The Start of Something New…

Here I am!
Ready for this new experience!
Open to new challenges!
I have made room for new lessons!
I am here!
And, I am ready (bring on 2020)!


I am currently in the process of going to study abroad in Australia.
By “in the process” I mean; I’ve already spoken to the school, and sent my tuition deposit. And, I have been approved for a 10 months student visa (2020 in Australia, here I come). So, the only paperwork I have left is to purchase my flight ticket!!!


And, although I’ve already travelled to many foreign countries on my own, something about this process feels different somehow…
…I feel like this experience is gonna change a lot more than just my perspective on a new culture.
I feel like this experience is gonna change me, and my whole perspective on LIFE!
And, for some reason, that makes me kinda nervous. Traveling abroad for leisure on my own to see a new country, and culture has a different feeling than going to study and live in another country.
But, I am still very grateful that I’ve already solo traveled abroad because it lowers some of the nerves.

And, although, I’m going to be leaving in about 6 weeks from now, I’m not fully ready to share exactly what I’ll be doing yet.

All I can say is that, it’s gonna be an amazing, life changing experience, and I can’t wait to share all about it!!!


Thanks for reading!
I hope you’ll follow along with me on this new, life-changing journey!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂


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10 year challenge…

So much has happened in the last 10 years that it would literally take me a 300-400 page book to tell you all about it.
So, instead of making you read all that, here’s a poem I wrote to sum up the last decade of my life:


9 countries
4 Schools
5 jobs
Over 100 flights
More than 100 adventures
Lots of lessons learned
Millions of new friends
So many new experiences

9 security checkpoints
4 graduation ceremonies
5 new-employee forms
Over 100 foreign languages heard
More than 100 pictures taken
Lots of languages learned
Millions of hellos & goodbyes
So many different realities

900 international flights
4 diplomas & certificates
5 million interviews
Over 100 new faces seen
More than I could ever remember
Lots of new skills acquired
Millions of doors opened & closed
So many amazing opportunities


This decade has truly been amazing, life-changing, & full of growth for me. And, I can’t wait to see what’s next!
I hope you’ll stick with me through it on this blog because I still plan on posting on here!
This blog is one of the most amazing things that I started in the past decade, and I don’t plan on stopping now!


Thanks for reading my random thoughts these past years.
I have so many new adventures coming in 2020, and I can’t wait to share them with you!

P.S. This is also the decade when I created all of my current social medias!!!
It feels crazy to me that I have had Instagram, Twitter and YouTube for exactly 10 years.
And, that I have had this blog for 3 & a half years now!

Here’s to continuing to:

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

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.

. . .

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.

. . .

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.

. . .

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! 😊

Fear is calling

What if your greatest fear is actually what you’re meant to do in life?

. . .

Think about that!
Think about the thing you refuse to conquer because it scares you too much.
Now, think about what would happen if you conquered that fear.

What if conquering that fear is the breakthrough you need to accomplish your dreams?
What if once you conquer this fear you will start to see your life change?
. . .
I know from experience that conquering your greatest fear can genuinely change your life.
I used to be so scared to speak in front of big groups of people (public speaking – my biggest fear ever since I can remember).
But, ever since I started solo traveling abroad, I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone so much everyday. I’ve been doing things (like speaking to strangers) that I know past me would never even dare trying because she was too scared.
And, now that I’ve started stepping out of my comfort zone, I’ve realized that it feels so amazing when you conquer a fear.
I feel like I can do anything!
When I think about past me and how fearful I was, I can’t believe how far I’ve come. And, all it took was for me to take one big, scary step into the unknown, and then, everything fell into place from there.
Once I decided to take the leap, and travel abroad alone, I realized that if I could gain enough courage to solo travel to foreign countries surrounded by strangers that spoke a different language, I could do anything.
. . .
In other words, the day I decided to solo travel abroad is also the day that I started conquering my fears (like speaking to strangers in a foreign language), and that’s when everything changed (my mindset, confidence, etc.)
My confidence has risen so much so that I don’t even recognize that fearful girl that I used to be, and it feels amazing to have no fears.
I say: “No fears” because now, when something scares me, I have enough confidence to make me want to conquer that fear because I know it will be so worth it. It will give me even more confidence and make me feel so accomplished.
. . .

