For those of you who don’t know, when I’m not off traveling the world, I am a 7th grade English teacher. This means that in just two days, I will be back to work, and filling any and all vacation time with plans for travel. But, for now, I have a few end of summer thoughts to bring some closure to the last few months.
This summer has been one of extreme highs and lows, and while hard to compare to last year’s “best summer ever,” it did have many positives, even with the lowest of lows. Since I am not one to focus on negativity, I have chosen a few of the best moments of the summer to look back on with gratitude before moving on to what lies ahead.
Visiting my Sixth Continent
Visiting every continent by the time I turn thirty is a bucket list item that I have been focusing on for a little over a year, and this summer, I got one step closer. Traveling to South America was my original plan for the summer until I decided to wait, planning on visiting South America and Antarctica on the same trip. But, fate had different plans for me. As summer neared, an opportunity to visit Chile for a week opened up, and I took it with open arms.
For one week, I took in all that Santiago had to offer and absolutely fell in love with the food, culture, and people. South America is without a doubt a place I have come to love, and I am looking forward to continuing to explore the continent further over the years to come.
Building New Friendships
Over the past few months, I have been able to turn several acquaintances into lasting friendships. Between sharing a house at TBEX in Toronto and traveling together in Montreal, I have created bonds with several people, and I am so grateful to have had that chance.
What has been wonderful about travel blogging is the fact that I have been able to meet and interact with so many people from all over the world on a daily basis. Never in a million years did I imagine that writing would bring me new friends, but I am so happy it has.
Never one to shy away from a new experience or two, even if it means getting out of my comfort zone, I had several new and exciting experiences this summer. From trying new food in Santiago and Montreal to biking all over cities and sabering bottles of champagne, I have continued to put myself out there and grow, taking any chance or opportunity that has arisen. As always, it has been worth it in every way possible, and I have continued to learn more about myself with each new step I have taken.
With both losses and gains, this summer may not have been easy, but who I am at the end of it is what I think is the most important. Each struggle or hardship is an opportunity to grow, and from looking at and analyzing the good and the bad, I know that I am finally headed in the right direction.
Which is why, as much as I love the summer and the freedom it offers me, I am looking forward to autumn and the coming months. They are already unfolding into endless possibilities, and I’m looking forward to taking advantage of every single last one of them.