not pass up an opportunity to reconnect. When you do, always share with them what that encounter has meant to you.

“I love you.” These are not dirty words. Give your loved ones everything you have- including the knowledge that you love them. Every family member, friend, boyfriend/girlfriend, even someone you’ve known for a day. If you feel it, say it. Out loud. Scream it from the rooftops. Remind them, over and over and over again so that there is never a doubt.

You are valuable and have so much to give. That’s that on that.

Stay kind. 

My arms are wide open for you 2019.

Happy New Year x