So, if there’s something that really scares you, I recommend just going for it. You never know what will happen.
Conquering that fear could lead you to your life purpose!

What if your greatest fear could actually become your life purpose?


Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

Birthday Goals?

So, today’s a weird / crazy / awesome day…

. . .

Today is my birthday, and I don’t know how to feel because I try to do this thing every year; I try to spend my birthday in a new country every year, so I can remember that birthday, and that country.

But, for the past 2 years, I’ve spent my birthday in my home country.
And, it does make me a little sad because it was truly a goal of mine.
But, it’s also totally fine.

I think I’m kind of fine with it because another goal of mine is to eventually move to a new country for an ‘extended’ period of time (longer than my usual trips).
So, I think that’s what I realized in the past 2 years of having my birthday at home.
Soon I will accomplish that goal (of moving to a new country), and I’ll have multiple birthdays in other countries – I just have to be patient, and happy with where I am now.

Plans change a lot, and that’s okay because sometimes plans change, and something better ends up happening that could never have been planned.


Anyways, I know this was a short post, but I wrote it mostly as a reminder to myself:
To not always get so caught up in my plans for the future, or needing to achieve all my goals right away because I know I will get there eventually, and achieve all my goals and then some.


So, I hope if you read this until the end, you will also realize that you don’t need to get frustrated or discouraged if your plans change on your journey to achieving your dreams because it’s for the better,; something better is ahead.

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Your goal / dream is not too big! Sometimes you just need a different approach to achieve it!

Thanks for reading!
Have a great day, and continue to strive toward your goals no matter what life throws at you! You got this!

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

Lost @ home

“Traveling – It gives you home in thousand strange places, then leaves you a stranger in your own land.”

. . .

You see, feeling homesick in another country, brings back the memories about things missed from home. But, feeling homesick at home, is confusing because you’re home, so you think you should feel fine. But, deep down there’s something missing; it feels like the other country became your “home away from home”.
So, no matter where you are, you feel homesick because everywhere you’ve been is home in some way.

“Everywhere feels like home in it’s own way.”
That’s a sign of a well-traveled adventurer —
when you feel at home in every country you’ve ever visited!


*Traveling abroad helps you find yourself in so many different countries!*

. . .

Personally, I love traveling so I can learn about new cultures, new languages, discover new places in the world, and discover new things about myself.
And, the more I’ve traveled, the more I’ve realized that there is one downside to always wanting to travel and explore the world — *You eventually start to find yourself in all those countries. And, then, when you come home, you feel lost in your own hometown.*


And, that is a difficult, yet inevitable things to adjust to about traveling abroad.
When you start to travel abroad, you start to find yourself in other countries & you start to loose yourself at home. But, that’s when you need to realize why traveling is so amazing.
One day, you are going to wake up and realize that all your adventures were worth it because you will feel like the whole world has become your home, and you will realize that wherever you are in the world you will feel at home.


When the world starts to feel like your home; that’s when you know that you need to continue to travel — To continue to get to know the world and make international connections, so that whenever you feel homesick from that country, you can go back there as if it were home!


Thanks for reading!
Now, get out there & go explore the world & make the world your home!


-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Hello Fall?…

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Yes, this is what Fall looks like in Quillota, Chile!

…So…when I normally think about Fall, I think about:
Leaves falling
-Sweater weather
-Time to get ready for snow…and Christmas…

Well, that’s not the case for me this Fall because it’s Fall right now in Chile, and I can’t think about any of those things. Instead, I’m thinking about: going swimming, maybe getting ice cream, just staring at the sun and being in awe (and confused) about this weather...

. . .

Yup, that’s right. It’s fall here in Chile and the lowest temperature is 10°C (in the middle of the night). During the day, it can still reach at least 25°C and drop to 15°C.

. . .

