Hello my name is Khadijah. I am currently a recent college graduate that enjoys reading. This blog is for me to speak on my observations, say things about my travels, talk about books and just for me to express myself in a public domain. If you have any questions please feel free to ask :).
about taking your first trip abroad or to another state. Or even if you decided
to be a local tourist in your home state. The point is that you are getting out
of your comfort zone and are achieving something new. I hope you enjoy the sites
as well have the chance to see the hidden gems of wherever you are going. Don’t
get me wrong still do the “touristy” places, but don’t afraid to go off the
beaten path. I know that you may be scared
but trust me the jitters will start to settle as you go through your trip.
hope that your trip is pleasant. However, I cannot promise that the trip will
go perfectly. I cannot promise that everything will go perfect or that you won’t
get hurt during the trip (I hope and pray you don’t). I can’t even promise that
you won’t get pick pocketed or lose your money, but I can tell you, that your
will gain so many lessons and uncover how strong you truly are. I am not saying
that you must go on a trip to show how strong you are, but it’s a different
feeling when you have to do it out of your comfort zone.
hope you not only learn the culture, but also uncover something about yourself.
I hope you enjoy the journey that you are on and don’t rush it because it always
seems to go fast. Also don’t forget to smile on your trip in the moment. I know
its easy to stay engulfed on your phone and must take a hundred pictures
however don’t forget to be in the moment.
I haven’t seen many people talking about losing their travel
spark. To me, when someone or myself loses their travel spark its as though we
need a break for an extended period. Sometimes we have realized that we want to
prioritize other things such as family or complete a course. Then we must decide
where that money will go. Now I know
some people will say that you can take a course any where in the world, but
sometimes traveling could be a distraction.
I just want to say that
although you may lose your spark for a second it will come back when you least
expect it. I’m not sure why people would not talk about it. I believe that
traveling is truly exciting, however the amount of money being spent and
sometimes receiving bad news while your away can hurt greatly impact your
spark. However, I hope that to who ever is reading this if you have lost your
spark that you decide to refresh and allow the spark to come back.
Most people have had the urge to drop
everything and travel. Which honestly does not sound like a bad thing, especially
when your tired of your everyday life. Honestly, I am all for jumping into what
you want to do. However, I am a firm believer in having a plan and being flexible
with that plan.
seen many stories about people deciding after a few months do just travel on a
whim alone with the money they have and hoping to stretch it to six months only
to have to come back after three months. Some people run their businesses from
other countries, or they freelance in order to make money. To me I say do what
makes sense for you. As many people know I plan to work as I build my travel
fund and I want to accomplish a few of my other goals before I travel full time.
My plan is to operate my business while traveling. But while doing so I want to
live like the four-hour work week. (Well I’ll probably work 6 because its me).
If you are thinking of dropping everything and traveling full time.
Sometimes we take trips we have to decide how active we want
to be. When I say active, I meant having a rigid schedule planned or going with
the flow of the trip. Please keep in mind there is not right or wrong way to do
this. Personally, I just go with the flow. Now I will admit that most of the
time I do have a list of things that I want to do, however I can even be flexible
with when I do it or just cancel it so I can just lay around. I know that when
traveling we can feel tempted to follow all the travel list and fit everything
in the trip, which is fine. Except do not forget to enjoy your time in that new
place. Explore. Do something that you had not planned on doing. For example,
when I was in Spain, I was this museum. Now this museum was not on my list, but
I figured since I had time to give it a try. I enjoyed it because it has me
insight to a new realm of art that I had not know of and it gave me more knowledge
about Antoni Gaudi that i had not known about. In my best Shakespearian voice,
to be active or to not be active is the question. But the answer is up to you
and whichever you chose, enjoy it to the fullest.
Travel affirmation: When I travel, I do what I want, when I
Traveling and numbness. I know to some people this probably does
not make any sense and at first when I thought of this topic. But since travel
is about exploring, I decided to explore the topic. When traveling, I can admit
that I did feel numb at times. But I would say the numbness would be a good
feeling. I usually only get it when I see something beautiful, like a sun set
over a city skyline or even when I try something I would have never done. I
know that being numb can be a good or bad thing and that it can vary in definition
from person to person but when your traveling I can to encourage you to feel a
good numbness as your go forth. Allow the travel euphoria to take over and run
through your veins.
Travel Question: Have you ever felt numb while traveling?
Sometimes when people go to conferences they can limit themselves
to just doing the conference activities and staying to their room. Honestly
that is completely understanding because sometimes the conference events can be
draining and sometimes you just need to rest especially since many people come
to a conference the day of and jump right into the festivities after being on
the road. If you have the time and the energy, I want to encourage you to take
sometime out to explore the city you are in if you can. I know sometimes some
conferences are in remote areas and may not have much, but sometimes going to a
local restaurant can give you a preview into local life. The reason I encourage
this is because you can experience new things in the city. For example, when I
went to a conference in Atlanta, I had the chance to see Martin Luther King Jr’s
house, a graffiti alley and ate at a great sea food place. The next day I had
the conference, but I am so glad I had the chance to explore Atlanta. Sometimes
you may have to get there a day earlier, however sometimes exploring is just
what you need to set the tone for your conference weekend.
Travel tip: Try to explore, even when you are at
Recently on social media I saw a post about how a popular
tourist attraction was not what it appeared to be. What was interesting to me was that those
photos are what inspired people to go to those places. Now I am not saying that
we should not be inspired by the things that we see or even attempt to see them
on our home. What I want to encourage you to do is, not do it for the likes. Currently
we are living in a society where we tend to do things to impress people who we
barely know rather than being our true authentic self. I have always believed
that doing things for likes is never a good idea because your living your life
up to someone else’s standards. Remember to travel to any place because you want
to experience it for yourself.
Travel Affirmation: I will travel to a place because I want
to, not to get or be liked.