Lost @ home

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

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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!*

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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...

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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.

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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!
or
Happy Spring!
or

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-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Face the fact!

Do YOU own a passport?

Fact: Did you know that more than half of the people that live in North America don’t own a passport?

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Now, I don’t know exactly how many people live in North America, but it’s definitely a fair amount. And, the fact that only half of us own a passport is very sad.
I can’t believe that many people don’t see the need to own a passport and travel to another country.
A passport is like the best and most valuable thing you can own.
You can travel anywhere and fill your passport with stamps, your heart with memories and your brain with knowledge.

. . .

So, I just googled it, and found out that about 579 million people live in North America and only about half of them own a passport.
That means that about 290 million people in North America alone (I don’t know about in the rest of the world) don’t own a passport!

In my opinion, that’s not a good ratio, at all. (50% is not a good grade)
That means that about 290 million North American have never traveled to another country. They have never left their comfort zone.
They might never go to a passport office.
They might never hold a passport in their hands.
They might never get that feeling of excitement when they see that first stamp in their passport.
They will not know what it’s really like to visit another country.
They will never hear another language in a foreign country.
They will never get that thrill of taking-off in a plane for the first time.
They will never know the feeling of stepping foot into an unknown country.
They will never experience the excitement and adrenaline of going to a foreign country.

All these reasons used to make me sad for those people, but, after writing them down, they just confuse me.

How can someone not want to travel and experience all those things?
How can someone be so afraid to leave their comfort zone that they refuse to get a passport? (it’s really quite simple, just take a picture & fill out a form)
How can someone be happy and content with their home country, knowing that there is so much out there to explore?

I mean, seriously though, a passport is truly the most valuable thing you can own.

So, if you are one of those people that doesn’t own a passport, just try one thing.
Instead of buying that new smartphone or laptop, go purchase your first passport because for one, it’s cheaper and, the passport will actually make you feel richer.
You probably think you will never use it, but I promise, once you own one and hold it in your own hands, you will want to use it and fill it up with stamps and memories.

AND, IF YOU’RE STILL NOT CONVINCED THAT YOU SHOULD PURCHASE A PASSPORT, HERE ARE A FEW QUOTES THAT MIGHT ENTICE YOU EVEN MORE!

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The stamps that fill your passport will become your best memories and amazing stories!
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The more you travel, the more open-minded you become about the world & other people & cultures!
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This one speaks for itself!
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Whenever you purchase a new passport, Travel so much that you need to buy a new one for each new adventure!

 

Thanks for reading!
I hope this encouraged you to, either:
Buy a passport!
or
Start using your passport more often!
Because no one should ever regret traveling!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Hope For Your Future…

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

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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! 🙂

 

Seeing…

Seeing something with your own eyes is always better!

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I came across this image earlier today, and I just had to share it because it’s so great.

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“Don’t listen to what they say. Go see”

If you’re even remotely considering traveling abroad, just go.

  • Don’t ask people for their opinion, unless they’ve been to that country and they love traveling, or else you will get discouraged before you even book your ticket.
    Go form your own opinion while being in your chosen country!
  • And, although it is a good idea to be informed about the country you are going to, don’t watch too much news about that country.
    News people love to create a good story, so chances are they’re exaggerating some of the details.
  • Be informed, but keep some learning for when you arrive in the country.
    Don’t learn everything before you go because learning abroad is much more fun and rewarding.
  • You also need to pick a country that you really want to visit, so no one can discourage you from going.
  • And, then, don’t think about it too much, just go see for yourself because anything anyone says is a biased opinion about their experiences or thoughts about that country.
    You will probably (most definitely) have a completely different experience.
  • Lastly, travel is a personal decision and only you can decide if you want to or not because only you will be changed in your own specific way in the country you choose.
    It’s your adventure!
    But, one thing that I can say from experience is, that once you decide to go see another country, you will never be able to un-see it. The experience of traveling and exploring that country will stay with you forever. Luckily, it’s an amazing experience and the memories will will leave you wanting to travel even more!

So, as the picture says:

Don’t listen to what they say!
Go see for yourself!
Go travel and explore a new & different country!

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to travel and experience something new!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

The world around me…

So, for today’s post, I decided to observe the most popular place of the town where I’m currently living.

