Another year flew by. It feels like not too long ago I was writing the 2016’s A Year in Review blog post.
Time seems to go by faster as I get older, which scares me. Does this mean that in a blink of an eye I’ll be 35 years old, married with two kids? Oh, my.
On my first three years, I was unstoppable. As soon as one trip ended, I had another adventure booked to start in less than three weeks. But early this year I realized that the world is not going anywhere and neither do I.
If I keep traveling at this pace, I’ll travel the entire world by the age of 45. Does this mean that at such young age I would stop traveling because I already saw it all? Hell no.
Secondly, I am four years older than when I started my adventure around the world. Things have changed - I’ve changed. At 21, I could sleep in a hammock in the outdoors of a hostel in Mexico with my friends and slept perfectly fine and (most importantly) had a blast.
If I sleep in a hammock now at 25, I would have a strained neck, most probably pay a mandatory visit to a local chiropractor and, consequently, not enjoying the trip as I should.
Examples like the one above and many other experiences that I’ve learned throughout my journey resulted in me becoming a master traveler. Now i feel confident to book any destination, whether going solo or with friends, and know exactly what to expect and the do’s and don’t around the world.
Traveling the world teaches you so much more than I could ever imagined. Looking back, I can say that the twenty-one year old Mariella had no idea how strong this travel bug was going to get.
The more you travel, the higher your wanderlust gets. To the point when you just want to see it all, learn it all, eat it all, and experience (and learn) about every single culture of the world. Once you learn the true meaning of empathy, your perspective towards the world will change complete.
On a final note, 2017 was a great year. Although I didn't travel as much, I learned to take in and learn other aspects of traveling that I believe are very important to know about.
FACT: All my destinations were new countries or cities I’ve never been before, except Cartagena Colombia & Switzerland.
Here’s this year’s recap:
I traveled to…
Cliff of Moher, Eastern Ireland.
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Machu Picchu, Peru
Dubai, Emirates Arabs
Abu Dhabi, Emirates Arabs
2017's Top Blog Posts:
Plans for 2018? Yes, sir! (What kind of question is that?)
Ok, so I’ll go straight to the point : I am going to Argentina for three months this upcoming February 2018. (How come? What about your job? What are you going to do there?)
My main purpose is to take a course in computer programming in Buenos Aires. But because I am a travel Junkie, I am going to take advantage of my current location and explore new destinations.
So far, I would like to go to:
Iguazu Waterfalls, Argentina
Santiago de Chile, Chile
Torres del Paine, Chile
Punta del Este, Uruguay
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Over the years I’ve learned that you have to go with the flow. For this reason, I haven't given much of a thought to the list above.
This is the best approach to traveling the world. Add some mystery to your life and do not plan every single detail of your trip. Believe me, I had to learn the hard way.
Be prepared to face anything . But don’t stress over it - The beauty of traveling with flexibility is that you get to go on spontaneous activities and go on new adventures.
Add a little bit of mystery to your travel recipe to make every trip unforgettable.
Until next trip,
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