I’ve seen a lot of wonderful things in the world. But then there is that next level, where you are so awed by what’s in front of you that you don’t want to leave. It feels like a dream because you can’t believe you are physically in the presence of so much beauty, or history. Or both!
These places made me fall in love with the world over and over again!
This is actually the first place that made me truly fall in love with this world. Because for 25 years, I lived an average life in Melbourne, Australia. And even in the lead up to this trip, I blindly followed my cousin while he organised everything. When I arrived and saw a gigantic piece of history that I was embarrassingly ignorant about until that moment, I realised I didn’t know anything. I was a 25 year old child suddenly realising that there is a huge world out there, bigger than my 9-5 job, bigger than any formal education and certifications I had, bigger than anything I owned and thought I cared about. It was the beginning of my new life.
New York City
Just thinking about it makes me smile. I remember being so happy that nothing could break me. The freedom, the electricity, the rush, the buzz, the life. Nothing compares. New York is always a good idea!
This was in July 2018. For a year and a half, I made a choice to focus on building my professional career. Reduce travel, work more, save money, be successful. When I visited the Grand Canyon, I didn’t realise how much I actually missed travelling. And not just going on vacations but I missed the way I used to travel. To quote a caption that I once wrote on Instagram, “the Grand Canyon reminded me of how much I love exploring this world and how liberating it is to wander new places. I could do this forever.” Thinking about it now, being at the Grand Canyon took me back to my adventurous side – basically, the same feelings I got at Machu Picchu. The challenge is, how do I maintain my style of travel without going poor….!?
Coincidentally, these 3 locations are all on the same side of the world. I’m not sure if that means anything. I guess it just worked out that way.