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 imagined, 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 job working in the career services office 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 no matter how much I enjoyed that job or saw the steps of my career ladder appearing before me, some part of me 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 3 months road tripping up and down the East Coast. 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 in New Zealand 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 in Europe, Asia and Australia, only returning home in May 2018. My soul longs for travel, of that I have no doubt, but 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 asks 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, for now, satiating my travel bug by writing about my travels instead! (I will say it wasn’t lost on me that being a student and working for the university again would allow me 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.