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So, I’m just sitting here in the middle of “La Plaza de Armas” in Quillota, Chile, eating manjar ice cream in 30 degree Celsius weather, in the middle of January.

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It’s currently summer here in Chile which means everyone is either, enjoying their vacation or just continuing with their work and daily life.
But, either way, for me, the following is what I’m observing and hearing:

  • People getting off work
  • People walking with their families/friends
  • People shopping
  • Kids playing, laughing, running, swinging, etc.
  • People taking naps under the palm trees
  • Music playing
  • People selling things (like, ice cream)
  • People dancing
  • People performing
  • Birds chirping
  • Taxis and buses honking

Those are all just regular everyday things, but sometimes the simple things can be the most interesting; I’ve just learned a lot about the culture of this country by people watching and writing this post.
And, I know, I know, those are just normal things you would observe in any town during the summer but, what makes it different to me, is that it’s all happening in Spanish (and the fact it’s summer in January).

Below I’ve included a few pictures of my current surroundings:

THE WORLD AROUND ME

Thanks for reading!

-What does the world around you look like right now? (Answer below with a picture or sentence of what you see and hear right now).

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

Learning…

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For the record: I don’t know the person that posted the previous tweet, but I very much agree with it.
Here’s why:

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As a high school and college graduate, I do think education is important to start your life by learning the basics.
But, as a traveler, I know that I still have a lot to learn. And, the more I travel, the more this reveals itself to me more and more every day.

You see, I’ve realized that once you start to travel to different countries in the world, you will truly realize that all those things you learned in school were average knowledge to get you started with your life.

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This is why I started to travel and write in this blog; because I wanted to encourage people to travel and always keep exploring and learning, no matter how smart they think they are. There’s always something out there in the world that you can learn (it’s big enough, you’ll find something).

. . .

Now, I’m not saying that you should quit school and just travel (don’t do that).
What I’m saying is: Don’t think that just because you have the best diploma out there means you know everything.
Think about it this way: “If you can’t speak every language in the world, you still have a lot to learn.” (that’s a little exaggerated, but you get the point).

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Thanks for reading!
I hope this post made you think, & inspired you to keep exploring & learning!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

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)

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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). 

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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! 🙂

First Post of 2018!

I can’t believe it’s 2018!
That’s crazy!

It’s also so crazy that I spent my New Years’ in
a new continent and a new country
for the first time!

. . .

So, if you haven’t been following my previous posts, I am currently in Chile (since December 27, 2017), and I will be living here for the next 3 months (until March 26, 2018).

If you want to go back and read some of those posts, click the links below:

  1. Crossing the equator!
  2. Santiago, Chile – Day 1 
  3. Street dogs everywhere! 
  4. Don’t underestimate it!
  5. More: coming soon…

And, if you don’t want to go read, check out this quick video I made about my trip here and my first few days in Santiago. Click the link below to watch it:

My Trip to Chile! (Part 1)

Thanks for reading! Have a great year!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Don’t underestimate it!

Even if you think and say to yourself: “No, it won’t bother me, I can ignore it.”
I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but, you are wrong.
You can’t escape it!
IT’S INEVITABLE!

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If you didn’t already guess, I’m talking about culture shock.
Seriously, though, I’ve traveled to many different countries, but I still always feel some sort of culture shock in a new country.

Culture shock is always (sometimes just slightly) present because each country has “at least” one thing that is new and different.
But, don’t worry, culture shock isn’t and shouldn’t be scary because whenever you feel it,  it means that you are aware of your new surrounding and you are learning about the different things about that country.

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So, next time you go to a new country, don’t expect anything to happen, just:

EMBRACE THE CULTURE SHOCK!
And, learn as much as you can from it!


Thanks for reading!


-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! 🙂 

Always use a compass! (or a map)

It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling in a new country or exploring & discovering yourself; you should always use some sort of compass (or map)!

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Your moral compass is one of the best compasses you can have because it will always lead you in the right direction on a trip, or in the voyage of life!

In the nature VS nurture debate, one of the main arguments is about morals and where they come from, and why people do the things they do.Well, I believe it’s really just both.
Depending on how much peer pressure you can handle: How reliable is your moral compass? Do you have integrity? Are your morals strong enough that you will follow them no matter what, or will you give into peer pressure.

