Something I get from a lot of people is grief for how often I travel internationally-by the end of 2018 I will have visited 11 countries this calendar year, with 10 of them being new. I also already have several trips planned for the first half of 2019, so it is fair to say that I’m usually taking a trip at least once a quarter, if not more. For some reason, a lot of people have issues with that. I get asked why I spend so much time doing it, I get accused of mooching off of my boyfriend and my parents (hint: I don’t), and I miss a lot of events. I can understand some of the frustration coming from different angles, I really can. I understand that not everyone is doing as financially well as I am at the moment, which definitely has not always been the case. I’ve been dead broke with massive amounts of debt looming over my head and no real job or plan to get myself out of the hole, but I eventually found my way. I stressed, worked hard, and did anything I could to help myself and it ended up paying off with a great job at a great company that now allows me to live a life close to the one I was aiming for. I also get a lot of sass over the time I spend, when in reality most of my trips are incredibly short! Besides my Euro backpacking trip, I’m pretty restricted to only traveling on the weekends, with maybe one week-long vacation per year-something that’s doable for pretty much anyone! It’s all about utilizing time correctly.

I understand that struggle is a part of life and something that can’t really can’t be avoided, and I understand that there are a number of different circumstances which people are under, whether it be a job, a family, medical, or financial restrictions. However, a lot of it can come down to the choices that one makes. I’m still young, but I’ve made the decision to put off having children for at least a few more years as there is so much I still want to see of the world before it gets a lot harder to do so-which isn’t a dig at women or people that chose to start families early, but don’t try and rain on my fun adventure parade because you’re stuck wiping dirty bums and cleaning up after toddlers! Everyone makes different choices in life and that’s totally okay, so what’s the deal with all the negativity as I fly around the world and follow my dreams?!

At some point in my life, I know I won’t be able to see the world as I’m able to do now, and that’s something that terrifies me. I want to make the most out of the short time I have on this earth and see as much of it as I possibly can before I just can’t anymore. So I’ll gladly spend weekends sitting on 7 hour long transatlantic flights just to experience the magic that is visiting a new place, even if only for a couple of days. 

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