One of my favorite places that I have ever traveled is Ireland. More than any other country I have traveled to, I feel like I really immersed myself into Irish culture. My good friend Ciara, who I was traveling with, has a lot of family in Cavan County which is just north of Dublin. We flew into Dublin and then took a two-hour bus ride to stay with her family.
For four days I lived with an Irish family the way they would. The Irish were playing in the World Cup while I was there which was extremely exciting. The countryside was absolutely beautiful, and the people could not have been more welcoming.
Something that will always stick with me is how people greeted Ciara. She and her father travel to Cavan often. Every time she saw someone she knew or someone who knew her dad, they said, “Welcome home.”
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” -J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Dreams are powerful, everyone should dream. But dreaming is not enough, at some point, you need to act to accomplish your dreams. Take care of the little things, and the big things will fall into place if you take the necessary steps.
I’m not sure where I will go next, but I know Banff National Park in Canda is my most desired travel location at the moment. The pictures I have seen are absolutely breathtaking. I would love to see it within the next two years, hopefully sooner.
One of my best friends, Stephanie, studied abroad in Rome. By the time I visited her, she knew her way around the city very well. I felt like I was traveling with a local. One night we went to her favorite bar and got some famous chocolate shot (that was weird). After that, we found ourselves at the Trevi Fountain.
If you’ve ever been to the Trevi Fountain you know it’s a huge tourist attraction. Well, we showed up so late that there was no one else there. The fountain was beautifully lit with blue lights, and we were able to take as many pictures and get as close as we wanted. Eventually, a few English men showed up and started talking to us. Before we knew it, we were giving them love advice. It was just two best friends at the Trevi Fountain in the middle of the night offering their best relationship tips to some English lads on holiday.
I grew up in a small New England Town. I travel because I know there is so much more to the world than that. I would never forgive myself if at some point in my life I look back and think, I wish I had seen that or I wish I had done that. I want to see as much and do as much while I still can.
The world has so much to teach us. There are so many different opinions and ways of life. I think everybody should get out of their comfort zone and open their eyes to other cultures. I travel because I want to understand other cultures and see where they come from.
Happiness is what I want most in life. A lot of time, I think you can control your own happiness. Life is all about choices and choosing to be happy is one of them. That’s why I surround myself with good people, experience as many things as possible and try always to impact others positively. Travel and seeing beautiful landscapes makes me extremely happy.