"I’ve never really told my family about my passion for travel as I don’t think they would understand. My parents still see me as a little girl, not as a grown woman."
Hi, my name is Ana , I’m from Romania. I‘m 35-years old and I’ve been traveling on my own for 6 years. One night, after dreaming about it for many years, I started traveling. Since then I have visited 16 countries on my own and am currently preparing for my next trip.
I live a pretty ordinary life. I’m a single woman, I work at an insurance company from 8am to 5pm, I have a mortgage loan and despite that I have no reason to stay at home and miss out on the opportunity to fulfill my dream - to see as much of the world as I can. I love to travel, I ‘m addicted to it. I love going to places that my friends think aren’t worth seeing or are too afraid to go to.
Each country I’ve been to has taught me something new about myself. I’ve experienced many different situations that showed me that I’m stronger than I ever knew and that I have the courage to stand up for myself and others.
If I would have to make a list of countries that I like most, I couldn’t judge them by the cities I’ve visited but by the experiences and adventures I’ve had, and the lessons I’ve learned.
I will share a few stories with you below as an example:
Since I’ve started traveling, I get quite annoyed with some of the questions that my friends and co-workers ask me. Especially: Aren’t you afraid to travel on your own? And my answer is always: Why should I be afraid? I’ve heard this question so many times. I’m really sick of it.
When you travel alone you do have to establish a few rules for yourself: don’t be out too late in dangerous areas or too far away from your hostel/ hotel, eat only in busy places because this is usually a sign that the food is good, be aware of who you talk to, if you get lost in a city ask trustworthy people (e.g. police officers) for help, etc. I am cautious but I am not afraid.
Right now I am preparing for my next adventure. I’m planning to go to Finland, Russia and Estonia in June and I can’t wait to see what it will be like over there.
You know what the beauty is about my travels? Traveling is something that belongs to me alone. It’s something I am really passionate about and something I do for myself. My family doesn’t know anything about my travels. I’ve never really told my family about my passion for travel as I don’t think they would understand. My parents still see me as a little girl, not as a grown woman.
While I’m writing this story, I realise for the first time that I am using the word “woman” when talking about myself.
Since I’ve started traveling, I’ve developed so much and have changed from a girl into a woman. A woman who isn’t dreaming about things like shoes, bags, jewelry, men or marriage. My dream is to see the world and I’m only just getting started!
P.S. Last night I dreamed about being on an island so I’ll put this on my list. Stay tuned! ;)
Author - Ana Pascu
I'm currently working in an office day job. But if I got offered a job that required me to travel I wouldn't hesitate to leave it all behind and go.
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