Traveling makes me so giddy. I always feel like a little kid on Christmas Eve weeks before my departure to whatever new city I am about to explore and devour and soak up. This time it’s worse than ever because I get to go with some of my favorite people, and I’ve never actually been to a foreign country with friends before. It’s even more exciting because I’ll have Albert in tow. He’s never been to Europe, and I’m so thrilled to be the one he experiences his first trip with. I truly can’t wait to see his face when we arrive. Traveling is something I am so passionate about, and it’ll be amazing to experience it with someone I love. I’m secretly hoping he becomes just as obsessed about it so that we can make it a regular occurrence. :)
While very exciting, this upcoming trip also brings up a lot of thoughts regarding my life choices. As someone who is so deeply passionate about travel and who minored in International Studies, I always assumed I would live abroad after college for awhile. My decision to stay in Charleston was largely due to the fact that I love the city, but I’d be lying if I said my long-term, wonderful relationship didn’t play a part in it. As I prep to leave for my third trip to Europe, I’ve been thinking about my decision to stay in Charleston and whether or not it is truly bringing me joy. The answer? Absolutely.
As much as I love exploring new places and trying new things, I also love having a home base. I love getting to come home to Albert and our two cats every evening. This is very cheesy, I realize, but true. I am so lucky to have found someone that I want to build a life with in a city that I love. Not many people are given that option right out of college. Or at all for that matter. And even if it doesn’t work out for some reason? I’ll know I gave it my all, 100%.
So, am I crazy for not gallivanting around the world and instead choosing to settle down in the suburbs of Charleston? Some may think so, but I stand by my decision. Trips like the one I have coming up make it all worth it. I get the best of both worlds. I get to travel and wander and experience new cultures, and then I get to come home. My wonderful home sweet home. With my wonderful man.
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