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Danielle Williams

2015 was one of the most spontaneous, exciting years of my life. From five trips to Florida to a road trip to Montreal for the Women’s World Cup (above: United States taking a 1-0 lead against Germany in the semi-finals) to graduating college. I had life-changing experiences and memorable moments that will impact me for years to come.
Despite moving back into my childhood home and visiting Florida on five separate occasions, I never felt more alive than when I purchased two tickets to the Women’s World Cup on a whim. There’s no better feeling than dropping all responsibility and getting out of your comfort zone.

Montreal isn’t on the opposite side of the world; it was only a six hour car drive. However, the road signs are not in English and the culture is very different from the NYC-area. It was a rush to leave my life behind, even if it was only for 24 hours.

My sister, one of my best friends and I got lost going back to our hotel after the game and laughed our way through a taste test of candy you can’t find in the U.S. We packed up a few essentials and explored a different part of the world for just a day. Some people thought we were crazy while others followed suit and purchased their own last-minute tickets.

It saddens me to think that these days will soon be gone. In no time, I will have children holding me back from dropping everything and going on a weekend trip. I might have a job that I can’t leave behind with little to no notice. Life will eventually hold me back from spontaneous bookings, and I’m not ready for that yet. I have too many trips planned and too many things to learn about myself.

Booking a trip to an unfamiliar place without any planning or warning is the most fulfilling feeling. Once you book everything, you have no choice but to roll with the punches. With that, you’ll learn a lot about yourself. That’s the most important part of traveling, in my opinion–not learning about other people, but learning about your purpose in this world. What better time to learn than in your 20’s?

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