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Goodbye New Jersey. Hello World! A record of my journey as I give up my job, my possessions, and life as I know it to go off and see the world!

About lauren_watson

For the last 6 years I have been teaching high school math in western New Jersey where I have lived my whole life.  3 years ago, I discovered just how much I enjoy traveling on my own when I visited California, Arizona and Nevada on a tour. Since then traveling has been like a drug to me and I have visited many national parks in the south west and got to camp in Europe this last summer.  6 months ago I visited Budapest, Berlin and Prague with friends (whom I met through traveling) and I realized that I am truly the happiest when I am on the road, out there, ready for the next thing.  I feel the most alive when I am meeting new people, experiencing new things and seeing the beauty of the world out there.  I have decided that it's time to follow my heart, pursue my dreams and go where the wind takes me. 

On June 30th I leave for a globe-trotting trip.  I first go to Ireland, then Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.  On September 10th I have made plans to take the Tran-Siberian railroad through Russia, into Mongolia, and then arrive in China.  I then hope to go to Australia in November where I have a working holiday visa to stay up to a year.  My plans are to find work and then ??? (this ??? scares me to death, since as a math teacher i am extremely Type A personality).  It's the ??? that's driving me.  It's the ???? that is the challenge that I hope to overcome. 

UPDATE:  After 8 and a half months of travelling I have found myself feeling at home in New Zealand.  I have now lived here for over a year, where I have met my English boyfriend Steve.  I feel grateful to have found a place where I can be surrounded by beauty every day and meet on a daily basis people from all over the world.  I am not entirely sure where we are going next, but I assure you we will keep the travel dream alive!  I look forward to writing again soon. 

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