"Unfortunately, life had plans for me that did not involve taking a single footstep in my hiking boots."
"I never questioned whether it was meant to be - I knew instantly I’d keep the baby, but I felt so alone and scared."
"To me, Japan is a country of convenience, politeness, discipline and gorgeous landscapes. It’s the country where napping on the train during the commute is perfectly normal. It’s home to the most polite and helpful people I have ever encountered."
”To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” - Oscar Wilde
"The urban legend claims that for higher houses you need to make a more significant offering. No, it’s not two fetuses. It’s also not a grown llama. Brace yourselves; it’s a human."
"Over the next couple of days, it didn’t get any easier, but I learned to love the challenge and accomplishment. Each night coming to camp I felt proud of myself for making it, and that sense of accomplishment kept me going."
We have a proverb in Romania that says: “Even drunk people have their own God.”
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'" - Eleanor Roosevelt
"Living in a place that was away from the hustle and bustle of the usual tourist spots gave me a greater insight into the Ecuadorian way of life."
"If anything can save the world, I’d put my money on beauty." - Douglas Tompkins
“Knowing that you will never have another day like this, in this company, at this place—it makes it all that much more intense and valuable.”
“They made me feel at home, and I always felt like I was able to give my love to them in return. Love is not something that you keep to yourself. It is something that you share with others.”
"The value of a trip should be measured by the experiences you've made and the lessons you've learned, not by the amount of money you spent."
“I dream of other roads in other lands. Of another home.” - Samuel Beckett
"We act as if it is normal to say “I am busy” every time somebody asks us how we are."
"The next morning JP told me we would be climbing several 450 meter hills over the next three days. 'I thought the coast would be more coasty,' I thought, as panic and dread set in."
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” - Mae West
"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."
“But it turned out that she sent me far enough away and often enough that I became aware of what the vast world had to offer me even if my immediate world seemed so small.”
“Not only does it bring you out of your comfort zone, but it challenges you in a way that will make you stronger, wiser, and more understanding of the world and other people.”
“If we tried to do everything our way, we wouldn’t be doing much here, so we are embracing it as much as possible.”
“At this point, I was desperate for money, so I started working in the hostel for free accommodation and took on any other jobs I could get.”
"I had never visited a communist country before Cuba, and the reality check was unavoidable."
“A faint glow emerged on the horizon, a welcome change from the blackness of the night. Slowly, the landscape lit up. Never had I been happier to see the sunrise. Tears pricked my eyes and a warm glow flooded my body. I was so proud of myself for making it this far. But I still had a long way to go."
"This cyclone of self-guilt leads me down all of the other times I’ve made similar decisions; charging into environments without maybe fully appreciating the circumstances until completely immersed without any way to back out. The first thing that jumps out at me is something that has shadowed my life over the past 7 years."
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