Three years ago I was stuck in a dead-end job that was giving me terrible anxiety and was so stressful I didn’t want to get up in the morning. Not only that but I was so painfully shy I wouldn’t talk to people who I didn’t know and to add to that I had absolutely zero confidence. So I was in desperate need for a change and big one.
When I was 16 and in college, someone came in and told us about a program called AuPair in America. I knew I liked the sound of the program from that day and I went home that day and told my parents I wanted to go to America. 16 was too young for me to go and I knew that. So I waited a few years got a job I hated , which actually turned out to help when I was applying for the AuPair program (at least it turned out to be good for something) and just carried on with my everyday life. I wanted and needed a way out from the normal and now I had just turned 21 and it seemed like the perfect time to follow my dream of going to America.
In September 2014 I packed my bags and moved over 3000 miles away from home in England to my new home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There is no way I can deny how nervous I was and a lot of people I knew including family, friends and work colleagues thought I wouldn’t actually go or even stick it out. With so many people doubting me I was determined that I was going prove them all wrong.
And prove them wrong I certainly did. I ended up staying in Philadelphia for 2 years until my visa expired, and my visa expiring was the only reason I came back to England. While I was there I made some the best friends I will ever have, traveled to so many different states and cities, had lots of fun adventures and my confidence grew so much that I will talk to anyone and everyone now so much so that I am traveling to Bali by myself, to go on an Island hopping trip with people I’ve never met. I certainly did catch the travel bug while I was away and now I’m constantly dreaming of new place to go and explore.
Traveling gave me what I always wanted but thought I would never have, which was to have confidence. Traveling and moving to a new country has changed me in ways I never thought it would. I know it sounds cheesy but I truly did find myself on my adventures! If you where thinking about getting out of your comfort zone and going travelling I would definitely recommend it, it was the best thing I have ever done!