Arushi Sachan, February 2017
If there is anything that consumes me, it is the thought of being far away, somewhere in another part of this globe. Ever since I could remember, I’d stare at maps for hours thinking about how the earth was formed, how the the lines dividing the countries came into being, how even though such phenomenal changes are still occurring, the earth is only a really tiny part of this humungous Universe. If this doesn’t make you believe in something, I don’t know what does.
Dreamy yet organized as I am, I created a travel bucket list for this year. I am about to share it with you and also tell you ways I am going to make them a reality.
My Travel Bucket List 2017:
Hike the Appalachian Trail in USA
Last Fall, life took a toll on me and it all got too much. I realized that I needed a break. I have never stayed in a school for over two years, and since the third year of my college began last year, I felt a certain kind of suffocation and the need to get away.
I decided to hike the Appalachian Trail from July-August 2017. Not only did I know that working toward it would help me get back on track with life, I also felt a calling to write endlessly throughout the hike- fill up empty journals.
The Roman Colosseum in Italy
The news of the 20-year-old who travelled the entire world in the least amount of time, inspired me to create the first list of my own. To be very realistic, I aimed at doing the 7 wonders before I turn 35. However, something tells me that my impulse will drive me see all 7 of them way before the age.
I will be in Milan, Italy for a fashion course during June, and so I thought why don’t I get lost amongst the world’s most historically prevalent and beautiful art structures. The Roman Colosseum for instance, which is one of the seven wonders of the world.
Zip line in New Zealand
Come December I want to travel to New Zealand and zip line over the vast wilderness. I could hopefully hike a lot as well. I will be taking an entire semester of college off this fall, and will apply to a bunch of travel writing jobs to live the life of a nomad that I am. I hope to save enough money to be able to make this trip solo, this December.
If my budget permits, I will skydive too.
Scuba Dive in Cambodia
A week ago, my mom told me that there is a marriage our family has to attend in Cambodia during summer for about a week or so. How was I to turn down her offer! As of last Thursday, I finished my final scuba dive lesson at PADI Harrisonburg, and I instantly began to picture myself scuba diving in the Secret Garden or even the Rocky Bay when my mom mentioned Cambodia.
South East Asia’s beautiful water bodies thrill me and it sucked that over the last year I travelled to Thailand and Indonesia and yet wasn’t able to dive in those serene oceans. That won’t happen anymore.
Sing Songs at Karaoke in Japan
Japan has always been high on my list because of their strong cultural traditions. My best friend from high school is from Japan and is currently studying there in Sophia University. Her humble and hardworking attitude had always intrigued me and I knew that I wanted to explore their culture first hand. I wanted to not just know, but also get a sense of why Japan is so technologically advanced.
Japan was a trip planned for December 2016, but spontaneous as we are, my family ended up picking Indonesia in the last minute. While I’m all excited to see Mount Fuji and ride the Shinkansen, it has always been my deepest desire to sing out loud at a Karaoke place preferably when I’m really drunk – and Japan is said to have some of the world’s most famous ones!
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TRAVEL W/ ARUSHI: Feb 26-Mar 4
•Sun, Feb 26th: Overview
•Mon, Feb 27th: Being an International Student in the US
•Tues, Feb 28th: My 2017 Travel Bucket List
•Wed, March 1st: Tips to survive a long haul flight
•Thurs, March 2nd: Advantages of Traveling Solo
•Fri, March 3rd: Budget Traveling Tips