Traveling always seemed impossible to me - the costs of flights, food, accommodation, local transportation, and activities just seemed to add up quickly, and I never understood how people could do it long-term, or at all. Then I went abroad for the first time, and I started learning the tricks of the trade. Traveling is one of those things that you just have to do once - one time is all it takes for you to get hooked and to realize that it’s actually much more possible than you ever dreamed!
Of course, I have made my fair share of mistakes - I’ve been caught in those terrible “tourist traps” and over-paid for attractions, I’ve spent double the price on transportation tickets by neglecting to do my research ahead of time, and I’ve wasted money by eating meals right in the most touristy part of the city (where there is both the most expensive and worst quality food!) But like anything, I’ve learned from my mistakes, and continue to do so.
First thing’s first. Exploring a new country doesn’t begin until you, well, get there…
So how can you avoid those outrageous international flight prices?
One of the many benefits of traveling is eating the local cuisine. Before I first moved to Honduras, I was an extremely picky eater - I wouldn’t eat sushi, any kind of seafood, and definitely not something like horse or squid ink risotto. Thankfully that has changed, and I have gotten to taste my way through multiple continents. Here are a few of my favorites:
I believe in God's grace through Jesus. I love to learn, in a variety of contexts - reading God's Word, interacting with people from diverse backgrounds around the world, and as a student of Linguistics and Foreign Languages at Western Washington University. Pages of My Passport is dedicated to sharing this journey of learning through written and visual content.