Dear Recent (or soon to be) Graduate,
If you are anything like me, you probably have no clue what you want to do with your life and if one more distant relative asks you, you might just throw that glass of wine in their face (because let’s be honest, the only way to get through these conversations is with a drink in hand). Well I am here to inform you that much to our disbelief, no one really knows what they want to do. We just join the workforce hoping that it will all work out and that we can pay next month’s bills, but is that any way to live? I am choosing a different route. I need a life where no two days are the same; where I can buy a last minute plane ticket, with just a backpack, map, and the thrill of landing in a foreign place. A lot of people call it the travel bug, but it is so much more than that for me. When I travel it’s as if I am finally becoming the person I always wanted to be. I am evolving, educating myself and pushing my comfort zones to new extremes. I may be doing bizarre jobs in the mean time to pay for my travels, but you better believe it’s worth it!
As a girl, it’s inevitable that people will worry or feel as if it is not realistic to travel long term, but that’s all the more reason to prove them wrong. I really do believe that we create our own adventures and that the positive energy we send out will be returned. I say this, as I am currently writing in the business class of a Qantas flight from Sydney to Los Angeles with a glass of champagne in hand. I never dreamed I would be able to fly in this nice of a seat at my age, but serendipitously here I am! You’ll be surprised at how well things seem to work out; especially with the people you meet while traveling. There have been so many extraordinary new people entering my life that I don’t know how I went so long without knowing them. The world is so much larger than we could ever comprehend, so if there’s something you don’t like in your life- change it. I know it probably seems like a mad idea to make these changes, but the best decisions we will make in life are usually the deliciously terrifying ones.
So, I challenge you: take a chance, buy that plane ticket and just go. You might not have a closet full of designer clothes, but who needs that when you could have a passport full of stamps and a lifetime of adventures ahead of you…
Little Brantley Abroad