I almost felt as if I had this force field deep inside me, waiting to erupt. It was becoming so nagging that if I didn’t exert this energy somewhere I was about to seriously go crazy. This is how I describe my burning desire to travel the world and the feeling I felt everyday walking into my waitressing job.
I want to travel back in time to the experience that gave birth to my travel bug. It all happened during the year of 2005. It was my last semester of high school, and spending four months in Paraguay, South America was an opportunity offered by my school as an co-op program in exchange for six credits. I was 17 years old, and boarding my first plane without my parents to a foreign land called Paraguay.
One of my favourite things to do when I first arrive in a new place, is drop my bags somewhere safe and go on a no time restraint, no specific direction, no plans, kind of walk. I let my senses guide me in the direction of excitement and adventure. I stop and chat to people I meet along the way, take in my surroundings, and test my willingness to try new things.
The first week in November 2011 sees the number of trips listed on Globetrooper by travelers seeking travel partners top 1000 unique trip proposals and ideas.
Adventurer travelers and vacationers use Globetrooper to meet and network with like minded explorers.
Using the trip creation wizard a user may create a unique trip idea or elect to join an existing trip.
Following on from this users ( or Globetroopers ) utilize the social networking tools within the site such as following trips, private messaging and conventional email to arrange meet ups, plan trips and bring travel ideas to fruition.
Deciding to quit your job, pack your bags and say goodbye to a world that is so familiar may seem like the hard part about traveling. At least, that’s what I thought. Little did I know, returning home would be one of the most difficult experiences of my life.