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The decision you’ve made to travel the world is the best decision you’ll ever make. The investment you’re making is an investment in yourself, and there’s no better way to spend your time or your money. Did you tick off your boss by taking this time off? Good. You are your own boss now. The world is in front of you, and you get to decide how your story goes. Spend wild nights partying at local bars until 2:00 A.M. Create your own personal oasis at the local park where you can focus on reading, writing, or just simply being in the moment. Meet others who are traveling, and strike up conversation with those who live in the area. The uneasiness will soon fade away, and you’ll feel like you’ve been doing this forever.

I know you are a mixture of emotions, and you feel like the blender is on high speed. You are excited, scared, unsure, anxious, ready, and not ready all at once. The ticket is booked, your arrangements are made, and it’s almost go-time. You are about to embark on an incredible journey. It’s a journey that will continue as long as your soul remains eager and your mind remains open.

I remember the first time I traveled in college. It was only possible during that phase of our lives because we were able to pull together and take crowd-funded trips. Once college ended and the real world hit, that adventurous side seemed to slip away for so many. But not for you, First Time Traveler. You are different. Something inside you stirred around until you couldn’t ignore it anymore. As uncomfortable as you feel, you also know you’ve made the right choice.

As you await your flight, train, or ship, think about what you ate for breakfast yesterday. You probably can’t remember, can you? Can you think of an awesome experience you once had that left you feeling fulfilled and curious? Of course you can. You’re about to add to that group of experiences. Open your eyes, your ears, and your mind, because your adventure is here.