Author archives: guest

A year full of Travel and void of Regrets

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I have been “home” for a combined total of 14 weeks this past year. I can confidently say that I have friends all over the United States. I have been to places that I never knew existed and I have met people that have changed my life for the better. Most importantly, I have learned so much about myself and about the inspiring world around me. I have been [...]

What living in Sydney taught me about Freedom

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To my big surprise, cultural shock never hit me when I moved to Australia. Back in 2013, at the age of 28 I had the opportunity to move temporarily from my home country, Guatemala, to the cosmopolitan city of Sydney to study a master's degree for almost 2 years. Although I had traveled overseas by myself before, it was my first time actually living abroad. D[...]

What Makes me feel at Home in Colorado?

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Everyone knows that the holidays are typically when you head home. Home means different things to different people; sometimes it doesn't even mean a location, but a group of people. Sometimes it is getting away from people and heading to a place. For me, home has more than one meaning, because I have more than one home. On the one hand it's going to Target w[...]

Montreal: A Love Letter to the City I Left Behind

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There are many cities in the world that have taken hold in my heart. But it all started in Montreal. Montreal is the place where I was born. The place where I grew up. The place where I was a child, a teenager, a young adult and whatever you want to call me now. The place where I loved and was loved. It’s a place where I always felt cherished and that al[...]

Debunking Myths about Female Solo Travel in Abu Dhabi

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One year ago, I started into 2016 with a terrific trek to Hampi and Melukote in Karnataka, and my summer was a beautiful episode spent in the Swiss Alps. Later that year, life gave me a chance to travel solo again. This time around, it was the land of sheikhs and dates, the mystical Abu Dhabi. Though it may seem that travelling and living in a Middle Eas[...]

My Strong but Rocky Relationship with my Hometown

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After three rewarding and enlightening months of traveling around Europe, one backpack, waves of memories and great feelings, I wanted to end my nomadic lifestyle in order to be home for the holidays in December. I come from an island in the Indian Ocean, called Reunion Island. It is undoubtedly beautiful, sunny and laid back, with white sandy beaches tha[...]

The Pros and Cons of Feeling 'At Home'

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'Home' is a concept I think about a lot. It can mean such different things to different people, and it can mean different things to the same person throughout their lifetime. Some people are blessed with the unique ability to feel at home anywhere. These people should count themselves very fortunate, for this doesn't come quite so easily to the rest of us.  [...]

The Meaning of Home when you always Travel

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I come from a small town in the north east of France called Châlons-en-Champagne. I was born and raised there, in the Champagne region. Even though it is what I call HOME, I am sure that you have never heard of it - and that's OK. In a way it is funny for me to talk about HOME. If you would ask my friends and family, they would say I am never home. They a[...]

Why Brussels is the ONE for Me

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When I was a teen, I used to escape the Belgian suburbs by hopping on a train to Brussels. It was the city after all - the city by default. Nevertheless, I held a great deal of prejudice against Brussels, which I thought was definitely too humid and colorless. You see, I was born in Los Angeles but my family moved to my dad’s hometown in Belgium when I was s[...]