My parents had one of those Educational World Globes which you could spin, and as a kid I used to play a game where I would spin the globe, close my eyes and point with a finger to see where it ended up on the map when the globe stopped spinning.
I would play this game for hours, dreaming of traveling to faraway places and exploring new countries and cultures.
It was my one and only dream to travel the world, something I was determined to do as soon as I graduated high school.
A year before I graduated I met Nathan – he was from New Zealand but was studying in Sweden – when he showed me pictures of New Zealand, I couldn’t believe my eyes, and insisted that the pictures were “fake and photoshopped”.
He insisted that they were real but I refused believe him until I had seen it for myself …
Catching The Travel Bug
6 months later, we left together to travel the world, starting with a flight from Sweden to New Zealand.
With only $6,000 each and no plans or guide books, we managed to stay on the road for 8 months before we ran out of money – and loved every moment of it.
While I had always liked to travel, it was during this trip that I caught the “travel bug”.
Only a few months after we came back from our first trip around the world we were itching to leave again, and when winter came around we decided to spend a ski season in the Swiss Alps – once again with no money, no job and no plans whatsoever, but we somehow made it work.
Since that day, we haven’t really stopped traveling – today we have explored over 48 countries together and aren’t tired of it yet – quite the opposite, the more we travel the more places we realize we haven’t seen!
Why I Love Traveling
It might seem a little crazy to leave and travel the world on such a small budget and no plans, but putting ourselves in that situation forced us to grow and become more independent.
The most important thing I have learned from traveling the world this way is to believe in myself and trust that things will always work out, no matter how difficult the situation may seem.
I have learned more about life, people and different cultures from traveling than I could ever have imagined, and have had some truly amazing experiences.
Traveling takes me out of my comfort zone and forces me to do things I otherwise wouldn’t, it brings opportunities and experiences that money can’t buy, and there is something about it that makes me feel alive.
When you travel you become like a sponge: soaking up everything in your surroundings, taking in the beautiful scenery, people and atmosphere with the curiosity of a little child.
It’s the mixture of that and all the new experiences, smells and beautiful sights that are the reasons why after 5 years I am still addicted to traveling.