But, temperatures aside. The other reason I’m writing this post is because it’s the end of March and stores are having sales on summer clothes, people are actually starting to wear jackets, kids are just starting school, the weather is dropping (compared to last month).
In my mind, everything that normally happens in September is happening now, in march. And, in a way, it seems normal because I’ve been here all summer anyway, so I can adapt to it easily. It took me all summer to adapt to the weather in January that now it kinda just seems normal. But, when I think about the date, it seems so weird because my mind is not used to saying: “happy first day of fall” at the end of March. But, on the plus side, I can buy summer clothes here on sale for summer when I get back home.

Anyways, after living here during New Year’s and the first day of Fall, my perspective changed because the seasons being flipped made me start thinking:
For one, I find it so fascinating that some people say it’s a small world out there because literally a 10 hour plane ride (that’s a pretty long plane ride) from you (below the equator) there are people starting school or work, when you are getting ready to go on vacation. That’s evidence that it’s really not such a small world after all. We all live on the same planet, but it’s a pretty big planet with different countries and cultures.

Seriously though, we all live in different places on this planet, and we all adapt to different lifestyles based on the seasons of our country during a time in the year.
The people in the world aren’t so different (we are still all human), but the world is so big and different, which gives us something interesting to learn about when we travel.
Some people are shoveling snow while others are turning on all their fans.
Some people are coming home from vacation while others are packing for vacation.
Some people are preparing for Spring while others are raking leaves.

This is one of the main reasons why I love traveling so much;
To get a different perspective on things in life because sometimes when you look at something familiar in a different place, you can see the importance and impact it can actually have, which will changed your perspective about that things.

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People are the same, but the cultures are what makes us different!

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The world is round after all; one side is different than the other. Your perspective is right for your side of the world.

 

Thanks for reading!

Happy Fall!
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Happy Spring!
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-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Oceans…

Within a year I’ve been to the North Atlantic and the South Pacific in 3 different countries!

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From:
Nova Scotia, Canada
To:
Glover’s Reef, Belize
To:
Chile

And, the craziest thing is that every time I went to the ocean in those country I forgot which country I was in for a moment.

. . .

And, I’m not exactly sure why I always gravitate to the beach in new countries because when I was younger, I used to dislike the beach and the ocean. But, the more I’ve traveled, the more I’ve come to actually love it.
And, I think that it’s because I grew up near the ocean, so it subconsciously makes me feel at home, which helps me overcome culture shock.
And, since my brain subconsciously relates the ocean to home, I subconsciously end up near one wherever I am in the world because it’s the one place that never really (drastically) changes around the world.

. . .

And, I think that’s one of the keys to overcoming culture shock; Finding something that reminds you of home & comfort.

Whatever it may be, it will help you realize that this new country isn’t all new and scary.
It will help you find the good in the country and make you feel more comfortable because you won’t feel so out of place and far from home.

Finding comfort in:
The sound of waves, the sand on my feet, and the smell of the salty sea air is my place of comfort in a new country.
What’s yours?

 

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to remember to not be afraid of culture shock because it is one of the best reasons to travel. (here’s why: Don’t underestimate it!
And, if you find something comfortable in a new country, it will diminish your fears and worries, and, you might even start to feel at home in this new, unknown country, which will make your experience even better!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Third world country?

So, today, I just learned that chile is a “third world country”.

. . . 

I mean, I know, I should’ve known before coming here and done some research about it, but it just didn’t occur to me. Chile doesn’t seem like any of the other “third world countries” I’ve visited; there’s something about it that blinded me from the fact that it actually is a “third world country”

To me, it’s just different because it’s below the equator, so I just assumed everything is obviously different, and backwards (like, the seasons), so, I didn’t think much about it. I just accepted the fact that the seasons and stuff were backwards and different.

But, now that I know it’s a “third world country”, my view of it has changed, for the better.
Now that I know, it’s easier to compare things from my home country because I know why things are different.
I guess I would say that, now that I know, I’m “nicer” to the country and the differences I notice because in my mind, it’s doing a great job being a successful (for lack of better word) “third world country”.
I mean, seriously, though, I’ve been living here for about a month an a half, and I just realized it now because I heard someone say it.
I never felt the need to research what kind of country it was because it seemed so similar from my home country, with a few interesting differences that I love learning about. 

