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 :).
Many of my friends recently have expressed interest in traveling together. Honestly, I have seen many post and pictures of people taking group trips and they seem to be enjoying themselves. However, in the same group there was another post about if friendships had broken up over group trips. There were many people saying that many trips have broken up so many friendships. The reasons all ranged from their friends becoming a different person to their friends being controlling.
Personally, I have not traveled
with any of my friends. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. However, I would
hope that our friendship could withstand a trouble. However, when you read post
about many friendships breaking up, all you can do is hope that your friendship
is one that lasts the test of time. Honestly, I think it could be fun to travel
with friends, but like with everything in life, there is negatives to it as
well. Who knows maybe sometime soon we will be able to take a trip together.
Travel Question: Would you travel with your friends?
This week I want to talk about spiritual travel. I have not
seen many post on this topic outside of retreats and I think that it would be
something different to talk about. When I say spiritual travel, I mean having a
certain feeling that you should go somewhere not necessarily that place being
on your list of places to go, rather feeling like you should go there. Like
your intuition is telling you to go there. I have been feeling that way
recently specifically about two places. One would be an international trip and the
other is a domestic trip. I wish it was easy to just get up and go. However,
when you have a job, and bills it takes a bit more planning, which I honestly
enjoy because you have something to look forward to. Sometimes when you feel
something in your gut, you just must take a leap of faith and just do what you
feel, even when it doesn’t make sense. Sometimes we don’t understand the full
reasons of why we do things, however it always makes sense in the long run.
Travel Tip: Go where you feel is best
Travel question: Where have you been feeling you should go? Please
I have been seeing a lot in the news lately about people
taking a year off to travel. Personally, I think it’s pretty good that many
people are doing it. I have read many stories about people who have saved and
just decided to travel for a year. I can honestly say that this is on my bucket
list of things to do. Even if its just a few months to be able to travel with
no responsibilities. Just wake up whenever you want and just roam the beach all
year. I think would want to do it after my student loans are payed off just, so
I have nothing to worry about. I know that I would have to save a lot. I know
many people say use travel rewards credit cards, which are good tools, however I
want to keep my debt down to a minimum.
in my year I would format my year like eat pray love where I stay in three
places for four months. Learning to eat like a local, learning the importance
of prayer and how to love. For the first four months I would want to be somewhere
tropical where I could learn from the locals and enjoy the beach sun rises.
When I was in Belize someone told me that each sunrise is different and after
watching. Then for the next four months I want to be somewhere in eastern Africa.
For my last four months i think i want to be in south America. Why these places
you may think, I’m honestly not sure. Its something in me that wants to go to
these places. If I smile, I am happy.
Question for the week: Where would you travel to for the year?
One of the best parts of traveling is figuring out where you want to go. Sometimes this can be overwhelming because the world has so many great places to explore. Personally, I have decided to travel based off of price. As you may have noticed from a lot of my past blog entries I like to be very transparent. Last year when I was planning my last spring break while in school, I started looking at the price and the price only when trying to decide on the destination to go. I did not check to see if it was the rainy season or even if it was safe for solo female travelers. I honestly just booked the ticket and went to Cuba. Now other people have a bucket list, which I do have to an extent, but I am very flexible about where I go. Honestly, I had no intention ever to go to Belize, however now I am trying to figure out away to go back. My advice to anyone trying to figure out where to go is just do your own research and go where you feel is right. You do not have to do the list of the “20 best places to go” or whatever those list are. Go to where you feel have always wanted to go or want to explore. It does not have to be out the country. It could honestly be the next state over. I am trying to plan a quick beach trip.
I am in the process of unpacking all of my things into my
new place. Recently as I began to unpack, came across some of the things I have
collected from my travels. That made me really pause and think about what each
destination means to me. Each place that I have been has truly helped me grow
as a woman. Even the domestic places that I have been too has truly helped me
grow into the person I am today. Overall, the places I have been have taught me
that my ambitious side has never died. I thought that art of me had gone away
along time ago. What have I noticed from
all the things that I have collected is that I absolutely love post cards and
art work. Also, these memories make me want to get up and go. Even if it’s just
for a brief trip over night. I get that feeling that I am ready to try
somewhere else for a change. Like many people I am trying to learn how to
manage working and trying to travel. But going through this memory help me keep
Travel Question: What are your favorite memories about
This post is a little bit different. I want to talk about
saving money. Yes, the taboo topic of money. Recently I have been seeing many posts
on social media about financial stability vs. traveling. I believe i have been transparent
about the realities of traveling. So, I think we should discuss talking about
if financial stability is possible along with traveling. My answer is yes
because I am currently doing it. Now full disclaimer I know that my situation
is a lot different than many, so what I do may not work for others. Currently, I
have a full-time job and I have made it a priority to try to save for the
things that are important to me at this stage in my life. Currently, I save for
travel, emergencies, retirement and living expenses. I pay my bills and try to
do low cost activities around the city I’m in. Retirement for me although is
technically years away, however I have been told by many adults that I should
invest in a 401K or other retirement options in my younger years, so it has time
to gain compound interest. Even though, I honestly would like to spend the
money, I honestly don’t want to look back at my early twenties and wish I had
put more money. However, just because I am aiming for financial stability and
saving for retirement, that will not stop me from living in the now. Every day
we run the risk of it being our last days. So still make a financial plan for
your future, however don’t forget to live your life to the fullest.
Tip for the week: Try to save anything for retirement,
savings and travel the little bits add up.
A month or so ago I wrote a blog post titled Travel Shamers. I wanted to write about this topic again because recently I saw a post on Facebook, which I have posted to below, about people judging others about taking low budget means of transportation. I just wanted to say in response to this is who cares how someone chooses to travel. You do not need to spend over a thousand dollars for a flight then do some but do not shame someone for choosing a discounted ticket. Travel is more than just booking a ticket, one must be concerned about accommodations, food and activities. Traveling should not only be limited to those who have thousands of dollars. Rather for those who have the desire to see new cultures or another part of their country. It should not matter how we travel, rather the experience we get. As long as, you get the best possible experience, that’s all that matters. It does not matter your mode of transportation as long as you get there and experience the place the best way you can is all that matters. Don’t let travel shamers, make you think any differently.
Travel Tip: Travel any way that makes the best fiscal and
experience for you.