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When It Comes To Traveling Abroad, Be a Way Maker

Posted by Jenna DeVary | Sep 17, 2018 4:03:17 AM

A past boss once said to me, “There are two types of people in this world, way makers and excuse makers- which one are you?” 

At the time I laughed and didn't think much about it. Then one day I couldn’t stop thinking about the comment and thought deeply to myself, “Which one am I?”

be a way makerThe truth is, we can all come up with a million excuses of why we shouldn't do something. I would consider most of the world excuse makers. When it comes to travel, it is so easy to come up with reasons why we shouldn’t go. I could name 10 right now and I'm sure you’ve already thought of a few yourself. But let’s focus on the positive. To be a way maker I had to first find a program that fit my budget, needs, and timing. After weeks of research, I discovered GeoVisions and their program Thai My Way. It's exactly as it sounds, traveling around Thailand, seeking experiences tailored to YOU! 

I spent three weeks in Thailand, melding adventure and relaxation into every day. Traveling across the world and wandering solo in a country where hardly anyone speaks your language was my most invigorating experience yet. And even though I traveled solo, I never felt alone. 

This experience was a gentle reminder that the world is full of beautiful people all longing for the same things.

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I walked with elephants, participated in Thai cooking classes, received hugs from kids at the Pala-U orphanage, experienced a mountain full of monkeys, walked through indescribable Buddhist temples, practiced Yoga with the locals, and shopped in the famous night markets. These are just a few of the experiences throughout my solo journey to the Land of Smiles.

I learned that being a way maker means taking risks and going beyond your comfort zone, because that my friends is where the magic happens. 

I didn't have to quit my job or move across the world to experience the incredible culture of Thailand, I just had to quit making excuses. 

So, which one are you- a way maker or an excuse maker?!

Written by Jenna DeVary

Jenna is a teacher in Colorado and when she’s not in the classroom you can find her out adventuring. She believes in trying everything (and everywhere) once -and if you like it try it twice! Her favorite parts of travel are breathtaking landscapes and the human connections made along the journey. After returning from Thailand, she is back in the classroom sharing stories of her travels with her students and sneaking away on the weekends to any beautiful destination within a drivable distance!

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