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life lessons learned traveling, part i

Posted Nov 30 2010 9:38pm

In the words of Elizabeth Gilbert , “Traveling is the great true love of my life.”

Yeah, I’m  25 and single , but I have a feeling that even when I do find myself a manly man to call my own, he will still pale in comparison to the thought of sand surfing the Siwa Oasis in Egypt or bargain shopping the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.

I love the adventure. I love the excitement. I love immersing myself in completely new cultures. I love learning inappropriate terms like “bucket box.” I love taste testing new cuisines. I love the people I meet. Most of all, I love the lessons I learn about myself and about life in the process.

Out of all the places I’ve traveled, I have to say the month I spent in Australia was the funnest of them all. I went with one of my best friends, Diana. We spent half the time volunteering on an environmental restoration project. We spent the other half traveling the eastern coast doing crazy, adventurous and hilariously silly things.

Most importantly, we learned.

A LOT.

Friends who will bow down to you, make sure you don’t do anything stupid on a party bus and are still friends with you after two 20+ hour flights are worth keeping around.

Wrapping a tree to a truck with a plethora of saran wrap makes for a great practical joke.

Covering up a hickey from an Australian cabinetmaker named Bobby O’Brien will cost you an $18 AUD red pashmina from Paddington Market.

The scariest things in life are often the ones most worth doing.

Witnessing something much larger than yourself is humbling, inspiring and just plain cool.

Monkeying around is a necessary part of life, no matter how old you are.

Your name doesn’t have to be Victoria, and you don’t have to have a secret to work what you got.

The key to contentment is inhaling, exhaling and simply taking in the moment.

Doing things you love is worth the money, planning, dedication, attention and time you put into them…and keep putting into them.

What are YOU passionate about?

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Don’t forget to donate and help Brandi + I raise money for Jovenes en Camino , an orphanage in Honduras for abused, homeless and orphaned children. Tis’ the season!

Also, you have until Thursday to enter my giveaway for a Flip UltraHD video cam!

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