I traveled independently for the first time during my freshman year of college. That trip breathed life into me in a way that no travel experience had done before. I made a mental transition from child to adult traveler at that point. This is the reason I chose my Israel adventure to be the starting point of my "Travel Diary," though I took many domestic and international trips with my family before that.
I continued to learn about myself as a traveler and about the travel industry in college (from an economic and geographic POV) by majoring in Global Studies. The two tangible things I have to show from my GS education are my thesis paper, in which I attempted to explain the difference between a tourist, traveler, and global citizen (I swear I thought this was a creative, original idea at the time), and my intern blog.
During my final college semester, I interned at Condé Nast Traveler. The Global Studies department agreed to give me credit for this internship (I already done plenty for the Journalism department, my other major) on the condition that I wrote about my experience.
My mother often questions why I don't repost those entries to this blog. I usually shrug her off, citing the posts in question as old or irrelevant. But after another urging this past Thanksgiving weekend, I'm inclined to reconsider. These short pieces showcase an interesting and special point in my life, and are some of my very first pieces of travel writing. And they did, after all, help me get my gig with Travel Weekly.