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  • Nature means that you are easily affected by peer pressure because you grew up with a weaker moral compass that you didn’t use much.
  • Nurture means that your morals are strong and nothing will pressure you into doing something that you feel is wrong because you grew up using your moral compass a lot and you know how to use it.

So, even if you believe that one is stronger than the other, you should always make sure you know how to use your moral compass & that it is strong enough to lead you through the peer pressure trips of life.

~A compass always leads you through one amazing adventure to the next great trip!~


Thanks for reading! I hope this post inspires you to keep traveling through your own life and to always:

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Growing-Up…

I hate adulting! Growing-up Sucks!
Yes, sure, sometimes it’s cool, but sometimes it just sucks!

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Yes, it’s not the funnest thing ever, but you must learn to embrace it because saying ‘it sucks’ isn’t going to make you younger; you’re always going to be growing-up.
So, you might as well accept it and move on, and start to create a great life for yourself. 

. . .

In high school, we think we know exactly what we want to do when we graduate, but once we graduate college, we realize we still really have no idea what we’re doing with our life. We just start winging it and waiting for something big to happen that will distract us from the fact that we’re growing up and everything is changing.

~No one teaches you what’s waiting for you in the real world!~

We aren’t innocent little children anymore, with our whole life ahead of us.
We are responsible for every decision we make for our future self. We have to seriously think about our future before making any decision.
Our relationship with our parents is changing. We don’t think we need them, but, deep down, we know we will always need them. But, we have to grow up because being an adult, society wants us to think about so many things without anyone to influence our decisions.

When we’re young, all we want to do is be older so we can be free to make our own decisions, but once we are adults, we understand what it really means; we don’t want to make any big decisions because it’s scary to have our whole future in our own hands; if we make just ONE mistake, it’s literally ALL our own fault (there’s no one to blame).

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Anyways, I’m not here to make you afraid of growing up and adulting (I know it’s scary enough); I’m here to tell you that:
Instead, of being scared and saying that growing-up sucks, you should learn to accept it, and learn who you are and what you really want. So, when you do make big life decisions, you are sure about them because you know it’s what you really want.\
I know it can be a very difficult task to figure out what you really want, but once you start winging it and trying new, different and scary things, you will find yourself very quickly and your life will become what you imagined as a child.

So, next time you find yourself saying: “growing-up sucks” or “I hate adulting” or “I wish I could be a kid again” or “this is a lot of work” (all those sentences are valid feelings); remember that saying those things is only making it worse for yourself.
Instead, you should work on discovering who you are and what you really want in life! Start learning how to make your kid dreams come true as an adult, because…

…Once the adult you makes one of your childish dreams come true, you will start loving yourself and your life as an adult!

One suggestion that I have for discovering yourself & what you want, is; to take a trip abroad because I’ve found that it’s the only sure way to find yourself.
Finding yourself in another country & culture will really show you what you really want for the rest of your life.
It will open your eyes to so much you didn’t know about yourself (& the world around you, which is a bonus).

 

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to find yourself and your true happiness in adult life! Remember:

~Do what makes YOU happy!~
&
~Make sure that you’re living YOUR life, and not someone else’s!~

 

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

 

Dear millennials,

 

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Do you remember this computer? If yes, then the following letter is for you!

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Disclaimer: For you non-millennials out there, a millennial is defined as:
someone born between 1980-1990, and reaching adulthood in the early 21st century.
Let me reassure you that even if you are not a millennial, you will want to read the following letter.

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Dear millennials,

     WAKE UP!!! THIS IS, YOUR WAKE UP CALL! Calling you back to reality!

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The internet is costing you, your life!

Yes! We know, you grew up with internet access at all hours of the day, but that doesn’t mean your life needs to depend on it. Trust me, You can turn it off for a few hours; and you won’t die.

~LET’S STOP THE LABELS!~

You can turn off the Wi-Fi and read a book, or write a letter to a friend (yes, those are still a thing that people do), especially if your friend lives far away or you haven’t seen or talked to them in a while (letters are better than just texting: “hey, sup?”. It means much more). I hope you agree. 

And, if it’s too difficult for you to turn off your internet at home, go somewhere far away where you won’t have internet access at all, for at least a few hours.