And, I think that the fact that it’s not an obvious “third world country” is a great thing for this country.
I know, I don’t know anything about the politics about this country (although now I want to learn more about it).
But, I do know that, if a tourist visits this country for a week or so, they will most likely not feel like they are in a “third world country”. Unless they come with a mission in mind to help the poor or something, but otherwise, if people come here for a vacation, and don’t think about the politics or research it, they will probably never know.

. . .

All that, just to say:
“A country that you might be afraid to visit, or, that you don’t think is worth visiting because it doesn’t seem like it will have much to offer tourists” might be you missing out on something truly interesting to see/learn about.
So, if you’re thinking about visiting a “not-so-popular” country, think about what you could gain from the experience & what you could learn, instead of what the country has to offer for tourists. And, don’t research the country too much before going; save some learning for when you arrive in the country.

Be a local, as well as, a tourist in a new country!
(You learn much more by being both!)

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“NOT JUST LOCAL FOOD; LOCAL EVERYTHING!”

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to visit different countries for more than just a “laying-in-the-sun” type of vacation; to truly experience a new country.

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Hope For Your Future…

Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.
-Robert H. Schuller

. . .

So, before I begin, I should start by saying that I don’t know the person who said that quote, but, when I read it, I immediately remembered one of the main reasons why I made the decision to live here, in Chile, for 3 months.

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I knew that living here was going to be very different, and I would have to adapt to a lot of new things.
I also knew, from experience, that travel teaches amazing & valuable skills & knowledge and it helps with (mental, physical & spiritual) growth.
So, let’s just say that I wasn’t exactly terrified of this trip, and making this decision was pretty easy for me because I love traveling anyways. But, I still had some doubts in me about this decision (like, was it even the right one?). And, the only thing that kept me from letting doubt win was the excitement of travel, and knowing that I was doing something that would better myself and my future.
I knew deep down that this trip was going to shape me and my future in some amazing way, and I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to travel more, grow more and shape my future.

Traveling shapes us in a way we don’t realize,
until we come home & see what changed in our minds!

. . .

That quote is a good reminder to have faith in your future, and to not let today’s hurts and fears stop you from accomplishing your dreams.
It reminds you that, how you feel today does not define your future because if you keep hoping, praying and working, your dreams will become reality and you will be able to say that you accomplished your goals.
It reminds you that even though traveling has tough moments (culture shock, fear of flying, fear of the unknown, etc.), it’s all worth it in the end because you’re working towards creating a better you and a great future for your better self. And, in that future, culture shock, flying & fear of the unknown will not be as foreign to you.
You might even, actually, start to love those aspects of traveling (I know, I definitely have).

Hurts only last for a period in time!
But,
Hopes can lasts forever (as long as you never lose your hope)!

So, whatever it is that’s stopping you from doing something amazing, put it aside and let your hope and faith in your future guide your decision because being hopeful is much better than being fearful.

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to go out & live your dreams because you should never let your hope fade & your hurts win!

Kill the hurts & fears by letting your hopes & dreams shape your future!


-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

 

My Own Material

For today’s post, I was challenged to look through my old Facebook, Instagram or Twitter posts and pick something that stood out to me and write what I think about it now.

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So, I chose to look through my Instagram feed and, while scrolling through, my very first Instagram post stood out to me.

Here it is:

The comment under it, just said: “Smile”.

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While thinking about how I feel about it now, I could only say: “I’m so glad this was my first Instagram post because it reminds me to always remember to smile, no matter what’s happening around me. Smiling is so much easier (and much more worth it) than being angry or upset at the world all the time.” And, just like the comment says, it’s simple; just Smile (one powerful word).

Just a simple smile can turn your whole day around!

. . .

And, also, while scrolling through my Instagram feed, I noticed how much it changed and evolved throughout the years.

From: Just random pictures I would find on the internet that seemed interesting.

To: Pictures I take on my own adventures.

It changed from, a random Instagram account, to, more of a traveling account.

It was very interesting to look back and see my own journey because it helped me see that I’ve come very far. And, it gives me hope that I will still keep going far.

. . .

