Hi, I’m Holly :). In 2012, I got on a plane to Melbourne, Australia. I had 3 months of school ahead and then no plan at all. 9 months later I made my way back home a little wiser, a little humbler, and a lot more excited about where life was going to take me next.
28 countries later I can say with all my heart that travel changed my life, opened my eyes in ways I never could have expected, and inspired a passion in me I will forever be grateful for.
But let’s backtrack a little bit. I was 19 when I decided I wanted to study abroad in Australia. I didn’t know much else but I knew it somewhere I’d always wanted to go and that I wanted to go soon. Not long after that, I got a student-worker position working in the career services office in The College of Business at my university. The job couldn’t have been any more perfect for a wide-eyed marketing major eager to climb the career ladder that, for so long I had believed, would lead to success and happiness. I remember calling my parents and saying “I got the job! That might mean giving up Australia, but this is a really great opportunity.” But even in that position, creating job opportunity after job opportunity, I knew I still needed to go travel “while I had the chance.”
Fast forward to a year and a half later when I was packing my bags for a 3 month study abroad program in Australia, followed by, hopefully, a couple months of traveling around Australia. The program was a fantastic experience, I made a great friend to do my Australia traveling with and even ended up planning to spend a week in New Zealand before going home. Except that one week turned into 3 months and after that, I guess you could say I was hooked.
I was hooked on the freedom, the cultures, the beautiful souls I met. That was it for me, I had to experience this more.
After graduation, I spent the better part of 4 years living, working and traveling abroad, only returning home in May 2018. My soul longs for travel, of that I have no doubt, but decided I was ready to spend a bit of time at home. So, what does one do when you move home from this wild, amazing and soul-changing 4 years and everyone is asking what your new life plan is? Go back to school and buy some time to figure it out, of course! So here I am, back home in Reno, Nevada pursuing my Master’s in Business Administration, and absolutely loving it. (I will say it wasn’t lost on me that being a student and working for the university again would still give me the opportunity to spend a couple months traveling each summer…).
Thanks for letting me share a bit about myself with you! Maybe my story resonates with you and if so (even if not!) I hope my blog will help inspire you to take the leap of faith and go travel. I promise, the world will welcome you with open arms.