I don't mean to, but the snowy weather gives way to a temporary thaw each January, and brings with it the smallest hope of spring.
So, with spring on the mind, my brain starts thinking of warmer weather, and I catch it.
The travel bug.
In case you don't know, one of my life's ambitions is to travel. The only thing is, I don't have a lot of means to do so. It's either not having enough money or not having the people with money to go traveling with. Actually, it's almost always just the latter.
The other day as I was cleaning my atrociously messy room, I don't know how I caught it, but I did. Suddenly, putting away clean clothes was abandoned and I was at my laptop, searching for study abroad programs. To my dismay, I found out that I just barely missed the deadline to apply for fall study abroad by about a week. Summer programs are still open, but they cost up to $5,000. I don't have that. Even after student loans, I still come up short.
I hate money.
Will I let this get the best of me? Only to a certain extent. I still plan to travel somewhere this summer. Whether it's just the Grand Canyon, or Canada, I will go.
My bucket traveling list (I was going to put "My traveling bucket list" but that just sounds silly):
- Scotland. Being of Scottish heritage, and a huge family history geek, I really really want to visit this place and do some genealogy. And also see the Loch Ness Monster.
- New York City. Who doesn't want to visit the Big Apple one day?
- The Deep South. Aside from the people with cool accents, I want to do genealogy and see the quaint old mansions.
- New England in the Fall.
- Washington, D.C. There is so much history! I've always regretted not going with people from my high school when they went.
- Europe. That is far too vague.
- England--The Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, medieval towns, Jane Austen, the Beatles, Stone Henge.
- Germany. Not only do I have a friend there, but after five years of studying the language in grade school (and then forgetting the bulk of what I learned), I've developed a deep appreciation for the culture.
- Italy. The whole lot of it. History, food, vespas, hot Italian men....
- Greece. That island where Alexis Bledel stays where all the buildings are white looks so gorgeous. Just keep me away from the riots, please.
- Spain. For the giant tomato fight they hold each year.
- India. If Bollywood is any indication, the Indian people know how to party!
- Hawaii. Everyone says they want to go there, so I am loath to put it on my list. However, in the end, I'm just like the rest of them, because I want to go there, too.
- Argentina. I was watching this travel show once, and they went to this community in Argentina where all the people spoke Welsh. It seems like such a cool country, where random European pockets exist. And Evita is buried. ("Don't cry for me, Ar-gen-tee-nah...")
- I want to travel around Central America and Mexico where all the ruins are, like on a Book of Mormon tour. I hear those are really good.
- Sorry that Asia and Africa don't really meet this list.
- Australia!!!! Down unduh.
- New Zealand. I never really considered this small country, until my cousin, who is obsessed with sheep, told me all about it. Now I'm sold on the idea. Plus there are all those Lord of the Rings sites. I want to walk around asking where all the Hobbitses have gone.
- Dubai. It's such a cool city, built entirely by rich oil barons. There are manmade islands in the shape of Earth's continents.
- And last, but certainly not least on this list, is Canada. For they have Tim Hortons donuts and the world's largest mall.