So, now I challenge you to go through one of your social media feeds and find something that sticks out to you, OR, just look at your journey and notice how much your posts have changed over time. (Comment below with what you discovered).

Thanks for reading! I hope this inspired you to remember where and how you started, and to have faith and hope in your future.

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Where I write…

Place, setting, object, method, etc.

. . .

Many bloggers have specific settings where they write and what they use (laptop, tablet, phone, notepad, etc.).

They have an ideal place they go to write about a specific subject using their ideal method of choice.

. . .

I applaud those bloggers because I am not one of those bloggers.

Today, I am writing this post, in the middle of the day, sitting on a bench in the middle of Chile. Yesterday, I wrote a post, late at night, laying on my bed. Tomorrow, I have no idea where I will write.

I write any where & any time using any device I have nearby. I just write whenever I get an idea because I don’t want to forget any of the ideas I get on the spot; they usually turn out to be the best ones.

So, I guess that’s where I write: Anywhere.

I feel like it gives me more creativity to write about my surroundings, instead of always being in the same place (but I understand that having a set work place is probably good for some people, just not me).

. . .

So, Where do you write? (comment below with your ideal writing setting)

Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Continue reading “Where I write…”

Strange, yet Fascinating! 

Wow! That went by quick! 2 weeks to living in Chile-in the books! I can’t believe it’s already, and only, been two weeks. It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long, but yet, it also feels like I’ve done so much.

. . .

This year (2018) has already been a crazy year, all about doing strange & fascinating things (and it’s still only January)

. . .

From: 
Listening to people speak so fast in Spanish.
To:
Living in another country (alone).
Not a thing about this year has been normal (compared to all the past year’s of my life). 

. . .

Seriously, though, listening to people speak another language has become so fascinating to me because they do it with such ease (obviously I know it’s their native language), yet for me to follow along, takes a lot (and I mean an extra amount) of effort. 

And, every time I listen to people speak Spanish, it’s so fascinating to think that that’s how I sound to them when I speak English. 

. . .

And, as if listening wasn’t hard enough, when I think I know what they’re talking about, I’m usually wrong because I missed an important word or part of the conversation. 

. . .

Living here in Chile is like being a kid all over again and needing to start over at 0 & learn how to speak all over again & train my ears to listen to a foreign language as if it’s normal. 

But, I’ve asked myself this question multiple times since living here:

“Exactly, how, do you learn & become fluent in a completely new language as an adult?” 

And, if you came here for answers, I’m sorry but I’m still figuring out the answer myself, but I can say: 

Part of it is because our brain isn’t as fresh as it was when we were babies, so it’s harder for you to soak up and retain things & catch on to the tones in peoples voices.

So, you end up having a slight accent when you speak because that’s what you grew up hearing and that’s what your brain thinks words should sound like. And because you have an accent, you feel subconscious about speaking, in fear of being made fun of. And because of that fear, you just don’t speak, and you never practice, and you never learn.

So, what I’m trying to say is, that if you are trying to learn a new language:

Don’t be afraid to speak it because that’s truly the only way you will even come close to fluency in that language. 

But, let me warn you, it will take a long time. 

But, it will definitely be worth it! 

Thanks for reading! 
Now get out there and go learn a new language & don’t give up on it!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Street dogs everywhere! 

So, I’ve only been in Chile for a few days now, but one thing I’ve notice since I got here are all the street dogs.

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Now, I didn’t say ‘stray dogs’ because they are not strays. They get fed, but when they grow up and are not puppies anymore people don’t want them living in their house. So, they end up living on the streets and people just feed them when they come to their door. 

Now, unlike popular stereotypes, this doesn’t mean that people don’t care about the dogs; people actually care a lot about the dogs, but their houses are not very big to take in a big dog when it grows up. They can’t take them in their small houses, and they don’t have a huge backyard for the dogs either, so they figure that it’s better if they roam free. 

