It's no secret that my goal in life is to travel the world. Since I was a child, there has been nothing more that I've wanted to than see the world, learn everything, and make a difference in someone's life.
A few months ago, I was able to kick start that dream by traveling to Africa and doing some volunteer work. When I was a freshman / sophomore in college, I did some local volunteer work at a community center. So the volunteering part was nothing new for me. However, I was expecting a life-altering, touch my soul experience; that's not what I got. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved the work I did and I certainly adored the children I was able to meet. (I feel extremely selfish for feeling this way, but) I don't feel like I had a very great impact while I was volunteering. I know I'm not going to single-handedly change the world, but I feel like I could make a significant difference in just ONE person's life. I know this is an extremely selfish way to think of things, on the other hand of it though, I can name several people in my life that have completely changed me as a person: if I can return that to at least one person in my life, I would feel like my life actually has some sort of meaning.
To get back to the original subject (and on a much happier note!), I'm feeling the need to travel again. This time, I'm thinking my second-most desired place: South America! For the next year or two, I'm going to be planning an elaborate trip around South America and, possibly, Antarctica. I want to be able to experience the culture first-hand; try local foods, speak the language, meet families, the works! I want to travel the Amazon, climb to Macchu Pichu, zip line to Christ the Redeemer, go to the Faukland and Galapagos Islands, step foot on the coldest, driest, highest continent in the world. EVERYTHING!
I'm going to keep an elaborate journal & itinerary for this trip, which I will keep everyone updated on! Any input or ideas of things to go / do, let me know!