This feels a little strange to be writing something personal on my blog as most of the topics are nerdy in nature but a few really good friends of mine and the most beautiful woman in the world are participating in a link up with the topic of “dreams”. Here is my entry:
When I think of the topic ‘Dreams’, I think of my first backpacking trip down under. There isnt any single thing I have done in my life that has changed me more as a person than traveling to oz andÂ aotearoa almost 8 years ago did. Up to that point, the only foreign country I had been to was Canada. IÂ had notÂ truly seen the US from outside of its borders. The different news stations, accents, and points of view really challenged everything I had known up to that point in my life. I grew, changed, and matured (?), becoming a ‘citizen of the world’ instead of from one nation.
Having the luxury of graduating from college without loans afforded me theÂ opportunityÂ to essentially have an open ended ticket. (Well I pushed out my return date 3x whilst away.) I was able to travel by myself, with some really good friends from back home, and with new friends that I had met while on the road. I hiked through beautiful national parks, hitchhiked across the south island, bartended in Queenstown, flung myself out of a plane, and worked on a 20,000 hectare farmÂ amongstÂ hundreds of other experiences. (Including the infamous ‘A Spiders Tale‘)
At the heart of all these experiences was the places I would stay: hostels. I had the good fortune to stay at many different places: some good, some bad, and some down right amazing. Hanging out at these little houses away from home gave me a chance to sit back and look at what wasÂ occurring in these little slices of heaven along the road. People from all over the world, chatting, laughing, hanging out and having a good time. ItÂ didn’tÂ matter where you were from, what you did or who you were in your home country…
Staying in hostels awoke in me a desire to share this experience with others by hopefully one day owning my own hostel. I think it would be so amazing to host guests for a few days or weeks while they are having adventures of their own and share in their experiences. The owners at a few hostels really made the difference between a good stay and a great one by sharing experiences of their lives thus far, the fun times they have had at their hostels etc.
When I picture the place I would want to own, images of what IÂ WOULDN’TÂ wantÂ stand out such as a sleek/polished establishment with a thumping club that is raging every night. InsteadÂ I see it as an un-assuming, laid back pad, with a bbq, deck, and nice cafe/lounge area. I would hope it is a place (and in a nice spot) where people would want to stick around for awhile Â as those ones are the few which I have best memories at.