I recommend, going to another country, so you aren’t tempted to turn it back on, and where you can get outside and explore a new culture and have an amazing adventure, off the internet.

The reason I’m writing this letter and trying to wake you up is because, while researching what the media says about millennials for this post; I realized that most of the things they say are not very positive. The media thinks you rely on the internet for everything and that, if the internet disappeared, you would be completely lost (for some people that’s definitely true); Some of you millennials are taking this thing too far, you are using the media as an excuse to be on the internet all the time.

But, What if, the internet really did disappear for a day (or longer)? What would you do then?

I know what the media would do. They would rub it in your face and tell you “I told you so!”.
And, when that day comes you won’t be able to use it as an excuse anymore because they will be right and your life will actually become exactly what the media predicted.

Do you really want that to happen? Do you really want the media to control your life? Do you want the media to be right?

I hope you answered “no!” to those questions because you need to start taking charge of your life and ignoring the labels the media places on you. The media only places labels on you because they know you will agree and go along with everything they say.

~So, I say: “Let’s start ignoring the media and take charge of our own lives.
Let’s set ourselves and our futures up for success!”~

Whether you’re a millennial or not; If you’re with me on this, get off the internet for a few hours a day and go enjoy the world around you. It’s truly a beautiful world & you can learn a lot more than you can on the internet!

LET’S PROVE SOCIETY/THE MEDIA WRONG!
Let’s prove to them that we don’t need the internet for everything!
(because deep down we know they are actually wrong and we know that we actually can survive without internet for at least a few hours a day)

Sincerely,

A Fellow Millennial that doesn’t agree with the labels society has placed on us (they’re not all 100% accurate, but some definitely are) & I think we need to change that.

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Thanks for reading!
If you agree with anything stated above, share this post (if you want)!

-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! 😊

The Unknown… 

I’m tired of feeling stuck! I want to travel & experience new & different things!

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I’m tired of living in this bubble of what I know about the world. I am starting to get tired of my comfort zone (I think this is a sign that I need to change something). I want to travel & explore the world because I want to learn more about the unknown.
The bubble that I live was a great place to grow up in, but, now I am ready to grow/change outside of my comfort zone.

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After the few trips abroad that I’ve taken, I now realize that everyone should try & grow outside of their comfort zone because it’s the only way to truly learn who you are, while also learning that the safe bubble you currently live in is not an accurate representation of yourself and the world.
There’s a whole world out there waiting for you to discover it & learn the truth about yourself and the world you live in!

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Sometimes we need to let go & move on; away from what we know because there’s so much that we still don’t know.
We must travel & see new things to keep growing!

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Some people will say that they grow during different seasons of their life, but I know (from experience), that it’s a different type of growth.
You see, growing inside your comfort zone during a different period in your life is vastly different than growing outside your comfort during different periods in your life.

When you grow outside of your comfort zone, in the unknown, you are not only growing during a different period in your life, you are learning, growing, exploring and realizing that you are different than you thought.

You are growing during a different period in your life in a completely new environment.

If you’re scared to step out into the unknown, you need to realize that being scared means that you’re too comfortable where you are and should really consider stepping out.
And, if you’re scared because you don’t know what will happen, that’s perfect!
That’s why it’s called “the unknown”, you shouldn’t know what’s going to happen next.
That’s what makes stepping out into the next chapter of your life so exciting; you are completely oblivious to what will happen next (just like traveling; you can plan a trip as much a you want, but when you arrive at your destination your plans could change drastically, & there’s nothing you can do about it, it will inevitably happen). But, that’s what makes traveling so exciting (at least, for me), going with the flow & living in the moment.

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Anyways, all this to say:
Please don’t be afraid of the unknown! I know it can be scary at first, but who knows what can happen if you just take that step you’ve always been scared to take! The only way to find out is to:

Step out into the unknown!

 

Thank for reading! I hope this post encouraged you in some way! Now, get out there and:


-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s that time of year again… the time of year where everyone is posting what they’re thankful for on social media… and, to be honest, I’m really not a fan of this “holiday”!
Before you judge me, let me explain why.