And, on the bright side, this way the dog never gets forgotten, and gets fed and loved by multiple people. 
Thanks for reading my first thoughts about chilean culture! (more to come soon)

– LiveForAdventure! 🙂 

Santiago, Chile – Day 1 

So, I’ve officially boarded the plane to Chile. And, all I want to do right now is sleep because it’s currently 01:00 (please consider this when reading the following post)

For those of you interested, I’m flying in a Boeing 777-300ER. And, it’s a completely full flight. But, even though I will be squished in this plane for 10 hours, I am absolutely pumped to land in Chile. Right now, I’m really tired, but I know that once I land, I will catch a second wind of energy. 

3 hours later…

I just woke up to the sound of my ear buds playing Spanish music and the smell of breakfast coming. These sounds and smells made me even more excited, (but also a little nervous) for the adventure ahead. I’m excited (and nervous) to see if I learned enough Spanish, and to see what it’s like to live in another country. 

2 hours later… (landed)

Well. I’m here, standing on the porch of my hostal room. And, can I just say that as soon as I landed, culture shock (& the heat) hit me like a brick. 

I mean, I’ve been preparing for this trip for a while, but still, nothing could have prepared me for this surprise for the following reasoms:

1- I’m coming from winter weather (-10) to Mediterranean summer weather (+30).

2- My brain didn’t realize how fast people actually speak Spanish. They understand me and then think I’m fluent, so they speak faster which makes all my conversations lasts maximum 5 minutes. 

. . . 

So, it’s 22:00 on my first day (technically half day) here in Chile. (Landed at 13:00 & didn’t get to my hostal until 14:30). And, since then, I’ve just been walking around discovering everything I can, until I crash for the night. 

Seriously though, I am SO tired (12 hours of flying later). I was ready to go to bed at 20:00, but I’m trying to get over jetlag as quickly as possible because I have a busy and exciting 3 months ahead of me. 

And, even though all I did today was walk around and visit the local grocery store, I feel like I already learned a lot about the culture.

. . . 

Well, that’s my journey here and my first thoughts during my first day in Santiago, Chile.  I’m going to sleep now, so tomorrow can be an even better day. 

¡Buenos Noches!

P.S. I don’t know if I’ll actually continue writing these everyday day with day 1, day 2 and so on; but for now, let’s say so. 

Thanks for reading! 

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Merry Christmas! 

Joyeux Nöel!
Feliz Navidad!
圣诞节快乐 !
Mele Kalikimaka!
Fröhliche Weinachten! 


. . .

Wherever you are this Christmas, make sure you are enjoying the traditions of that country during this beautiful time of year because Christmas traditions vary throughout the world & it’s really quite interesting, and fun to learn about the differences! 

~Wherever and whatever you are doing this Christmas, make sure it’s great, fun, traditional & different!~


That’s all I wanted to write for this post!

I just wanted to write something to say – Merry Christmas to all my amazing followers! And, Thank You for helping me have a great first, full year of blogging & for following and reading this random blog!

~ Have a merry Christmas! ~

  And, remember to always;

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂  

Coffee Shops…

I wrote a post earlier (last month) about Grocery Stores and how much you can learn about a culture by visiting a grocery store.
So, I recommend that before you read any further, you should go read that post.
Here’s the link: The Grocery Store

So, I’m sitting here, in this very diverse coffee shop.
I come to this place every morning to get coffee before going to work, and I sit down for a bit and I find myself looking around at the people walking in and out.
And, I realize that we are all here for the same reason.
However…
Although, we are all here for the same reason this morning, we are all very different.
We are all ordering something different, going to different jobs, we all come from different backgrounds, we all have different views of the world, etc.
But…
Even through all those differences, we are all living in the same city, taking a bus/tax to get our morning coffee before going to work.

The previous scenario is relevant for wherever you are in the world because when you sit down in a local coffee shop in a new country and watch people walk in and out; you can learn a lot about the culture.
Watching the type of people walk in and out of a local coffee shop can teach you a lot about the diversity of that culture because you will start to notice that even though we are a diverse world we aren’t all that different (e.g. we all want our morning coffee/breakfast).

That is why I love to visit local coffee shops in a new country because it’s a great way to learn about the culture of a country.

The menu in a local coffee always has some similar things that I can recognize (like, coffee or tea), but there’s always a specific item that’s popular in that country.
And, that specific item can usually tell you a lot about a culture.

