Solo Travel Tip #3

This tip is about:

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When you finally decide to step out of your comfort zone, and travel abroad alone, you’re going to be so happy, and proud, but there’s one thing you should know.

When you travel abroad alone, you are going to want to make international friends, and meet people that speak the language and know the culture.
So, while you’re alone in a foreign country, that’s what you do.
That’s what’s on your mind because you don’t want to be alone all the time, so you start making friends to explore with, learn the language, and make amazing international connections.
And, in the moment, it’s all amazing and great fun, but soon it’s going to be time to say bye to that amazing country and those awesome new friends. And, that’s when the difficult part begins.

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The first hardest part is actually saying bye to your amazing new friends.
The second hardest part is leaving a new country and culture that you started adapting to and loving so much.
The third, and final hardest part is going home, and getting used to seeing everything differently.

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While traveling abroad alone, you learn more about yourself, you make new friendships and you learn to live differently in another country.
And, although all these things are awesome, the worst part is coming back to your home country because your perspective has changed, and sometimes it can feel weird to go back to your old ways. Especially when you had such a good experience abroad; you don’t want to lose this amazing, new version of yourself.

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So, if you ever feel lost after a trip abroad:
Remember that stepping out of your comfort zone and changing your perspective is what it takes to move forward, and change your life.
And, now you have friends in another country that you can visit whenever you feel homesick for that country.


Thanks for reading!

I hope this post encourages you to step out of your comfort zone, and change your perspective on the world (don’t be afraid of doing something different!).

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-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Re-Entry…

Finally landed home after 4 months!
It’s been a crazy adventure!
The past 4 months have been so crazy,
and I learned so much!
Now, it’s time to re-enter at home,
and use all those lessons from abroad!


I have a lot of future post ideas, but I’m still processing the past 4 months, so, if you want to read about some of the lessons I learned while living abroad, click this link: Living in Argentina!

And, if you want to see videos of my adventures from the past 4 months, click this link: YouTube Channel


Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hasta Luego Argentina!

So, I’m leaving Argentina in a few hours, and I don’t know how to feel. It’s a bittersweet feeling because I’ve lived here for 3 months and I’ve met so many amazing people. I’m really going to miss this country, but I’m also ready to leave with my new found confidence in myself and perspective of the world. So, in my bittersweet moment, I decided to write the following:


Leaving home,

To discover a new country

Is bittersweet.

Sad to leave comfort,

But, excited to discover discomfort.

And, then,

Leaving that new country,

That started to feel like home,

Is even worse,

Because

That country has become home.

It has felt familiar.

So, going home,

Well,

Home is gonna be the same.

But,

With a changed perspective,

And, that’s exciting.

That’s why,

Leaving your new home,

To go back home,

Is bittersweet.

But,

As I leave my new home,

I remember all the good times,

And lessons learned,

And, I feel ready to leave.

I’m ready to discover more new things,

And, learn more lessons,

And, meet more people.

So, with a bittersweet heart,

I say: “See you later!”

To my new home away from home!


Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ˜Š

200

Wow! I can’t believe I’ve reached 200 posts! That’s crazy! I can’t believe I wrote all that! I used to hate writing! But, clearly I don’t anymore! I actually enjoy it! And, I look forward to writing a new post! I can’t believe how much has happened in my life through the past 200 posts! This blog has been a crazy journey! And, I can’t wait for the next hundreds of posts!

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The day I hit 200 posts:
I’m currently in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’m sitting on a couch in the common area in my hostel, where I’ve been volunteering and living for the past 3 months.
It’s a cooler day outside (fall is in the air). The city is busy, as usual. Kids are getting ready to start school. People are coming/going to work!
I’m getting ready to head to Chile (to visit my friends/family from last year). I’m listening to music while booking my bus to Chile!
And, then I decided to look at my wordpress stats, and I noticed that I was 1 post away from 200, so I decided to take the time to write my 200th post.

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I also want to take this time to thank you!
If you’ve been reading since I started blogging, or if you just started following my journey;
Thank you for reading my random blog filled with random thoughts and adventures!
I’m looking forward to writing more random content for you to read!

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚



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Foreign Language Classes Abroad!

So, I realize I said that posting more on my blog was one of my new years resolutions (and this is only my second post), but I promise I have a lot of posts coming (they’re all written down, just not posted yet…).

Just know that I haven’t given up on my resolutions, I’m actually really working on them everyday (and I hope you’re still keeping up with yours). ๐Ÿ˜Š

And, before my next post (maybe in Spanish) about my adventures in Buenos Aires, Argentina, check out a post I wrote for another blog about my experience taking Spanish classes in Argentina!

Language Classes Abroad?

Click the link above to read about my experience getting this certificate.

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Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Abroad for the holidays!

Surreal is the best word to describe it.

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So, I just spent Christmas in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and all I can say is: “Well, that was different!”.
At first, I didn’t know how to feel about not being home, but I quickly realized that I wasn’t alone (staying in a hostel definitely helped that).
I discovered that being abroad for Christmas is kinda surreal.
I won’t say that I didn’t get a little homesick (my brain kept telling me that it wasn’t normal, not to have snow for Christmas).
But, after the initial shock, it felt a little surreal to be able to say: “Merry Christmas!” while standing under a palm tree.

