“It is always good to explore the stuff you don’t agree with, to try and understand a different lifestyle or foreign worldview. I like to be challenged in that way, and always end up learning something I didn’t know.”– Laura Linney
Traveling opens your eyes to new cultures, beliefs, opinions, and most of all people. Above is a map of all the places I have traveled. Blue locations are school trips, red are family vacations, yellow are places I traveled to alone or with friends, and the black are where I’ve lived.
The map clearly shows that I’ve traveled more in Asia and Europe than anywhere else. From the age 7-18 I lived in Shanghai, China. I traveled throughout Asia during all of the holidays, except summer. During the summer I would go to Europe and travel there. I was born in Germany and lived there until I was 7 years old. However, I am a Dutch citizen. I’ve never lived in The Netherlands, but that is, technically, where I am from.
I am fortunate enough to go to university in the United States. I chose the U.S. to go to college, because I wanted to go somewhere I had never been before. I wanted to jump into a culture and country where I didn’t know anyone and fully immerse myself in the experience.