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Reflections on the Past

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Two years ago I seriously started thinking about long-term travel – seriously in the sense that I deemed the money in my bank account solely for the purpose of the “big trip”, set a date, and started planning where to go. I recently came across the traveler pre-trip profile on bootsnall.com and thought it was interesting to look back and reflect on where those initial planning phases have taken me thus far. My profile can be found here.

There are a few parts of that profile questionaire that I love:

11. Why did you decide to take this trip? What got you into this type of travel, and/or influenced you to go?

NOW OR NEVER! I feel like if I don’t do this now I’ll have a much more difficult time doing it in the future. I have always loved traveling and I studied in Italy for a semester in college (and that really changed me!). I came back feeling different, more confident, patient, enlightened. Since I’ve been back, I feel like I’ve lost a little of that spice I gained and I miss it! I want to feel alive again 🙂

15. What are you packing? What do you consider your most indispensable item(s)?

underwear and camera

17. If you had to sum up your thoughts/feelings about your round-the-world trip in one sentence, what would it be?

I’m tired of talking about it and I’m ready to do it!

21. What is your advice for people planning their own RTW trip?

GO! Make a plan and do it!

So, here I am two years later at the ripe old age of 25, doing exactly what I set out to do… see the world. It may not be the original path I was planning back then, but it still makes me proud to think I was able to stick with a dream long enough and with enough enthusiasm to see it come true. How exciting!

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2 Responses to Reflections on the Past

  1. [F]oxymoron August 28, 2008 at 7:21 am #

    And you get mad-crazy respect for following through with those dreams… and just so you know, I’m jacking your “Like the post? Buy me a beer!” idea. Brilliant.

  2. Beththeglorifiedpaperpusher August 29, 2008 at 10:46 am #

    Hi Brooke! This is cute! What a good idea 🙂

    I never filled one of those out but perhaps i should so I can reflect on my someday as well….

    – Beth

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