There are many milestones throughout adolescence to adulthood. At the ripe age of 17 you can drive and have many a terrifying experience with your parents in the car, who tell (scream at) you to watch out for the pedestrians or the old lady on the pavement, who may suddenly decide to jump in front of your car at any moment. After a gruelling 6-12 months (however long you can bear those expensive lessons) you finally pass your driving test. Then at 18 years old you have a wicked house party (remember those days) set with strobe and UV lights. Throughout the multitude of house parties, you work hard and pass your a-levels and get a place on a University course, where you celebrate with your friends on a party holiday. You decide to party 10 days in Ayia Napa “let me hear say eh-o, eh-o!” as a final farewell. Then you jet off to University. Here you will learn more about yourself and other people more than you ever have. During your last year at Uni you turn 21; this is official adulthood and reality sinks in that you’re really growing up. Soon after you graduate and are given your first job, whether it’s your dream one or not, it’s truly exciting.
However in-between the next milestones, in my generation there seems to be a gap before you reach the next lot. Or perhaps you didn’t even go to University and are stumbling through life hoping for the day that you can buy your first property and the next milestones of getting married and having children are somewhere up there in the distant haze of the future. So what’s there to do in between? Well it seems for a millennial like me, travel is now playing a big part in it. No matter what your path may be I’ve noticed it more and more. Whilst I finally was offered my first job in HR, many of my friends decided to go travelling. My closest friends went for 6 weeks around South America, moved to study in Amsterdam, jetted off to New Zealand or followed their hearts to go to Australia. I worked hard and got as much experience as I could. However I couldn’t escape the feeling that I was missing out potentially on some of the best experiences in my 20’s, before I were to achieve the other milestones in my life. I had a little voice in my head saying, “It’s not time yet for this to be my life”.
I was so eager to see more of the world and have an adventure of my own. I didn’t want to have the regret of thinking “I could’ve/should’ve done that”. Especially now, where thanks to the property market I’m nowhere near being able to buy my own place, it seems that travelling has come at a very good time. I’ve worked hard for my money so it definitely does not seem wasteful (something which did cross my mind for a fleeting moment). I’ve also got some experience under my belt, which was vital to me. So where does that leave me now?
Well this Summer I’m saying yes to that little voice and I am beginning my travels in California and New York! I will be doing a road trip with my boyfriend around California and then we will be using public transport around New York. I’m so excited to say the least to experience the Californian lifestyle and live my best Blair Wardolf dreams (although she definitely did not use the subway!) As sad as it was saying goodbye to my lovely colleagues in a job I truly enjoyed, I left on a high note as I was leaving to go do something that is so very important to me. As valuable as working is (and pivotal for survival!), I’m at a point in my life where I am still living at home so I have the luxury to go and explore without worrying about where I will come back to. Travelling is also very accessible nowadays and there really is no reason why you should not go!
“To travel is to live” Hans Christian Anderson
So why California and New York? I have never really been out of Europe for starters (I have been to Turkey which counts as Asia technically, but I stayed in the resort the whole time.) I wanted to keep it simple on my first big trip but live the “American Dream” this Summer and not have to worry about language barriers. It’s no secret that my generation has been spoiled by American sitcoms, dramas, reality shows you name it. I wanted to see the real life thing amongst all the beautiful nature that North America has to offer. Plus that saying “Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times” is very poignant in this case.
What’s on the cards after this trip? Now that would be telling!
Keep up with my blog and Instagram this Summer to see where I am and what I’m getting up to in America! I will be sure to write about it all on here.
Please let me know if you have any recommendations on what I must see or pack when I go, as well as any particular blog posts you want to read about. Let me know if you have travelled or if you would you like to!
My flights and accommodation are all booked, it’s just my excitement that I can’t contain any longer!
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