I Want A Trip Abroad For My 19th Birthday

I Want A Trip Abroad For My 19th Birthday

Let me travel the world, Mom! Please?!


My birthday is coming up (it's like 2 months away), and I have been thinking about the things that I want to do with my life. I have been thinking about the experiences I've lacked or haven't had the opportunity to have yet. Also, I have been thinking about my hopes and aspirations and the conversations I want to be having with people.

In the beginning of 2018, my biggest goal and mission was to change the world. It's something that I've always wanted to do, but 2018 was the year that I really started to embark and take strides towards achieving that goal. I have done this by going on a service trip, doing service projects and really giving back to the communities around me.

Since college is over and I have been home, I have realized that I don't have a passport. Also, I realized that I haven't been out of the United States. I don't like that I've stayed in the United States my whole life and that I have only been off the East Coast once.

I want to travel the world and I want to explore countries and see what life outside of the United States is like. I want to embrace that culture shock and immerse myself in the culture of another country. I guess I have been hit with the travel bug because part of me feels trapped in a sense, where in order to grow more, I need to see more of the world.

If I want to change the world, I should probably see more of the world. That makes sense, right? However, traveling is expensive, and it is something that I know I cannot afford anytime soon.

That is why, I want a trip outside of the country for my birthday. I want to see outside of the United States, even if that is over the border in Canada. I just want to experience a different culture, and I am at an age where I can fully do that.

Being young is a blessing and a curse because you have the energy and time to do things like traveling, but a lot of us tend to lack the funds to do that because it is costly.

I know this is a BIG REQUEST, which is why I'd want to be a Christmas and a birthday present. I am someone who wants to have experiences now, and I want to become worldlier.

Growing up, I kind of lacked that and I feel like that has made me shielded from the severity of the world issues going on. Granted, I feared going on planes and I would cry every single time I had to go on a flight when I was little. Yeah, I was that kid.

Times have changed, I've changed and now flying is no big deal to me. I still get scared if there's turbulence, but I think it's time for me to see the real world. I want to see the world issues (some of them), first hand and to gain a better understanding of them through that.

Also, the worldlier you become the more you can relate to people and be a better leader and person. That is something I strive for, which is why I really want this birthday/Christmas present.

Mom and Dad, please give this to me. Thanks!

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The Glory Of Moving Far, Far Away

There is beauty in new beginnings.


In this day and age, people everywhere seem to have wanderlust. I like to say that July is when it is at its peak, especially for me. I am now adjusting to life in Coatesville, Pennsylvania with my family after moving from our previous home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

This is not my first time moving away, and it will certainly not be the last one either, but it still feels different to me. The main reason for that is because this is my last summer before I graduate from college.

It not only marks the end of my entire childhood, but it symbolizes the end of freedom. While I am still familiarizing myself with my new home, I want to take the time to write down how I feel right now.

Finding New Places

I am originally from Blacksburg, Virginia. I spent most of elementary school there, and I managed to stay for all four years of high-school as well.

So, it is safe to say that I know it pretty well. I loved living there, but I fell into this routine of frequency. I knew where I wanted to go out to eat and what movie theater I liked the most.

However, all of the places in Coatesville are new to me right now. Who knows what kind of memories I will have from all of the restaurants and stores here?

There is beauty in new beginnings, and I am already looking forward to stepping into a Wawa.

Happiness At Home

Fortunately, the moving process went very smoothly from the beginning for all of us. I kept the necessary belongings with me for the car ride and reunited with my other belongings quickly since the movers arrived the day after us.

One of my favorite things about coming to a new house is having a different room. I like sorting all of my stuff and thinking of crafty ways to arrange everything. The yellow walls actually closely resemble my dorm room which helps me think of ideas for the upcoming semester.

Plus, I have two side-by-side windows which give me a gorgeous view to our front yard. The first observation I made was all of the green surrounding us. The trees and grass just paint the entire neighborhood. It must be a sign for me to relax and enjoy the outdoors from time to time.

Make It Count Every Day

Like everything else in life, summer does not last forever. Even though it is not always easy to live in a new place, I am determined to make the most of it.

On one of our first nights at our new house, my sister chose the movie "Titanic" to watch that night. This is my most beloved movie and it made me feel more at home.

I cannot finish this section without giving credit to Jack Dawson. He once said, "I figure life is a gift and I do not intend on wasting it."

Since it has been almost a week since our journey here started, we have become accustomed to our family rituals including walking the dogs around the circle and watching the weekly showings of "America's Got Talent."

I am so glad that I have the chance to live in Pennsylvania and I am looking forward to the future. I am now more inspired to explore the area around me and learn more about myself.

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