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Before I start listing the reasons why I’m not a fan of this “holiday”, I just want to say that I do think it’s nice to spend time with family and friends; I just don’t understand why we need a specific day in the year to do it.
If you agree, comment below and explain your reason (I’d love to hear another perspective).

With that said, here is a list of the reasons why I don’t understand this “holiday”:

1 – Shouldn’t we be thankful all the time; why only celebrate thankfulness one day in the year? We are alive the whole year & only choose to be thankful for only one day of it seems a little ungrateful (that’s not a very good thankfulness ratio – 365 days : 1 day).

2 – How is eating a huge meal supposed to make me feel more thankful? Personally, I would feel more thankful if I fasted on this day because then, I would truly know how good I have it. We eat everyday anyways, so, wouldn’t not eating make us more grateful?

3 – Most things people say on this day gets contradicted the next day anyways. (they say they’re thankful for their house, car, phone, etc., but, the next day they’re buying a better car, house, phone, etc.) So, what’s the point of saying you’re grateful for ‘said things’, when you’re just going to buy a new one the next day anyways?

4 – I think you get my point, I just don’t understand this “holiday”. Yea, it’s nice to spend time with family and friends, while eating a lot of food, but does it really need to be a ‘holiday’?

What if, instead of eating a huge meal on thanksgiving, we all started fasting for the day? Wouldn’t this make us appreciate what we have more? (I know that it would for me). 
I mean, seriously, think about it; we eat food everyday without thinking about it because it’s just normal to eat to survive, but, what if we didn’t have food to eat everyday to survive? Scientifically speaking, not eating for a day would trigger some sort of part in our brain, which would make us appreciate our food more when we do eat it?

 

Thanks for reading! That was ^ just something I’ve always thought about, so I figured I would share it, to give you some food for thought’ on thanksgiving!

One last thing, I hope you spend a good thanksgiving day with family and friends! 🙂
Don’t just talk to them today; appreciate them everyday!

 


-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Where’s the love? 

You know, I think everyone in the world should listen to that song…
It speaks the truth, and it’s so relevant for the current state of the world right now.

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There’s so much terrible things happening in the world right now; we all just need to look past it and start to love each other! Because…

Love is the only thing that will prevail ’til the end! 

Love always wins!

Why is it so hard for us to just love our neighbours? Why do we always have to be at war with each other? Why do we seek to make enemies with other people? 

We are all just human beings anyways, why do we treat one another SO differently?

Seriously though, we might be different but we are still all human beings, and we should start treating each other like we want to be treated.
The world would become such a better place if we all treated each other with love & respect! 

Think about this:

People are drowning in the water that you drink everyday or People in another country are paying for you to go to school for free! 

What if, instead of going to school, YOU spent all your days working/slaving just so someone on the other side of the world could go to school for free to get a much better job/income than you? 

How would you feel if that was your life?
In other words: How would you feel if you were looked down on because of where you live in the world?

We need to stop discriminating between race and cultures because we are all human beings here on earth to live our own lives.

Yes, it’s true that life looks different in each country, but that doesn’t mean WE (humans) are that different! We’re actually quite similar, we just have different views of the world from our own perspective, and we have different ways of seeing/doing everyday tasks.

So, next time you take a trip abroad, take a look at the people around you (locals) and what they are doing. It’s probably something similar to what you would do back home; It only looks different because they do it a little bit differently than you! 

Love is the key!
Love is the answer!
Love is the solution! 

-Verse taken from this song: Where’s The Love?

They (the media/society) don’t want us to love because if we all loved each other, they wouldn’t have anything to talk about anymore! 

Do we really want to let them win or Do we want to live in a safe and happy world? 

It’s OUR choice! We decide what type of world we create and want to live in! Let’s make it one that we’re proud of; that future generations will thank us for! 

. . .

The world is broken, and the only way to fix something that’s broken is with glue!

Love is like glue for the world! Once we start loving one another, we will be glued together by love & understanding for one another! Love (glue) will bring us closer!

And, if you don’t understand how you could possibly love someone on the other side of the world; I suggest you take a trip abroad because it will really open your eyes; because

That’s what the world needs right now: OPEN EYES & HEARTS!

&

                  MORE ACCEPTANCE & LOVE! 

 

Thanks for reading! Remember to always choose love and positivity! They are truly the secrets to life! Let’s remove hate from the world and turn this world upside down!

