Many people dream about a round-the-world adventure but are often too scared to ditch everything and live the dream. Not so with our friend Lorraine Bergeron who left her old life behind and set off on her amazing adventure.
She’s 5 weeks in to her year long nomadic travel lifestyle and loving it. We just had to find out what made her take the leap.
What moment in your life made you decide to travel so much?
I come from an Irish-American family and my parents said I was 2 years old when I started asking to go to Ireland. My family took me there after my high school graduation. It was my first trip overseas and I was hooked after that.
You’ve started your round the world trip. How did it feel to leave your old life behind?
It was surreal. I have a pretty great life at home that was hard to leave in some ways. I had a couple hours of panic when I left my parents in tears at the airport, and I kept thinking about how different my life would be by this time next year.
But this trip has been all I’ve wanted for the last 4 years, and even in those first few hours I knew I had made the right decision.
What has been the most memorable moment on your journey so far?
Probably the night Spain won the World Cup. I was in Valencia and watched the match with some friends I’d met at my hostel. We found an amazing local bar to watch the game and were the only English-speaking people there. When Spain emerged victorious, we followed the crowds to a plaza and celebrated with the masses. It was the most fun I had in Spain, and I don’t even like soccer (sorry — football!).
What made you pick some of the countries on your itinerary?
Mostly word of mouth. Listening to other people’s travel stories almost always makes me want to see those amazing places for myself.
Where are you now? What have you done there and what do you plan to do next?
I’m currently in Venice. I fell in love with this city the minute I saw it 4 years ago and I’ve been aching to return ever since. I’ve already seen the sites, so I’ve been content to wander aimlessly without an agenda. No churches, no gondolas — just enjoying the feeling of finally being back. I’m moving on to Florence tomorrow and hoping to get in a few day trips outside the city while I’m there.
What advice would you give to people thinking of travelling for an extended period?
Do it. It’s one of the best choices you will ever make for yourself. I’ve never once heard anyone say that they regret taking the time to travel, but I’ve heard from countless people who regret not doing it when they had the chance.
What location in the world that you have been to would you recommend to everyone?
I’d say Thailand because I think it has something for everyone. Whether you want to hide away on a secluded beach, party all night with your friends, hike through a rainforest, lose yourself in a culture with a long and storied history, or all of the above, Thailand has a place for you.
What locations and countries are you looking forward to visiting next?
I’m really looking forward to seeing more of Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia. A lot of my friends have traveled extensively in the area and have some really wonderful stories. I’m also looking forward to Argentina and Brazil towards the end of my trip.
And lastly, can you describe how travelling makes you feel personally?
Traveling has been the most rewarding aspect of my life. I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I hadn’t taken all those trips because my experiences have so firmly shaped the person I’ve become. I’ve learned more on the road than in any classroom. I really believe that travel has made me a better person. I’m more independent, more tolerant, and more open. I’ve never regretted a single penny spent on any one of my trips. The minute one journey is over, I’m already planning the next.
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