Travel is Possible ProvesWorking Class American Samantha
16 March 2017 | Samantha
Name: SamanthaCurrent Age: 30Gender: FemaleNationality: American
Age When First Traveled: 19Time Spent Traveling: 6 yrsCountries Traveled: 17, soon to be 19!Class When 1st left: Working Class
What motivated you to travel on that first trip? Where did you decide to go and why did you choose that place out of all others? My first real trip was when my husband and I decided to move to Japan to teach in April, 2010. Japan chose us more so than we chose it as a friend of ours landed us our jobs. We were living in Canada at the time, pretty broke, barely surviving the loads of snow and decided that we weren’t missing this opportunity. We had the attitude of, “we have nothing better to do” so off we went! What obstacles and fears did you have to overcome to travel that first time? Whether this was just finding a house sitter, figuring out how to save up enough money, or becoming confident enough to travel on your own. This wasn’t just a vacation, this was moving. We had to say goodbye to our families and the western world and say hello to something more foreign than we ever could have imagined. I have a degree in English, so at least I knew going in how to approach the teaching thing. My husband is all business educated so he had a lot of learning to do. The longest flight I had ever been on was maybe 4 hours, so going from that to a 13 hour trans-Pacific ordeal (along with all my belongings) was a huge accomplishment. The biggest fear seems to always be the unknown. We weren’t going somewhere to relax and sightsee, we also had that terrifying fear of starting a new job. Especially a job that neither of us had experience doing. It took at least a month to adjust, but we apparently ended up enjoying our life because we stayed there for a year and then moved to Korea right after that for another 2 ½! (and traveled loads while over there!)
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Who was the most fascinating person you met on the road? What made him/her fascinating and how did you meet him/her? That would be a girl named Sarah from England. She was a part of our friend circle in Korea. She had such a light, airy personality and had a bit of a hippie vibe. She always talked about wanting to be in the circus...and she did! She actually did run away with the circus. After her teaching stint in Korea, she moved to Thailand and joined a fire hula hooping traveling circus and went from town to town. She did this for years. I think she’s back in England now, but she’s now some kind of professional hula hooper performance artist I believe! What is your most treasured travel experience? Why is this one your favourite?
If you could travel anywhere in the world where money wasn’t an issue, where would you be and what would you be doing? In essence, describe your idea of the perfect traveling experience. An over-water bungalow is my #1. Most of my travel wants are in very affordable countries, so those aren’t really an “if” but “when”. Bora Bora or the Maldives (I’m not picky!) are notoriously expensive and seem very out of reach financially. It will happen one day, but I’m just not sure how or when. Ideally, the perfect travel experience would be getting there on a private jet and all things lux. The bungalow on the end with the private pool would be perfect. The Conrad Maldives, perhaps?
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Now that you know traveling is possible for Samantha; do you still think it's not possible for you?