When I was younger, I would spend my days traveling. Sure I had a home, would go to school and had outside hobbies, but whenever my family and I got a chance, we would go traveling – Turkey, Spain, Brazil, Italy, Germany and so forth. I was lucky enough to have a mother who loved to travel and introduced travel to me at a young age.
Throughout my teens, I would go traveling with my mom to foreign places. Places I was unfamiliar with, places that taught me a different culture than my own – it was truly better than going to a history class. It was where my love for travel came to be.
After I graduated from high school, I wasn’t too focused on travel. Sure I wanted to see the world, but I was busy focusing on college and the boyfriend at the time. It wasn’t yet an obsession merely just a thing to do.
When things got tough with the ex-boyfriend, I would travel around the U.S. and I remember falling in love with the different cities and states the U.S. had to offer. Rhode Island was enchanting, New York was entertaining, Boston was historical and Colorado was adventurous.
By the time I was in my 20’s, I had been to 23 different countries and 15 different states. My wanderlust continued and I took some amazing trips! However, while finishing my studies in Orlando, I ended up meeting a man that I would soon be in love with and engaged to. The only problem with this was that I didn’t want to stop traveling and settling down would cause that.
Being the type of person that I am, I am open to going to different countries – any country. I don’t let politics, cultures or religion stop me from visiting a country. However, my fiance is more selective than I am and have been told “no” on many occasions.
That’s the hard part of settling. If you are lucky enough to find someone to settle with who loves to travel as much as you do, then it won’t be as hard. The reality of this, however is that travelers either settle for someone who isn’t really a traveler – someone who doesn’t have wanderlust or we never settle because our hearts are with travel.
Don’t get me wrong, my fiance loves to travel, but he would never go to Morocco, Costa Rica or even Russia. Places that I would love to go to just because there is so much I could learn. However, it’s not the end of the world for me. I will continue to travel and eventually I’ll get to see other places in time.
Settling down may be hard, especially having traveled so much and having a sense of wanderlust, but when there is a will, there is a way. I will travel to all the places I would like to go. It may not be today and it may not be tomorrow, but nothing stops me from traveling.