Believe or not, the majority of my traveling took place before I even began My Beautiful Adventures — I probably stepped foot in around forty countries. These trips were the catalyst for my blog. Unfortunately, because I had no idea I would one day be displaying my life for the entire world to see, I did not take any notes or that many photos while on the road. However, my regrets make me want to return to the following five places, so that I can document them properly:
Australia was so amazing I visited the continent three times in one year (talk about perpetual jet lag!). On my first trip there, I stepped outside my comfort zone and drove thousands of miles throughout the Outback in a Wicked Campervan during the hottest part of the year. My goal was to make it to Uluru to celebrate Christmas Eve with a bottle of champagne as the sun set and I made it. This was both one of the most challenging, yet absolutely rewarding adventures I have ever taken thus far.
My major from the College of Charleston was Comparative Religious Studies with a focus on the Asian religions (specifically Buddhism). My advisor had spent years in Tibet and had filled my head with gorgeous images from his time there. I was determined to make it there one day and experience it for myself and luckily I was fortune enough to visit right before China made it impossible for tourists to enter the region. To say it was a life changing journey is an understatement!
The trip that ignited the inner explorer in me was my first trip to China. I was there to study Chinese Medicine and had no idea that after spending three weeks in the country I would have an insatiable desire to see the world. Before this trip, I had only left the United States a handful of times and traveling intrigued me, but was not an obsession like it quickly became. I will forever be grateful to China for introducing me to one of my greatest passions! After that trip I returned four more times and eventually became a Chinese Medicine Doctor.
Who does not dream about traveling to the South Pacific? On my second trip to Australia I simply had to make the quick jaunt there, since I was so close and New Caledonia beckoned me with its breathtaking beauty and that it was so off the beaten track. It was as stunning as I had imagined and I got the best tan of my life!
South Africa is a country I would move to in a heartbeat. If it is not on your Bucket List, put it on there now! I spent three weeks traveling throughout the nation and I loved every city and person I met along the way, although the icing on the cake was the safari I went on in Kruger Park. I think my heart leaped out of its chest when I spotted elephants in the wild of the first time.