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Day 32: How Far Are You Willing to Go (for travel)?

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Day 32: Let's Go Streaking?

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I do a lot of things in the name of travel. I mentioned it before in my frugality post that I choose to live a certain way in order to travel my life away. When you’re a travel fanatic, or addict, you’d do a number of crazy shenanigans if it means you’ll be more inclined to travel… you might even consider going streaking?

No, it’s not an option on the table — go streaking and get a free trip — but I thought about it today in my heat-induced lunacy as I struggled to wear anything at all. My internal travel clock is ticking away; I’m dying to put some more stamps in my passport, and I can’t help but think about how far I’d be willing to go to make it happen. If streaking were an option to make it happen faster, could I?… someone who is even horrified at the idea of a bathing suit…. bare all in the name of travel? Would you? (This girl might, hehe.)

It isn’t the same as streaking, but completely rearranging my life so that I can travel has never been an issue for me. Oh, let’s go back to the college days — a time where all I could think about was getting my butt overseas to Italy. I started off in the business college and took up Italian lessons, but the idea of studying abroad was a bit daunting to my family. Having not been a part of their lives ever, me traveling overseas for an extended amount of time wasn’t backed or promoted.

But what my family didn’t know was that I needed it. I pined for experiencing more of Italy and having adventures. It was in my blood, in my head, in my mind at every Italian lesson. I HAD to go.

So, I changed my major, and in doing so, I actually had to change from the business college to the liberal arts college.

Although you don’t generally need to change majors like that to study abroad, I did something a bit tricky: I chose a new major where studying abroad was REQUIRED. Brooke 1; environmental factors non-conducive to me going overseas 0.

Ok, so the going abroad part was a perk, but not the only reason. I loved my switch because, honestly, the business college was just too boring. My new major of International Studies (where I focused on economics for my core) allowed me a lot more freedom to study things I enjoyed like history and cultural issues. It was “me”.

Whether or not that major has gotten me anywhere today is quite questionable. What I do know is that rearranging my life like that — changing my major and course of action — made me happier and helped me experience a moment that was so essential in making my life what it is today. If I hadn’t studied abroad, I don’t know if I would have felt the same desire to attempt long-term travel.

This is just one instance of myself going to extremes in the name of travel. We just might have to make this a series (it is already 1:30am), but do let me know how far you’d go in the name of travel by leaving a comment!

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20 Responses to Day 32: How Far Are You Willing to Go (for travel)?

  1. dawn February 2, 2011 at 1:59 am #

    I went to Italy twice with my Undergrad class then I returned to Grad school so I could save up student loans and go back this summer 2011, and I will stay for 2 months.

    • Brooke February 3, 2011 at 12:03 am #

      Haha, it’s a magical place! Glad to see you’re making it back… again! šŸ˜‰

  2. Diane Friday February 2, 2011 at 2:21 am #

    Hey Brooke, I love your style! You remind me of me!lol

    I did everything I could think of to realize my dream to visit Dakar, Senegal. I began in 2009, made videos, blogged, entered contests, etc. After all that, I put it in Gods’ hands and sure enough, he made a way!

    My only regret is that is, I missed a few Kodak moments and it was not long termed.

    Keep moving, my friend!

    • Brooke February 3, 2011 at 12:11 am #

      Congrats on making your dream a reality! It takes a lot of work to make that happen sometimes šŸ˜‰ Never been to Dakar, but I definitely would like to experience it at some point.

  3. Zablon February 2, 2011 at 2:43 am #

    you really love travelling, if you changed your majors so that you could be abroad

  4. Ruth February 2, 2011 at 4:30 am #

    Streaking, not so sure I’d go that far, probably depends on the context. But freeing myself of possessions seems to be harder then I thought, getting naked in the material sense not the literal.

    • Brooke February 3, 2011 at 12:15 am #

      Haha, funny that šŸ˜‰ It’s amazing the hold our possessions have on us. Good luck with your getting naked attempt šŸ˜‰

  5. Chris - The Aussie Nomad February 2, 2011 at 6:07 am #

    Ya know it wouldn’t be pretty but streaking for a for a free trip… yeah I could handle that šŸ™‚

    • Brooke February 3, 2011 at 12:16 am #

      I guess it depends on trip. A few days in NZ… nope. šŸ˜‰

  6. Adventurous Kate February 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    Hahaha! Thanks for the mention, Brooke…and if you think that’s bad, you should have seen this dude on my Halong Bay cruise. We had all been drinking, he was making a speech, and some guys pantsed him…he just said, “I don’t even care!” and stood there with his bits hanging out until he got UNPANTSED because he wouldn’t pull them up!

    • Brooke February 3, 2011 at 12:22 am #

      Haha no worries šŸ˜‰ And that sounds hilarious! I’m fine with other people’s nakedness, just not my own.

  7. Theresa February 4, 2011 at 2:06 am #

    I turned down multiple reasonable and good job offers to take a position teaching in Greece through a program no one at my university had heard about. I found a crumpled up out-of-date flyer at the bottom of a box in the career services office, asked around about it, got nothing, searched on the Internet, found a year-old application form, which I then filled out and sent in. I ended up getting offered a position and I took it, despite knowing next to nothing about the program. It ended up being one of the best years. It was a big leap for this girl who loves details and checklists, but that’s what travel is about. Throwing off the second guesses and going for it.

  8. Tracy Burns February 4, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Dragging two kids around the world with us in the name of travel! That’s how far we’ll go! Meanwhile given the current weather I think you should give the streaking a go to see if it works. At the worst you’ll be a little cooler … maybe! We’re in Sydney next week, I really hope its cooler by then

    • Brooke February 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

      Oh Tracy, dragging two kids around is dedication šŸ™‚ Luckily it cooled off a lot yesterday and today is magical and cool!

  9. Annie February 5, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    Studying abroad definitely changed my life but I have to say you had a level head to change your major for it! I had now idea I wanted to travel but studying abroad seemed like the right thing to do, plus meeting a bunch of hot Aussies in Canada made it an easy choice!! šŸ˜‰

    • Brooke February 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

      i wanted to change my major anyway, just didn’t know to what yet. I saw that new program, went to talk to the advisor and was sold. He was soooo laid back… I was like, “I need to be in the area he focuses on.” Then I needed to have the focus to get myself abroad. It was a win-win.

  10. Tony February 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    I once moved jobs internally within a company and presented the new boss with a pre-booked six-week holiday I was going to go on. It’d been ‘approved’ at the end of my previous job šŸ˜‰

  11. Suzy February 9, 2011 at 4:40 am #

    I can completely relate. Studying abroad might not have changed my career path, but it certainly gave me that want to keep on traveling. I didn’t want to be in the US for most of my college career so I studied in Italy for almost 2 years of it. Despite the battles I had to have to get credit for these course at my home university, it was honestly the best decision I ever made and one I would recommend to anyone. The stories I found studying abroad helped me become a full time freelance travel writer. Where did you study in Italy?

  12. Jeremy B February 9, 2011 at 5:52 am #

    Great post Brooke! One thing I look back on and regret is the opportunity I had to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship. I was a Rhodes Scholar nominee in college but at the time, had no desire to go overseas to school. I look back on that now and kick myself! Honestly, it’s a great way to travel while furthering your education so good for you for recognizing this opportunity in your major!

    Know what else I kick myself for now? My school is #1 in the country in international business (my degree was in accounting) and attracted students from all over the world. Yet I had no desire (at the time) to pursue a degree in that where travel would have been required and I would have gotten the best education in the country!

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