Ok, so I have just gotten some time to sit down and write, China has been keeping me busy. I figured I will send you all my photos when I get back to the states, a lot of them have been saved directly onto my hard drive and I rarely get access to a computer to pull them back out (Ill send them from now on!)
William Boyd Bailey
I am 24 years old that has been born and raised in Columbia, SC and recently graduated from the University of South Carolina. I have been traveling the world since mid-January and plan to return home early September and will then move to DC in early October for a job that has been waiting on me to return.
So, my hidden passion to travel is rooted in my maternal grandfather. He had a pilots license and owned a RV, so he was always traveling throughout the USA and Canada. I grew up with no real desire to travel; after all, I did end up going to college in my hometown despite being accepted to multiple colleges outside of Columbia and South Carolina. It was a hassle for my friend to get me to join him studying abroad in Spain; I really didn't want to go! However, I went, and after day one, I fell in love with the world. When I got back and urged my friends to study abroad, I witnessed the bubble that I was stuck in. I don't want to leave my friends, the parties, the girls, and all the fun. Once I left SC, I realized how big the world is; there's 7 billion people in this world, plenty of friends, experiences, and cultures to embrace that surpass any desire to stay trapped in this bubble.
Traveling the world just happened by coincidence. A good friend and I had planned to do a three month road trip throughout the US when we graduated college in May 2012. As time went by, I didn't want to graduate on time so I picked up a third major that would put me on tract to graduate in December 2012; my friend ended up picking up another major as well. Since we had more time on our hands than we originally planned for our road trip, we decided to travel the world. While we did want to travel together, we didn't want to do it all together; we felt the need to meet our own friends and make our own experiences. Even though we did eventually meet up and travel for two months together, it has been great traveling on my own. I learn something new about myself and the world everyday.