The year 2020 has brought ciaos to every single person's life. Between COVID-19 murdering over 200,000 people in the United States and millions of people worldwide to wildfires, a civil unrest, and bringing attention to child sex trafficking, as well as presidential elections in the United States, this year has been crazy.
With the recent killing of George Floyd, a man who died while being arrested for a counterfeit $20, protests have sparked worldwide. There is a international cry for black and brown individuals and a reform on the criminal justice system. But what does this have to do with traveling?
There is a desire within most of us to connect with our roots. Today DNA testing is rapidly available unlike before. Companies like 23andMe and AncestryDNA make it easy to take a DNA kit test at home and get your results. With accessible testing, it's easy to learn where we come from. But, some people like Lisa Buckner are taking this even farther than just knowing where she came from.
For those of us like me who enjoy traveling the world every second we get, it can be hard to just sit back while the world faces a pandemic. This situation is tragic. It hurts to see so many people loose their income because the world is facing a crises. It hurts to know there are families out their who have a loved one on their death bed who they can't go see because hospitals are limiting visitors at this time and they may not be able to say goodbye. It hurts that there are people stuck in places of the world they were visiting and can't find a flight or way back to their own home and might be running out of vacation money.
Excuse me for a moment, but I am going to get totally vulnerable here!
Life is not always what it seems. Four years ago, I was searching for the woman I am today. Longing to know exactly who she is and what she contributes to this life. My search for self lead me on a journey of travel.
Myths are super fun! I mean, who doesn't love to discuss whether or not the earth is flat or debate about whether bigfoot could be in your backyard. Either way, myths allow us to tip the jar of curiosity and explore the belief that something unusual could be so factual.
We hear it time and time again, "I can't travel there because I don't speak the language", "how will I get around?" The truth is, you don't need to speak the language of EVERY country in the world in order to be a world traveler. You just need to travel and explore. Never allow a language barrier to be the reason you are not traveling the world. Life is too short to hold yourself back from beauty.
Written By: Cienna Richards
In October of 2019, I was scrolling through the web and came across cheap plane tickets to Spain. This was not the first time I had been to Spain on a low price. My first time, I traveled to Madrid in July of 2019. It was a dark time for me, my uncle had just passed away and I needed to leave home to cope with my situation.