Lost Girl of the Week: Kristen Jacobson

Lost Girl of the Week — By on September 1, 2010 at 6:00 am

Jumping off of Mt. Etna in Sicily

At the age of eighteen, I was self-diagnosed with a serious addiction. This obsession eventually consumed my entire existence. For the last six years, I have refused to fight this addiction and instead embrace and accept it as the definition of who I am. My name is Kristen Jacobson, and I am an adventure seeking, risk-taking travel junkie.

Hanging out with camels in Tunisia

I am a Lost Girl in search for a journey of awakening. I am at the point in my life where I feel a burning desire to take off for a long period of time to explore the world and learn about people and myself along the way. This is why I am about to embark on a year-long adventure around the globe. I am quitting my job, leaving my friends, family and boyfriend behind  to fulfil this yearning to explore the world. For the past year, I have been working like a mad woman to save as much as possible to fund my travels. As a Torontonian, it can be difficult to save when you are living in a city that has endless things for you to do.  However, I believe that if you want something bad enough, you will always make it happen. So here I am, at the date I had set for myself to raise ten thousand dollars to fund my travels, and I have done it! In six weeks from now, I will be boarding my first of many flights to the first of many countries. Although I have not planned too much, and I am trying not to build up many expectations, I do hope to gain a deeper connection with myself, other people and nature. I want to try everything once or even twice, go with the flow and just let things happen. I believe with a less developed plan and an open mind, I will discover things about myself and the world that will blow me away.

Helping the locals pull in a fish net in Ghana

I truly believe that traveling is the best education you can give yourself. The world is your classroom, the people you meet along the way are your teachers and what you learn and take from it is totally up to you! One thing’s for sure is if you keep an open-mind and take a chance, you will learn more about yourself then you could ever learn in a typical classroom. Traveling is my life and has and will continue to open up many doors and opportunities that have and will continue to bring success and happiness into my life. If you let it, it can do the same for you.

Come along with me on my year-long adventure by visiting: http://www.hopscotchtheglobe.com

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