Many of my followers and Facebook friends have watched me move from one blog to another. Some saw me while I was a struggling high school writer that had no direction in life (as if I have any now). Most of my Facebook friends saw me as a travel blogger. I LOVED travel blogging, exploring new places, and the continuous adventure. It was always exciting to plan my next trip.
Traveling by myself took me out of my shell and forced me to be someone different than what I was used to being. It took me through the ups and downs of traveling. From smiling and laughing at all of the new, beautiful places I had discovered. Then to crying in a smoky hotel room because I was alone in the middle of nowhere and my mom was going into surgery at noon the next day and I was 2,000 miles from home.
Solo traveling was probably one of the greatest experiences I will ever have and I hope to do it again in the future. Traveling is something that I want to continue to do constantly. It forced me to grow tremendously as a person. If I have kids, they will be well traveled from a young age. I truly believe there are things you learn from traveling that cannot be learned any other way. I still love traveling.
What I didn’t love were the costs and sacrifices that comes with travel.
I am not only talking financial costs. Money is a big part of the reason why I am putting on a new hat. Financially, I need to get a lot figured out before I do more traveling. I carelessly spent well over $3000 on travel expenses this year when I have $34k in debt that needs to be paid off. I am currently taking Dave Ramsey’s class AGAIN.
But bigger than the money, the ultimate reason is something mentioned above. My mom found out she had kidney stones and was going into surgery the next day. Meanwhile, I was in the middle of nowhere, Utah (literally). While it was a minor surgery and there wouldn’t have been anything I could have done to help, it made me realized that I am comfortable being close to my family. This is what led to me crying in a smoky hotel room in the middle of nowhere.