When I was 13 years old I took my first trip out of the country and overseas to Italy and Greece. I was with two of my very best friends and a few other people from our school. We spent two weeks touring around the two countries and I fell in love with Europe. I tossed my coins in the Trevi Fountain in Rome, vowing to return once again someday, somehow.
Over the next 8 years I didn’t do much travelling other than around the US. In October 2009 I was working in Albuquerque, New Mexico at a hot air balloon festival. I met one of the pilots and was offered an amazing opportunity, to travel to Mexico and work with their crew at the 200 year Anniversary of the hot air balloon festival in Leon. I gladly accepted this offer and was off to Mexico a few weeks later. This trip influenced me in a way that my first trip to Europe had not. I was much older and more mature by this point and had a new found appreciation for the culture and the people (my first trip I had focused more on the beaches and the shopping…) This trip was a bit of a stepping stone for me and I finally realized where I wanted to go with my life, I wanted to learn anything and everything I could about other cultures around the world. This also helped me to figure out what I wanted to study in school and when I got home I applied for and got accepted to the Global Studies program at the University of Washington.
June 2012 I graduated from the University of Washington with my Bachelors Degree in Global Studies. Shortly after graduation I moved to the UK. This was a bit of a tender time in my life and even more so to relive it, I moved to the UK to settle down with my husband. We are now no longer together but I couldn’t leave this part of the story out as if it would not have happened who knows where my path would have taken me but here I am and I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason! This is also why I will always spell ‘travelling’ the British way with two l’s as I wouldn’t be ‘Deb World-Traveller’ if it weren’t for this time in my life. When we split up I had this sudden burst of clarity and I knew what I wanted to do with my life: I wanted to see the world! I didn’t want to make a bucket list for some day down the line, I wanted to experience as much as I can right now because there may not be a tomorrow! So that is what I have done. I took off for Europe, got an amazing job touring around the US and I haven’t slowed down yet! This is where my travel journals begin… I hope you enjoy my story.