What would you do with 2 Tickets to Anywhere in the World?
I never thought even in my wildest dreams I would have the chance to answer this question.
But on the afternoon of Oct. 1st, I got the call from Tripping and was informed that I had just won the photo contest and 2 tickets to anywhere in the world!
The first thing that came to my mind was “HOLY $%^@*#!”
After the news sunk in, I took in a deep breath and began having flashes of the people who supported me run through my mind. Typically, the next thing my mind would focus on is places, sites, and world monuments I could choose from. Instead, I started to think about my mom.
Throughout my life, I’ve always followed my heart and passion for what I want to do, but I’ve only been able to do so because of the love and support of my parents. While trying to win Tripping’s 2 Ticket to Anywhere contest, I counted on the one person that always believed and supported me: my mom.
In addition to voting for my photo daily, she rounded up groups of her friends to vote with her. She even taught my grandparents how to use the computer so that they could vote. She reached out to long-lost family members and somehow got them to vote everyday as well. My mom is such a super woman and I’m so thankful for everything she has done.
Although I’ve always taken advantage of every opportunity to travel and explore the world – 6 continents and 30 countries to date – I did not want to accept the prize just to add a +1 to my list of countries visited. I wanted to give the opportunity to travel to my parents, especially my mom.
“You live a very different life from when I was your age…” are what my parents and grandparents remind me.
When I first started to travel, they were bewildered by my choice to explore the world rather than walk down the traditional lifestyle path that most people my age generally chose.
Cultural and personal development or the corporate ladder? Cultural and personal development.
Save money for a new car or next trip? Trip please!
Find a job locally or internationally? My work abroad year in Paris was one of the best experiences of my life!
It took awhile but my parents began to understand the decisions I was making and their bewilderedness turned into fascination and inspiration towards my ambitions to live life to its fullest through travel. They even thought about traveling more themselves. Unfortunately, time, financial and family obligations have prevented them from doing so.
In recent years, I’ve wanted to give back to my parents for their love and support.
Thanks to Tripping and all of the amazing support of my family, friends and the travel community, I will finally be able to give my parents the same opportunity they’ve always given me. I will take them on a journey with me to Anywhere in the World!
The next step is to determine where we will travel.
For two people who haven’t traveled internationally in a while, you can imagine the difficulty of this decision. For me, it doesn’t really matter where we go. The most important thing is being able to share this experience with my parents.
If you had a ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?