So this is me:
I love to travel and do it every chance I get. As much as I valued going to class and learning about the world, the thrill of actually exploring it has been much more exciting.
I’m more passionate about traveling than many other things in life, mainly because traveling gives me endless opportunities to enjoy and experience everything I love about life all at the same time. The refreshing freedom that comes with not knowing what will come next makes me feel completely alive. It’s exhilarating and addicting.
I took my first trans-Atlantic trip when I was nine months old, and I guess you can say I’ve been hooked ever since.
My mom came to America from Sweden in her mid-twenties, got her PhD, met my dad, and stayed. This has been great for me. We go back to Sweden almost every summer and even some winters too, which makes wandering around Europe that much easier.
My dad grew up in Los Angeles, giving us the chance to go there regularly, which has always been fantastic. His parents grew up in Germany during the Holocaust and were lucky enough to be sent to Sweden and survive the war, although many of their relatives, including three of their four parents, did not.
During my studies, I was able to do a few short-term study abroad trips, and travel every summer, but there just never seemed to be enough time to truly go through the long list of places on my “someday” list.
When I finished college in 2014, many people (usually acquaintances I’ve met once or complete strangers) started laying on the big questions:
“Now what?” “Grad school or job?” “What can you even do with that degree?”
And my favorite: “What are you going to do with your life?” (The question that implies I’m not doing something already)
A lot of pressure occurs to plan out every step of life, to dive into the work force after graduation, to make the major decisions. After getting two degrees and graduating with high honors, I made my own choice to explore actually living my life. Now a few years after graduating, I have a job that I love and it even gives me flexibility to still have my biggest passion – traveling.
I’ve learned a big challenge exists in having the freedom to do anything or go anywhere – a wonderful challenge that most are too afraid to take on. I’ve been to 30 countries, some multiple times. I love to see the world and learn more about it.
I think we’re so lucky to have this great, big world out there that is full of surprises, history, beauty, nature, and people with incredible stories. And I will never take that for granted. There’s no way to know what you’re missing until you make the effort to explore and find out. Time is always passing, so no better moment than now exists to go out and see what our spectacular world has to offer.
Many people have encouraged me to write a blog, so here it is – and I hope you like reading it!
On this blog I’ll share my experiences with you: where I travel, what I see, who I meet, what I do, how I live my life. I find my own success and happiness on a different trail as I drift through life.