What makes a person who has never lived outside their home state, never lived abroad and never even visited Asia, want to quit their job and move to China?
My travel addiction begin in 2008 when I spent a month backpacking Europe after college graduation. Since then, I traveled as much as I could while maintaining a normal lifestyle, but limited vacation days didn’t allow for much global exploration. I had a good job and an awesome personal life in South Florida, but as I trudged through the monotony of a 40+ hour workweek, I kept thinking that maybe I was settling for mediocrity instead of being brave enough to do something different.
My desktop background rotated images of places I dreamed of going one day when I have time and my office was decorated with my favorite travel memories. As more of my friends began to get married and start families, I realized that this is not a drill- I’m already living my one precious life and it’s now or never. So I finally decided to stop talking about my dreams and take action. I said goodbye to the office window I spent so many days staring out of, sold or donated most of my “stuff” and jetted off to Asia.
Since travel is my priority, teaching English in China is the perfect springboard. In the first nine months alone, I was able to visit six new countries, not to mention the incredible cultural experience gained from living in a society so vastly different from my own. Travel is truly the best educator- there’s no better way to learn than by visiting the places you read about in textbooks and meeting the people you never even dreamed might exist.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined.” -Thoreau
“It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” -Ernest Hemingway