I have been extremely lucky for all of the travel I have been able to do for being so young. I feel almost guilty for how unfulfilled it has left me, and not because I don’t appreciate every second of it, but because it makes me crave so much more. If I could have it my way, I’d live abroad as soon as I finish college. I plan to backpack through Europe for two weeks first, in hopes of becoming more comfortable with European cultures and familiarizing myself with some of the places. This will be a good test for me because it will be the first time I’ll be going somewhere with nearly nothing on my person. I will be enjoying the true beauty of what life has to offer, hiking and exploring every day.
If I ended up able to move to Europe after all, I’d stay somewhere cheap like Spain, in a studio apartment in the middle of a big city. Realistically, I think six months would be the perfect amount of time for me. When I come back, I dream of building a tiny house. I’d live in it here in Florida first while getting my master’s degree, and then I would take it with me state to state, staying in each place for a year or two.
Places I would live in my tiny house:
- Asheville, North Carolina
- Boulder, Colorado
- Santa Barbara, California
- Key West, Florida
At the end of that journey, I would pick which place was my favorite and then settle down there to start my adult life and family. My goal age for all of that would be 30, so I’ve got 9 years to be wild and free.
I love the idea of the tiny house because it sets a limit to our attachments. One can never truly be at peace and free when they have earthly things tying them down. If I am lucky enough to be able to live abroad, I’ll obviously not be able to take anything with me. The idea of that excites me.
I’ve become awfully overwhelmed lately thinking about the future. I’m working so hard now in college so that, what, I can work 5 days a week when I’m out? That doesn’t sound like a fun life to me. Honestly it sounds depressing. Unfortunately it’s the ugly truth. The trick, so I’ve been told, is to do something that you love, something that you’re passionate about, right? That way it’s not like you’re working your life away, it’s like you’re doing something that fulfills you and that also happens to put food on your table. For now, I’d rather take advantage of my youth and explore while I have no real strings or responsibilities to attend to.
The problem is that I want it all. I want the mountains and the snow but I also want the beach and the hot sun. I love seasons. I am such an indecisive person, I will be all for something one day and then indifferent to it the next. The only thing I know for sure is that I can’t stand sitting still.
Below I’ve shown some of my dream tiny houses that hopefully I’ll be using one day soon to model my own after. I’m looking at around 500 square feet so that I can put it on a trailer to move it when necessary. I want tons of windows for a lot of sunlight, a loft for the bed and a good amount of countertop space in the kitchen. The rest doesn’t matter as long as it feels like home.
Places out of the country that I have been to:
Turks and Caicos, The Dominican Republic, Mexico, Bermuda, Jamaica, and Toronto
In the country:
New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Minnesota, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Colorado, Maryland, and Alabama