I'm a traveler at heart. It's what I do best: that rush of excitement when you exit the airport in a new country, the confusion and newness of everything around you. I love it all.
I typically travel during the summer. Sure, tickets cost more, but I can't exactly take off school during the middle of the year. These past two summers, I've hit up 6 countries total, two for the first time. This year, I've spent my entire Christmas break trying to figure out how to stretch the small amount of money I have saved to cover everywhere I want to go.
I have lists, budgets, and impossible plans laid out. That's the best part of January, the planning and dreaming.
How does California sound? Athens? Amsterdam? Phoenix? At the moment, those are all legitimate (although slightly unlikely) destinations for my summer- if I can work things out, I'll go to all of them.
My grandparents are moving to Phoenix sometime this spring. I was born in a suburb of Phoenix, and I've been back various times since leaving, but not recently. Phoenix is hell in the summer (hellooo, 100 degrees) so thank God for air conditioning. From Phoenix, it's only a short drive to San Diego. Again, it's been years. Grandma and I are already planning our trip: Disney Land, of course. Likely the San Diego Zoo, maybe Sea World. Honestly, it doesn't matter what I do while I'm there, it'll be enough to spend the time with my grandparents and make those memories with them.
Dad is heading to Europe this summer for a two week training session for his job. He'll be in Amsterdam (always home) and Athens. This plan might require a little bit of persuasiveness in the parental department, as I doubt I have enough money to pay for plane tickets west and to Europe.
Amsterdam is nothing new. I hate saying it; it sounds so stuck up, but I feel comfortable and at home in Holland. Athens, however, is a completely different story. The culture, the language, and the atmosphere would all be new. That, friends, is an incredibly exciting possibility.
While there's certainly magic to be found wherever, it's more special and more new and more different the first time you step foot in a country. Even then, it doesn't have to be restricted to a new country. There are so many places within the US, within Holland, within England that I've never been too, and these are all countries that I know fairly well.
This year: I want to find magic in whatever place I go, whether it's the desert in America or the canals in Amsterdam.
Do you have any travel plans or exciting places coming up in the new year?
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