Growing up, I had the privilege of having a weird family. My mom, step-dad, and I would travel across the United States on a quest for Geocaches. You may have heard of the popular 2000s hobby of locating mysterious containers using a GPS, in fact, you may have participated yourself! For my family, this hobby became more of a lifestyle as my parents entered somewhat of a leadership role in the community. This meant trips by land and air to the wonders as close my own backyard of Paradise, California or as far away as Jacksonville, Florida.
At some point, the trips slowed down for me. I got older, decided I was "too cool" for travel, and then just became a broke adult. It's been almost 10 years since the last time I was on a plane and my furthest road trip as an adult was to rescue a dog about 250 miles away. Needless to say, my travel life has been pretty boring for all of my adulthood and most of my teen years. But after a lot of thought, anxiety, and buyer's remorse I have bought my first ever plane ticket as an adult!
Where am I going, you may wonder. Perhaps to one of the many states I grew up visiting? Or maybe even an exciting international trip to nearby Canada or Mexico? Nope. See, one characteristic I've developed growing up is that if I'm going to do something, it's going to be big. So I've decided that for my very first, solo, adult trip I will be going overseas to a country where English is very much not the first language.
I won't be revealing my exact destination just yet. But in time, I'll be sure to talk all about where I'm headed and what I'm going to do. For now, I want to talk about one of the most important parts of traveling: documenting it for the internet to scrutinize.
But First: Planning
In an attempt to create some "unusual" content for myself, I've decided to start documenting my preparation, departure, adventure, and return for my first-ever international trip. Sure, it won't be anything revolutionary but maybe you'll find some humor in the mistakes I will almost certainly make in the coming posts.
I am by no means an expert traveler. While I'm not a stranger to being somewhere new and unknown, I have not traveled in years. I am certainly not offering advice, expert wisdom, or really anything more than a source to learn from if you are also traveling for the first time. I also understand I have an immense privilege to be able to take this trip which, while I will be doing it on a budget, is still a huge luxury. I hope that you can enjoy this process with me and that you can get a peek into a new place through my posts.
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