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How I Sold my Car for a One Way Ticket

3:50 PMNichole DuPont

Yes, you read the title correctly. I sold my car when I was 20 years old and bought a one way ticket to an island called Guam. 
Why you ask. 
Well there was this boy (how cliche) and I didn't have much of a real life in my hometown, so I packed up and left. This all happened 6 years ago but I wanted to share with you how my love for traveling started and what you can learn when you travel while your young. If you don't know where Guam is, it's next to the Philippines and a 5 hour plane ride from Japan. 

1. You learn how to budget your money

I moved to Guam with only a small amount of cash, which didn't last long. Living on an island can be expensive, specially when its a tourist spot. While my roommate/boyfriend was off the island which was all the time I had to budget my money and be able to buy groceries, gas (I tried not to drive at all), and whatever else I needed. Your grocery list changes from buying the fancy pasta noodles and sauce to buying the cheap ramen. You can't buy the same things you were able to have when your parents went grocery shopping. Learn to budget your money on #1 food and place to stay, then if you have extra go do something fun! 

2. You can learn a second language 

It took me at least 4 months to find a job on the island. I was lucky enough to find something just down the road from the apartment complex I lived in. I didn't have to drive but I had to walk every day in the 90 degree heat to get to work. Great way to lose weight! One of the requirements for the job was that I had to know Japanese. WHAT?! I took French in high school, the only Japanese word I knew was "arigatou Mr. Roboto". So I had to start studying Japanese, I was horrible at first but then I caught onto more words and sentences later on.  It's fun learning a new language that you never thought you'd be able to speak! I still study Japanese to this day.

3. Take your comfort zone to a new level 

While I was on the island for the first year or two I didn't know a lot of people. I knew some of my boyfriends work friends but I was mostly alone. I was so scared at first to go out and explore the island. I'll fly half way around the world but scared to explore an island alone? Crazzyyyy... Anyway I soon broke that comfort zone and put the being attacked by snakes, car braking down or getting lost (Guam does not have road signs) in the back of my mind. I took the road trip around the island and it was so worth it. I actually enjoyed taking a solo trip. I usually have a friend with me but this solo thing wasn't so bad. 

4. Learn to take care of yourself 

When you travel to a busy city or different environment you can sometimes get sick. Whose got sick while traveling?? A LOT of people. I was at the hospital so many times. I worked in retail so I had a lot of different people near me from different countries that could of been sick themselves. I usually had to take care of myself. The flu was the worst, I couldn't drive, I could barely walk and I was all alone in the apartment. All I could do was sleep and drink water. Make sure when you travel you take care of yourself, drink plenty of water, eat right and wash your hands. Simple as that. 

5. Enjoy this HUGE adventure! 

I will never regret leaving home and traveling. If I didn't sell my car and buy that ticket I wouldn't be the person I am today! I wouldn't of been able to explore Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia  and Okinawa. I wouldn't of met all the amazing people I'm friends with today. I'm more out going and have different goals. Traveling young was an amazing learning experience and I'm so thankful I had the opportunity to do it. Don't ever be scared to take a chance and do something out of your comfort zone. Traveling is the best way to learn more about yourself, other cultures, history and more! Don't miss out on your adventure! 

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  1. This is so so cooool :)

    Bisous from France,

    1. Thank you! It was a fun adventure! I'm ready to move again soon!

      - The Southern Adventurer

  2. Incredible photos.Like it :)

  3. Yessss! LOVE this so so much, and this is also exactly how I feel about life. So glad you don't regret it, no one has time for regrets and you would have been more upset with yourself if you didn't sell your car so good for you!

    XO Naomi in Wonderland

    1. I totally agree. Regrets are just a waste of time, it's just a lesson learned. Yes! I would of missed out on so much if I didn't take that chance and moved to Guam! Thank you for your comment! :)

  4. I am moving to Italy in August! This makes me so excited! YAY! Traveling / moving to a new place is something I think everyone needs to do! Good for you!



    1. Thats so exciting!! Italy would be amazing to live for awhile. Cant wait to see your adventure on your blog. :)


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