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Finding Adventure

Sometimes in life, you just need a chance to escape the ordinary; to stretch your wings and experience something new.  I’m about to embark on just that.

For the last few months, I’ve been questioning what exactly I’ve been doing.  I packed up my apartment and left Chicago.  Originally, I planned to find an apartment in New York City as quickly as I possibly could.  If any of you out there have ever attempted to find an apartment in NYC, then you know how difficult that can be.  To make matters worse, I had left behind a 900 square foot apartment in Chicago; so all the New York apartments were a bit of a shock for me.

That left me in limbo.  And after sitting that way for a bit, I came to a realization; I’m not paying rent, I have no true responsibilities holding me back right now – how often in your life does that happen?  I have my wonderful pup, but she’s really just thrilled to be with my parents.  At 28 I think it’s safe to say that there won’t be many more chances to go on an adventure and leave the “real world” behind.

That being said, I decided to plan a trip.  It came about fairly last minute, and took countless hours.  I lost a lot of sleep to thoughts of itineraries and flights.  I poured over maps, and scoured the internet for the best deals I could find.  Hunting for the most incredible, obscure, and magical places became a game of sorts.  At this point, I could probably recite the tour guides I devoured verbatim.

Here’s the result of my work:

4 Countries (and 1 Principality)
6 Plane Flights
2 Train Rides
4 Car Rentals
15 Hotels
1 Airbnb
7 Weeks from beginning to End

This trip is sure to be a whirlwind; stuffed to the brim with early mornings and even later nights.  I’m trying desperately to push myself outside of my comfort zone, to do at least one thing each day that scares me.  I should probably mention that the most nail biting part of this entire trip is that I’m going entirely on my own!  Perhaps I’m a bit nuts for doing this – but I can assure you I have never been more excited in my life.

I leave in less than a week, which means tons and tons of packing between now and then.  I’ll be on insta stories the whole trip, so follow along on my adventures! @lanalise

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