cropped-cropped-ae45cec1975748f5c0b3252a8fc55173-e1491363533736When I was in my early twenties, I moved halfway around the world with nothing but a suitcase and a heart set on exploring my mother’s home country of South Korea. Though I grew up with some Korean influences, being raised mostly in the United States, I wasn’t fluent in the language and didn’t identify with or have true appreciation for my Asian or even multi-cultural heritage. Discovering Korea and connecting with the people there was like discovering another layer of my own history and personality that I never knew was missing. I was also pleasantly surprised to connect deeply with the other expats and internationals living in the country and ended up having the time of my life, learning about the rest of the world. I like to think I also deepened their understanding of mine. It was a once-in-a-life time experience that led me to live fully each day and with intention. Though I grew up often surrounded by diverse family, friends, and neighbors, it was while living abroad when I had the opportunity to truly immerse myself in continuous discovery and came to understand other ways of living this crazy thing called life. Back in the States now, I’m still compelled to keep learning and loving our world heritage any chance I get. Notion to Travel documents the beauty of a good adventure, and the interesting perspectives I’m grateful to keep finding and share.


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