A teacher once caught me reading. At the end of her class, she asked to see me at the teachers’ room. She said to me, “These novels will get you nowhere, but my lesson will turn you into a successful woman in the future. I looked the other way because failure is a choice, and apparently that is what you’ve chosen.”

Now I sit here, engaged to my best friend, and I totally credit the travel bug for everything. It was my love of travel that taught me some of the most important life lessons. My love of travel showed me how genuine and amazing the world can truly be.