Contemplations of a daydreaming traveler

Have you ever wanted to just pack up everything and travel the world? I know I have. There are so many places around the world that I would love to go to, but simply do not have the time or money. With the next few years of my life taken up with school, a career, and hopefully a family, I probably will not be able to drop everything and leave at my own will. That is, unless I want to drop out of college, quit my job, or wait until my family is out of the house. I can almost feel the warm sun and sand as I relax on a secluded beach in the Caribbean or South Pacific. Oh, and the view from the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France at night is simply spectacular, or so I’ve heard. I would also love to see at least one part of every continent, even including Antarctica. I often dream about leaving and doing what I love: traveling. Although I may never be able to travel the world like I would love to, I am still very grateful for the places I have been able to go to. Nearly four years ago, I was able to spend two weeks in Quito, Ecuador. Living a week in the heart of an Ecuadorian jungle with a remote Indian tribe, riding on a zip-line between mountains, and witnessing at the capitol building to begging children were all experiences I will not and cannot ever forget. One year ago, I went to Alaska for two weeks. The sun was up from four am until midnight, which definitely took some getting used to. I climbed glaciers, went fishing for 45-pound King Salmon, rode on a cruise, and saw too many kinds of wildlife to count. This trip was amazing and I long to go back into the “Last Frontier.” This summer, I traveled to Virginia for one week with my younger sister, Heather Loewen. We saw and met many friends, went to the beach for the first time, dominated roller coasters, and went sightseeing. We were able to visit Washington, D.C. and many local historical sites located right where this country began. I have also traveled to many places around the Mid-West and flew to Mexico with my family when I was two years old. I don’t remember anything from my trip to Mexico, although I wish I could. Although I have traveled to many places from New Mexico to Ohio and Nebraska to Texas, I long to go to many more sites across America and the world. I am also really looking forward to going to Orlando, Florida at the end of October with the Crusader staff. I cannot wait until I am able to travel the world and experience things I have never been able to before. If I could find somewhere that would pay me to just travel and be a tourist around the world, I would probably go in a heartbeat. Until then, I have to focus on school and leave traveling the world to my daydreams.