As a part of my program at Northeastern University, I will be participating in a cooperative education experience, or co-op, during the spring semester. This means that in just under a month I will be boarding a plane to Belgrade using a one way ticket; I thought it a bit advantageous to plan a departure date six months in advance, especially when I don't know where I will be heading come June.
The next few months are sure to be filled with a multitude of firsts, and they are already beginning. For example, I have never flown anywhere on a one way ticket, nor have I flown internationally entirely by myself. My apartment in Belgrade will be the first lease I sign, and Serbia will be the first foreign country I live in. This will be the longest continuous work experience I have ever had, and subsequently be the longest gap in my academic career since entering school.
This list of firsts doesn't even account for everything I plan to do while abroad; I've been making lists of travel destinations in the region since I accepted the position in October.
It is these firsts that are precisely the reason I created Travel, She Writes. It can be easy to find yourself caught up in life, work, and everything in between and I want to be sure that I take time to appreciate every experience I have in the next sixth months. This blog is a way to keep myself accountable for reflecting on them.
In doing so I hope to enrich my own experience, but to also encourage others to do the same. Traveling is fun no matter how you do it, but I find I enjoy it more when I make an effort to learn about the places I visit and find out why they are the way they are.
One of my chief complaints about todays world, in which information is thrown at us from every angle at all hours of the day, is that people are increasingly apathetic towards the world around them. Few things disappoint me more than this willful ignorance, which is why, through sharing my travels, I hope to get as many people as I can to p a y a t t e n t i o n. They'll be all the better for it.