France in 2007!
Arles, France / Menton, France / Madrid, Spain
21: USA, Mexico, Canada, Grand Caymans, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Haiti, France, Italy, Vatican City, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, Norway, Monaco, Belgium, Netherlands, Czech Republic
Buenos Aires, Argentina / Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / all of Iceland / Marfa, Texas, USA / Moraine Lake, Canada / Hong Kong / Ubud, Bali, Indonesia / Mexico City, Mexico / Vienna, Austria / Budapest, Hungary / Pompeii, Italy / Trolltunga, Norway / Taking a Hurtigruten cruise along Norway’s coast / Saint Petersburg, Russia / Melbourne, Australia
English & French!
In 2007, I was barely 16 years old. Aside from some family trips to Mexico and Canada, I had never left the country. Wide-eyed and naive, I boarded a plane solo for France and never looked back. Attending high school in France was one of the best decision of my life. I learned French, made some incredible friends and discovered a completely new way of living. It opened up the world for me, and since then, I’ve never been scared to travel solo.
Walking, then trains!
One of the biggest decisions of someone’s life is where to attend to university. For me, that decision meant choosing between two of my favorite cities: New York and Paris. I chose New York, as it had been my dream to live there since I was a little kid, but to this day, I always wonder how different my life would be if I had chosen Paris.
Fast forward 4 years, and I’ve just graduated college. Ironically, I didn’t study abroad during college but I did take two long-term international trips over the summers. The first was in 2009 to visit France, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany with three of my best friends from high school in France. We visited their hometowns and I saw their countries like a local! The second was a trip to Portugal and France with one of my best friends from New York.
San Pellegrino on a hot day / Mango Juice in the morning / Tinto de Verano in Madrid!
Pasta / Pizza / Paella / Burrata / Eggs Benedict / Enchiladas / Guacamole / Croque Madame
At the end of university, the stars in my eyes had begun to fade. Living in New York was exhausting but I stuck it out for another 2 or so years. After a few tries, I found a job I was really happy at. It required some travel and I was able to attend some of the most prestigious art fairs in the world – visiting places like Basel, Miami, and Paris. At one point, I was on the road for one-month straight in Europe! Yet when I wasn’t traveling, I felt bored. I had explored New York for long enough, and I wanted to do something new. I absolutely loved traveling for work and I knew I had to figure out a way to work and travel at the same time.
Long story short, I did! I found a job that allows me to work from anywhere I have an internet connection, so now, I can plan my own long-term travel without having to worry about my income. I’ve always been interested in visual arts and found photography to be a way for me to express my creativity so that’s how Culture Passport came about.
Thank you for reading my story, and please get in touch, as I’d love to hear yours! :)