By Karlie Marrazzo
Welcome to my travel blog. I’ve been traveling as much as I can over the past four and a half years. It’s all I think about, almost all I talk about, and it fills my dreams almost every night. Yet starting this blog is a big step for me.
I didn’t leave my home country, Canada, until I was 22 years old, and I didn’t even set foot on an airplane until I was 21.
In the past four and a half years, I’ve been lucky enough to visit our neighbour to the south several times. I’ve had relaxing Caribbean vacations. I’ve visited my ancestral country and my favourite country, Italy, twice (and counting…), hiked the Great Wall of China, fallen in love with Havana, and visited several European countries. I say I’ve been lucky to visit all these wonderful places, and I have, but traveling also requires a lot of planning, a lot of saving, and a little anxiety, too.
Travel is addictive. The itch is never scratched. The more places I visit, whether mega cities across the world or small towns in my own province, the more places I add to my list.
On my 25th birthday, I set a goal for myself to travel to at least 30 countries by the time I turn 30 in May 2015. It’s still almost unbelievable to me that I’ve visited 16 countries in such a relatively short time, and traveled quite a bit around my own country, too. As of now, March 2013, I have just over 26 months to achieve that goal.
In some ways I’m an unlikely traveler. I’m terrified of flying! I prefer a cozy train car over a flying metal tube, and I always carry my good luck charms with me. I’m attached to my family and friends. I have two cats that I love immensely and it’s hard to leave them behind. I’m very lucky that my dad and in-laws take great care of them when I’m away. I get incredibly homesick for the little things – my house, my couch, comfort food, regular sized showers. But there are so many fantastic and intriguing places, people and experiences in this wide world that I know are just waiting for me. My couch will always be there when I get back.
I don’t have a trip planned until me and my husband, Dave, go to Iceland in June for 10 days, so until that time I will share some of my favourite stories of travels past with you, as well as some of my experiences planning upcoming trips. I hope you like them, too!