Share this post (or the song) with someone you care about.
Let’s start spreading love now!


Also… if you read this post ’til the end, I (sincerely) thank you, it means a lot!

-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) 

. . .

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! 🙂

The Grocery Store

The most interesting & culturally diverse place in the world! 

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Seriously though, grocery stores really are the most interesting and culturally diverse places in the world! 

See it for yourself, next time you are in a new country.

Just go visit the local grocery store because you can learn a lot about a culture just by visiting a local grocery store.

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Grocery stores are quite different in every country for multiple reasons. 

Here are a few differences that I’ve noticed:

1- Currency!

Visiting a local grocery store is an easy way to learn the worth of the currency; The different currency means that the prices look different (this helps you better understand the exchange rate).

2- Set up!

Each country has a different view of which foods go where; Based on popularity of that item in the country, and the size of the store area. This also differs between outside markets & inside stores because some countries only sell fruits and vegetables in outside markets while the other items are inside a general store, and vice versa.

3- Items!

Visiting a local grocery store is a great way to learn the popular local food items. It also shows you new and/or different items that you might not find in your home country because grocery stores around the world carry different items that others wouldn’t have, based on; item availability in the country.

Those are just 3 of the main reasons why I love to visit local grocery stores in new countries because you can learn so much!

Grocery stores are kinda like free museums; except better because you actually get to experience the culture, while being completely submerged in it.

And, you get to see new things that you wouldn’t normally see in a normal grocery store (one that you’re accustomed to)

What you know is not all there is in the world!

There’s so much out there to learn about & explore! 

So, next time you visit a new country, visit a local grocery store and take a closer look at those 3 things because I promise, you will already feel like you know a lot about the culture of the country. 

Thanks for reading! I hope this post inspired & encouraged your wanderlust!

P.S. If you notice another cultural difference in grocery stores; Please comment below, I would love to learn more! 

 

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Why I love learning new languages?

Hello – Bonjour – Hola – 你 好

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I’ve always been so fascinated with languages (I don’t know if that’s because I grew up speaking 2 already or because I just really like learning about different languages and cultures)!

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Anyways.. It’s all just so fascinating to me…

…That people communicate in different languages that others don’t understand because the words are different.

. . .

Think about it, when you speak English to your friend in a foreign country the people around you (locals) don’t know what you’re saying because they’ve never been introduced to that language.

Or, even better, when you go to a foreign country and don’t understand what people are telling you because the language is “weird” because it’s not what you grew up listening to and speaking.

. . .

Even the English language has it’s differences throughout the world!

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One of the reasons why I love learning languages is because it not only helps you understand what people are saying to you, it also helps you better understand the culture.
…Think about this next time you go abroad:

Listen to people speak their native language and notice how natural it is for them (like you when you speak your native language), and then, try and have a conversation with them; chances are they will slow down their speech for you, and you will spend half of the conversation thinking about what to say next because you don’t want to embarrass yourself by saying the wrong word.

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Although it may it be difficult and embarrassing to learn a new language, it’s also one big reason why I love traveling so much; I can finally put my language learning to use and see if it is actually possible to learn a completely new language and be able to be understood as well as, understand, locals.

 

Thanks for reading! I hope this post inspired you to learn a new language and travel abroad to use your new, amazing & highly valued skill! 

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Country-Island-City kid…

You’re such a city kid! You belong on the island! You seem like a country person! 

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If you’ve never been told any of these sentences, then you’re doing a great job at blending in with your surroundings! Congratulations! 

However, if people tell you those things, it doesn’t mean that you’re not still great at adapting to your surroundings; it just shows that sometimes people see your last destination in you because you’re still learning to adapt to your current surroundings!
And, that’s totally fine! It just means that you’re taking your time to learn about your new surroundings (the new culture), so, when you do adapt, people think you fit in well! 

. . .

Never be afraid to take your time adapting while in a new place! 

Learning about a new culture takes time (as it should) because in order to truly fit in you must, first, learn about the ins & outs about the culture from your new surroundings!

In order to truly fit in, you must stand out, while learning to fit in! 

 

Thanks for reading! I hope this post inspires you to continue to learn about different cultures around the world! 

 

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