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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Gypsy Child

The fear of traveling alone would be a understandable fear, it actually is a fear I do not have.  I can only relate this to my passion for traveling. "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." - Augustine of Hippo

I am not going to say that the first few times I traveled I did not have that initial fear but that fear had more to do with the unknown.  I think one of the reasons I am so comfortable with traveling even alone is the amount of technology available to prepare yourself.  A great deal of my anxiety comes from the unknown and with things like apps for airlines and maps it takes away a lot of the unknown. I am a planner and traveling allows me to utilize this strength.  I have just as much fun planning a trip as I do going on it.

The first time I traveled alone was a two week tour of Great Britain which was a celebration of finally finishing my Bachelor's degree.  I was not completely alone for this trip but traveled through the school with people I met once before the trip.  It had been a dream of mine to visit England and after wasting my twenties on a man I was going to live my life in my thirties.  So I set out for the adventure of a life time!  I loved all of the United Kingdom it was an amazing experience that six years later is one of the greatest highlights of my life. 

Two years after visiting the UK I decided I needed another trip; something more than a quick trip to Vegas.  I asked around but no one would really commit to going.  So I got out my computer and started doing a massive amount of research on tour companies for a trip to Ireland.  I decided if I was going to be going completely alone this time I needed to at least use a tour group.  After spending days researching the benefits of each tour company as well as the various locations they visited I decided to again go with  Globus Tours the same company the school used for the UK trip.


Yes I do realize it is beyond crazy that I cannot walk into a gym without freaking out or even a family event but I can travel across the world and spend two weeks with strangers.  I don't know what it is but I love nothing more than visiting somewhere new and just blending in.  I think my love for discovering new places and visiting places I read about trumps any fear I could have.  

So tonight I am boarding a plane and flying to Dallas, TX to visit a friend for a couple of days.  I am beyond excited about not only getting to see that friend but getting on that giant bird in the sky.  I use to drive by the airport every day on my way to work and it took everything in my power not to just exit there and jump on a plane.  I would give anything to just wonder the world.