Just another girl trying to find her place . . . all over the world.

How I Decided To Travel Around the World


Deciding to travel around the world was not an easy decision to make.  With all the pressures that are put on young people to go to college/university to get a proper education gets so unbearable at times, you forget to take into account what you want.

To be honest, I didn’t want to go to university last year when the decisions were being made, I wanted to travel.  I wanted to find out who I was before finding out who I wanted to become (cheesy, I know).  It was hard for me to give in to what everyone wanted me to do but I did it.  If they wanted me to go to university, I would go… But I would move to the other side of the country to do so.  So that’s what I did: I traveled to Nanaimo, British Columbia from Toronto, Ontario to go to university.

I enjoyed it but I still felt like this isn’t what I wanted to do.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved the experience and am grateful for the life-long friends I made but I continued to feel like I was made for something more.

I’m not one of those people that have high marks (God knows how I got into university) or am over talented at certain things.  My hobbies and passions are so varied that there is no way for me to make  a career out of any of them.  I only knew one thing: I wanted a career where I can help people, no matter what the pay is.  I desire to travel continued throughout the whole year.

The question became: How could I travel while still trying to figure out what I wanted to do?

The answer: Volunteer.

Sure, it’s not what everyone wants to do, but it would be what I want.  My family and friends aren’t arguing because they think it would be good work experience as well.

There are a lot of other life problems that were considered with this too, it’s not just me not knowing what to do with my life.  But that’s for another day.


Author: Nicole Rae

20 year old girl who went cross-country to university only to wind up hating it, came back home to rediscover her love for books.

5 thoughts on “How I Decided To Travel Around the World

  1. I don’t know if you already looked into the volunteering plan? I am going to volunteer in Iceland myself, and in my search I came across some sites that could help you;;;; I have no experience using this sites yet but I think they are trustworthy. I love it that you’re starting in Iceland, you couldn’t have picked a better place 🙂

    • I’ve only looked into it a little bit so not too much. I herd about wwoof and I definitely think I’ll try that! I haven’t heard of the other ones but thanks for posting them, I’ll definitely check them out. 🙂

  2. I can totally relate to how you feel. Growing up It was always expected that after high school I would go to college, but when it finally came down to it I wasn’t excited. I didn’t want to go to college. I was done with going to school, I wanted to see the world! I think what you’re doing is amazing!!

  3. Sometimes not knowing what to do freezes you in fear. Don’t be afraid! Take a stab at the option that you’ll consider best, and have no regrets. In your case, it would be travelling around the world, and volunteer. Do your research well, and pick out organizations whose cause you really believe in and whose work is in line with what you see yourself doing in the future 🙂

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