ESLVentures Round Two: A One-Way Ticket to Adventure

Greetings everyone and welcome back to my travel blog! 😊

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the Sahara Desert in Morocco 🇲🇦 🐫

If you haven’t followed me before, I’ll catch you up to speed. Basically, in 2014, after 25 years in the US and an ever-increasing desire to travel the world, I moved abroad to teach ESL. I wasn’t a teacher in the US, so I decided to pursue a CELTA teaching qualification, which helped me find jobs in Turkey, Thailand, and Mexico. This expat life also enabled me to travel to over 60 countries and led me to begin a master’s program in Spain.🌎 ✈️

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mole in Puebla, Mexico
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public transport in Istanbul, Turkey
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wasabi/horseradish KitKats in Japan 😂
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Halloween at Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania, Romania 🧛‍♂️
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volunteering with the Giant Panda in Dujiangyan, China 🐼
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riding a motorbike in Pai, Thailand 🏍️

Well, after over four years of ESL adVentures and countless bucket list items ticked off my list, I was feeling  incredibly accomplished, but also feeling some MAJOR travel fatigue. 😪

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relaxing in India after a serious bout of food poisoning 😴

I had traveled to over 60 countries at that point, and I was a bit overwhelmed by so many experiences. The nomadic lifestyle has so many positives, but some of the downsides would be the lack of stability, the lack of a feeling of connectedness to any one place, and the ever-increasing longing for familiarity and family. Change begins with choice, and in that case, I chose last year to move back home.

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baseball in Wisconsin ⚾

What a year it has been! It provided me the time to self-reflect, connect with family and friends, and really visualize where I’d like to see myself in the future. I’ve realized that I cannot be content without travel in my life. I feel that the open road is calling again. Not everyone has or can understand this wanderlust that I possess, but for those of you that do, you’ll know that it’s something that cannot be tamed. I constantly dream of faraway places, about the excitement of a foreign land, and the potential for a new adventure. After a year of minimal travel, I feel reinvigorated and ready for round two of ESLVentures!

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life lived out of a backpack

Now I’ve always been more of a doer rather than a dreamer. I set goals, make a plan of attack, and aim to achieve. In this case, I’ve made the choice to move abroad again and start a second round with the expat life.

"You must make the choice to take the chance if you want anything in life to change."

I bought a one-way ticket to Spain starting in June, and I plan to spend the summer backpacking through Europe before beginning a new job search overseas. 🇪🇸 👩‍🏫

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vino in Barcelona, Spain

As I absolutely love documenting all of my travels, with blog posts and pictures, of course I’ll be sharing everything with all of you.📷 💜

Until then, I plan to put together a pre-depature post with packing tips and my intended itinerary. I’ll also be taking a spring break trip to the Dominican Republic next month, so stay tuned for some insights on how to travel there on a budget, with relaxation in mind. Lots of exciting things to come! Thanks for following along!

 

8 thoughts on “ESLVentures Round Two: A One-Way Ticket to Adventure

  1. We love how similar our story is. We woke up one day and decided we wanted explore the world. The adventure still continues now and it seems they will continue until we decide to stop it.
    Thanks for sharing, we look forward to reading more about your journey.

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    1. Thanks so much! I love meeting like-minded individuals that have a passion for travel and being outside of their comfort zone. Take care and safe travels!

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