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If you are planning to go abroad for the holidays, here’s what I learned during my experience:
At first, you will feel like you are missing out from your home traditions, but that’s why you need to learn as much as you can about these new traditions surrounding you.
Learning about these new traditions will help you notice all the similarities, and differences. The differences will make you want to celebrate this new & exciting holiday to learn more about it.

So, in conclusion, don’t think: “I miss my traditions.”.
Think: “Wow, this is interestingly and excitingly different!”.
And, remind yourself why you decided to travel abroad during this time of year!

Merry Christmas from Argentina!

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

Solo Traveling in Argentina

So, today I went to Caminito in La Boca, Argentina, alone.
It was my first time taking the bus in Argentina, but it was really simple.
All I needed to do was look at a map, and find where I wanted to go.
Once I found my destination on the map, I looked at the bus numbers that went there, and then I looked around the terminal for the right bus.
Then, I got on the bus, swiped my “SUBE” card, and sat down (near a window). I made sure to sit near a window so I could see where to get off because I knew I would recognize it when I saw it. And, I did!

I made it to my destination ALONE! Now, it was time to get off the bus, and explore this new town.
The following pictures were all taken in El Caminito, La Boca.

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The main street of Caminito!

Shopping side street!
Lunch for 180 pesos: Chicken empanadas & a dulce de leche alfajor (about $8, which is pretty good for a tourist area)
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I just had to include this because it was the first Christmas tree I saw in Argentina!
A side street going into La Boca (outside of the tourist street; El Caminito).
The view from the bus terminal in La Boca!
The first thing you see when you get off the bus at El Caminito!

I hope this post inspired you to step out of your comfort zone, face your fears, and travel!

P.S. I also made a video of my other solo adventures from this past months, so if you want to see some more adventures, click the following link to watch it: 

My Trip to Argentina! (Part 2)

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 1 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

I made it to Buenos Aires, Argentina! 

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My first 24 hours here were a whirlwind of emotions. I couldn’t believe that I was actually here (it seems too surreal). I was so happy that I finally made it!
But, after the initial feeling of amazement and happiness, the culture shock hit me. 
I didn’t know what to feel or what to do.
I couldn’t remember why I wanted to come here in the first place.
I was afraid to speak Spanish to ask for directions, and as a result, I would get lost a lot
I would shut down in the middle of the street, and basically cry because I didn’t know what I was doing or where I was going. (I felt lost and alone.) 

In summary, my first 24 hours were filled with all the ups and downs of culture shock.

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Now that I’ve been here for more than 48 hours, I am much more confident in my Spanish (I actually want to speak it), I know my way around the city much better now, and I’ve learned that it’s completely normal to feel culture shock.

So, my advice for anyone traveling to a completely new country (especially for the first time) is to know that culture shock is completely normal (even if it’s your millionth time traveling abroad)
Everyone will feel it differently, and every country will be a different type of shock because there’s always at least one thing that changes.

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All that to say that, I am absolutely loving Argentina, my new found perspective on things, and I can’t wait to see what adventures the next 3 months hold.

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Thanks for reading! 

Follow this blog for updates when I upload a new post from my next adventures
(I promise, it will be more exciting than this one)!
And, click HERE to check out the video from my trip getting here!


-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

My Trip to Argentina! (Part 1)

So, I haven’t posted in a while, but the video below explains it all.
(I will try to write a post very soon.)

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> In the meantime, click HERE to watch the video!


-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

A new chapter!

Update on this blog, and my life:
A new chapter is startingย very soon (Dec. 5)!

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I am “moving” to Argentina!ย 
I say: “moving” because I will be living there for a minimum of 3 months (possibly, longer).
And, although I’m nervous and a little sadย (as this will be my first Christmas away from home);ย I’m also super excited because I have no idea what amazing things this next chapter will bring.
These mixed emotions inspired the following poem:


Remember, that:
Good things never come,
from comfort zones!

You can’t,
and you shouldn’t,
hide from fear!

You should;
Step out and,
face your fears!

Do all –
those things –
that scare you!

Live your life,
to the fullest and,ย 
never let fears take over!

You can do so much,
more than you think!
All you have to do is…ย 

…Seek discomfort! And,ย 
step out of your comfort zone because
you will see amazing things happen in your life!


Thanks for reading!

P.S. I will be blogging about my experience, and adventures as much as I can,
so, I hope you will join me in this new chapter,
and live these adventures with me through my posts!

P.P.S. My future posts will probably not be as consistent,
so, if you don’t want to wait for a post,
follow me on Instagram for more real-time updates!

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-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚


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Oh, also,ย big, exciting news!
I have a Patreon!!!
And, if you become one of my patrons,
I will send you a postcard from this adventure in Argentina!
Click the following link to check it out,
and sign up to receive a postcard:ย 
https://www.patreon.com/nowboarding