For example, in coffee shops in North America, there might an item that is sold in every coffee shop (like, donuts) because donuts are said to go with coffee in the morning in North America.
However, other countries might have another item that they sell in every coffee shop (like, croissants/baguettes in Europe that are sold everywhere).
Croissants/Baguettes in Europe are like donuts in North America.

Every country has one item they sell everywhere that represents that countries’ culture!

So, next time you are in a new country; Visit a local coffee shop and order the most popular item. Chances are that item will be something unconventional to you, which means that it will teach you a lot about the country and the culture.

Thanks for reading! I hope this inspired you to travel and try new things to learn more about different cultures!

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

No right or wrong…

There’s no right or wrong in the world, just different!

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What you know in your country is, & will always be, different than what someone else knows in their country! 

We all need to learn this and accept this truth because it will never change! 

All cultures will remain different forever and I think that’s an amazing thing! 

Think about it!

If we were all the same, the world would be boring, & we would have no need to travel! (That’s a statement I never want to say/hear) 

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The different culture in the world are the reason that I love traveling. It’s an exciting and interesting experience & adventure; To learn that the way I see something isn’t necessarily the right way because people have different views about the exact same thing! 

For example:

Think about something small like paper.
In some countries, it’s barely ever used because everything is done online, and in other countries, it’s all they use because the internet is reserved for certain important things! 

I admit this might not be the best example, but the point I’m trying to make is that paper is probably one of the most basic necessities that can be found throughout the world (for work and school), yet, it is seen completely differently in different countries/cultures! 

However, if you want, you can use the same example with water (that’s a little more complex), but it still has the same outcome! 

 So, always remember that you don’t know everything because the world is huge! 

Thanks for reading! I hope this post inspired you to not judge the culture of a country just because you don’t like it and/or agree with it! 


-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Time for Adventure!

It’s finally here! Travel & Adventure season is here! 

If you’re as excited as I am for this time of year, Comment down below with your plan(s) for this season (and while you’re there you can even click the like button. 😉

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So… The main reason I am writing this blog post is to tell you about My travel & adventure plan for this season (It might be boring).

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In a few hours (April 19 @ 7:00am), I will be on a plane heading to Belize (see picture below) for 10 days (until April 30).
I am writing a blog about this because after my trip, I will be writing a lot of exciting posts about my trip (so you can read about my trip and my experience, & see if my posts about Belize make you want to visit this country).
The reason I say that I will only post After my trip, is because the place I will be staying at in Belize does not have any internet connections (and very limited electricity).

Belize
Belize on a map.

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Trying to pack light for this backpacking trip!

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I am very excited about this trip & I am equally excited to tell you about my adventures!

Thank You for reading (this boring;update post)!
See you in 10 days (when I Will have exciting stories to tell)! 🙂

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Don’t be too quick to judge…

Yes..you are correct..that title was click bait…

I really mean don’t judge a country by what you see in the media (just like: don’t judge a book by it’s cover or a person from the first time you meet them).

The media is trying to convince you on which countries you should visit and which countries you should avoid, but the truth is the media only does this because they choose which place gets money and which ones don’t.. The media chooses which countries it thinks is worthy of having tourists by deciding which ones have the least controversial subjects (for example: North Korea is less popular than Dominican Republic because the media has told us that the D.P.R.K is less welcoming to tourists than the D.R). The truth is they only say this to convince tourists to go where they are supposedly ‘wanted’, when really all countries would love to welcome tourists, but whatever the media says is what everyone believe even the government of said country.

All this just to say that wherever you want to visit, you should go wherever your heart wants because the media doesn’t, nor shouldn’t control you choice of adventure (just like when you pick a book to read, you should start reading before looking at the cover, or get to know someone before you judge them)

REMEMBER: Get out there and Live for Adventure! Don’t listen to others opinions on what countries are worth visiting! Go wherever you heart wants to go (it’s your life and your adventure)!

Anyways, P.S. All countries have their own flags, so you can have your own opinion..

HAVE FUN EXPLORING THE WORLD! 🙂 (i know i will)

Thanks for reading! See you in my next post!