I have a confession to make: I have a serious case of wanderlust. That probably wouldn’t come as a surprise to you if you’ve stuck with my blog for quite some time now (sending virtual hugs your way if you have!). If you’re new on this blog, I love you already and I encourage you to check out my travel posts here as a backup evidence of what I just said.
When I was a few years younger, while working part-time at my uncle’s company, I used to plan itineraries to the places I wanted to go to during my free time. Why? Just because I wanted to. Well – scratch that – I did it because, in my mind, I knew I was going to visit them. The way I saw it back then and even until now, if we just believed in our dreams enough, they will come true no matter what.
And without a doubt, they did.
Also, I must have done something right for God to give me a bonus – that is, my dreams came true even when I am still 19 years old. At such a young age, I had the chance to step in ten countries all in one year. If I didn’t take the risk in sending that application for a student exchange program (which I almost did not because of financial and emotional matters) and if it wasn’t for the incomparable support of my Mom, I wouldn’t have done it. I wouldn’t have been here drafting this blog post in the library of my exchange university here in Italy.
So, my loves, I am humbly presenting you the list of the ten countries I have went to last year. Just to be clear, in some of these countries, I have just spent a day or less. Nevertheless, the important thing for me is that I have already seized the opportunity that I am on the European continent, where different countries may just be a bus ride away.
Attached to this post – even if not visibly – is my deep longing to inspire you, whoever you are reading this now, to stop looking at your horizons and start moving beyond them now. It’s 2018, a new year, and it’s the universe’s way of overlooking everything there was in the past – except the lessons – and telling you that it’s YOUR time. Your time to either start anew or continue on the path that you’ve already made for yourself. It’s the universe’s way of handing you new chances and opening new doors just for you. It’s the universe’s way of saying, “Hey, look, the world is just waiting for you to seize it.”
I hope you have your ears and eyes open. I hope you’ll start listening and realize that you have what it takes to conquer the world.Click To Tweet
10 countries I visited in 2017
It was my first time going abroad and although it felt much like home, this Hongkong skyline captivated me.
Germany hasn’t been my favorite city but its churches and culture did make a mark on me. Their Christmas markets are to die for though!
At some point, I realized deep in my heart that, after everything I experienced here, Italy is and will always be my second home.
I went here and planned to see it for a day. After all, it’s the smallest state in the world. But I loved it so much that I knew I had to go back. And so I did.
Of course, there’s more to see in Austria than just Innsbruck. I swear, I’ll be back for Vienna and Salzburg and will possibly remake The Sound of Music, too! 😂
Oh my beautiful, beautiful Amsterdam. I have no other words except, as McArthur stated it: “I shall [definitely] return.”
I honestly underestimated Strasbourg but I ended up thanking my friend for dragging me into this beautiful town. And Paris – I’m afraid that, if I start telling you how much I love this city, I may not be able to stop.
Here’s to the city where I spent my first night partying and a little tipsy. And here’s to the city whose hustle and accent made it so heartbreaking for me to leave.
I believe that this city is beautiful at daytime but I feel like its soul is more alive at night. I’m more than happy and blessed to welcome 2018 here.
Happy New Year, loves! I am wishing you all the best in the world. You might not believe it but I am praying for all of you. It doesn’t matter if I know you personally or not. Know that I am here – believing in you… and your dreams.
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