Thailand and Last Minute Travel Nerves

Traveling is exciting, but it can be nerve wracking too, especially as a trip gets closer and becomes more real. As I write this, im sitting in an airport in Raleigh about to board the first of three flights as I make my way to Thailand. I am so unbelievably excited, but I’m so incredibly nervous too. 

Stepping out of your home, your comfort zone, into something unknown is always a bit scary. There’s so many things that could go wrong. There’s so much to anticipate. But that’s ok. That what makes it all so exciting. 

If you’re feeling nervous before a big trip, just remind yourself of what inspired you to go there to begin with. Embrace the unexpected and get excited. Chances are many tourists have visited this place before you have, and they’ve all loved it. All will be well, and you’re going to have the adventure of your life. You’ve made it this far. You’ve taken the big leap in deciding to do this trip, now do it and don’t look back. Happy travels!

If you want to keep up with my travels in Thailand, stay posted on my blog and also follow me on Instagram @mikala_whitaker. 

Have you ever felt some nerves before traveling? What made you feel better about it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!


How to Save Money for Travel

Traveling is expensive, whether you stay in hostels or not. Further more, life is expensive, which is something that I’m coming to understand more and more as I’m about to graduate from college and enter the real world. In my previous posts, I’ve written about why now is the time to travel and how you can spend less by staying in hostels. But now might be difficult for you financially, even if you cut down on travel costs with hostels. This is something that I myself am coming more to terms with as I think to myself, How am I even going to even afford rent?Read More »

Hasta Luego

My roommate Hannah, my host mom and me on our last day together in Sevilla

Here are some of my thoughts from leaving Sevilla, a week ago, and then from finally leaving Spain, today, from Madrid.

Today I’m sitting in the Sevilla airport waiting for my flight. It’s just like any other weekend for me, as I’ve flown in and out of this airport a number of times in the past four months. Only this time, I won’t be coming back in just a few short days. I won’t be coming back to Sevilla, not at least until a long time from now – who knows when.

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Welcome to my brand new travel blog! I’m so incredibly excited for the journey that I hope to take with this blog as I explore the world. I created this blog in anticipation for my move to Kansas City this summer and then for an even bigger move to Sevilla, Spain in the fall for study abroad.

I hope that you find my posts helpful as I share with you my travel experiences and tips, and I hope that you find my posts inspire you to travel, whether near or far, to see just one more small piece of the world. The world is a big place with so many things to see, and I want to see as many of them as I can. As Saint Augustine once said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”

Thanks for joining me on this journey.