Long story short, I want to see the entire world. End of blog post. Oh wait, that’s not how this works. But seriously, are any of you surprised?
For real though, my 26th birthday is tomorrow so I’m getting a little introspective here. It’s been over a year since I’ve traveled internationally and a couple months since I traveled domestically. I know, I know: “poor Tabitha”. Trust me, I am truly grateful for each and every opportunity I’ve had… but going stir-crazy is a thing.
Where does inspiration strike?
The entire world fascinates me. Please let me see, hear, feel, taste (with caveats) and smell everything I possibly can.
I’m very basic in that I love both Under the Tuscan Sun and Eat, Pray, Love. While those books/movies did not inspire my desire to travel, they have certainly fueled it. How can you watch them without being captivated by the colors and the languages? How can you read them without falling for the descriptions of far off places? I have so many memoirs from world travelers in my Amazon cart about places that are calling my name (just waiting for money to buy them).
The foreign films I’ve seen (no, they aren’t all Italian) have also inspired me. For example: an old German musical (Heiber Sommer) about two groups of teenagers going to the beach on their summer vacation. So of course now I need to go to the Baltic coast and dance in a haystack (watch it and you’ll understand). And then there’s the music. I have multiple playlists on my phone dedicated to music in different languages. First of all, it is a great way to learn another language. Second, music can give you a great sense of other cultures. Third, it shows that we all have some common ground. Music is universal.
But we all know the internet is a curse. Pinterest and Tumblr are serious rabbit-holes when it comes to scrolling through the Travel tags, as I am very susceptible to imagery. And don’t even get me started on Instagram. I already want to go everywhere, so having the ability to see these places ALL. THE. TIME. can be a little overwhelming.
Where along the line did travel change me?
Many things were not high on my list of interests as a kid… I found history so boring. Now? I seek out every museum and informational tour. And physical activity? Let me walk as much as possible – it’s the best way to see everything. Everyone always told me “Oh, you’ll change your mind one day”. I’ll never forgive them for being right.
When did this shift occur? I would assume my first summer in Italy, but it was probably more gradual than that (I am quite stubborn).
My family and I took the Ancestry DNA test a month ago to see about our ethnic roots. It was one of the best days of my life when I found out I am 8% Italian. But honestly, it just opened up so many more avenues and cultures that I want to explore and learn about (1% South Asian what what). Knowing what I do now, I’m curious to see if that will change my perspective as a traveler.
Where in the World I MOST Want to Go
Again, while I would like to go everywhere, there are a few places that certainly top my list. I would like to reiterate just how lucky I am, especially considering I am making serious plans to check a couple of these countries off my list in the near future.
- East Africa
- Papa New Guinea
You know, the basics.