Hello Friends! My name is Melody Guillen and this is my travel blog! I am twenty years old as of April 15th. I’m glad you’ve stumbled upon my little website here of Melody Wanders. I have been traveling since I was a wee little thing (I’m still little, I reach my height at about 4 feet and 11 inches) and my parents took me with them through all sorts of different countries and cultures.
When I was in high school and I was preparing for the rest of my life, traveling wasn’t really what I had in mind. I had always loved writing and telling stories since I was a young age and my imagination would go wild. So I always imagined I would go to college, get a degree in English Literature, and get a job as an author or an editor. But things don’t always turn out the way we plan.
Whether we know it or not, somethings are meant to happen because good things are in store. So after one terrible year in college, I decided to take a break to figure myself out. Because I really didn’t know what I wanted to do, I was just doing college because I thought that was what was expected of me. So the break was meant to be temporary but in my heart I knew it would last forever.
So what was I to do? All of my friends were either in school or had serious full time jobs while I remained working as a part time bookseller.
As I mentioned previously, traveling has always been a big part of my life. My parents took me out of school when I was in 2nd grade because my health kept me out of school too much and they thought it would be best. (I did eventually go back to school in the middle of 9th grade.) I’ve gotten many surprised faces when I mention that I was homeschooled for 8 years. My happy and energetic personality was different to the shy personalities that you meet in kids who were homeschooled.
Why was I different? I traveled a lot, my first trip beginning in Rio in exotic Brazil and from there I went everywhere from Canada, Spain, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, Italy and so many more. I met people from all over the world and experienced all different kinds of cultures and foods. It was something that had always made me feel happy. I found comfort in foreign places. You may think that my parents had luxurious amounts of money to make this all possible but my parents used every kind of tip and guide in order to make it work because this was something they loved doing. We would travel to places during off seasons and stay in more local areas and because of it experienced more culturally rich vicinities.
When I began public high school, my family and I could never find time to go anywhere because of theatre shows I took part in and standardized tests I had to take. But in my heart, I felt the absence of the sense of adventure from going somewhere new and the taste of foods from all over the world and laughing with new people.
So there I was, eighteen and confused, trying to figure what I was going to do with the rest of my life. All I knew was that I wanted to travel. So I made a plan; I would save up for year and then begin my travels. Let me tell you trying to save money while having only a part time job can be ridiculously hard.
But on May 1st 2016, I began my travels with not a ton of money but with a need of adventure in my soul. I traveled for months and somehow got some really cool jobs. I got to truly experience the ins and out of big cities and small towns. I also got to really experience beautiful countries and their cultures. I have learned a lot during these travels about life and myself and I’m still learning.
I learned that I don’t have to have my whole life in order right now because I’m young and changing all the time. I learned that I should always follow my heart and do what makes me happy despite what other people expect of me. And I learned to believe in myself, because I am capable of doing anything.
So join me as I recount my funny, heartbreaking and jaw dropping experiences of my travels abroad! With some old and new stories, I’ll tell you my favorite advice and tips that helped me along the way.
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