The Sunny Set: #8

The possibility of New Zealand...

So I’ve come to a crossroads. And I need your advice. I’ve wanted to go to Italy since I was in second grade but I just got accepted to a program to travel to a foreign country which offers two weeks of community service and two weeks of adventure travel. But there’s one condition; you have to pay a non-refundable fee of $500 to find out which one of the six countries I would go to. Is it worth the risk? No offense to the Dominican Republic, but Costa Rica or New Zealand just sounds a little more enticing at this point. So what should I do with my summer? Either way I want to work on accomplishing Sunny Set goal

#8: Go to every place in “1,000 Places to See Before I Die”
Ambitious I know. But I sure will try! (I’m actually famous in my family for saying this). The truth of the matter is though, I’m a bit of a homebody. I’ve never been the one to jet off to some foreign country and I find that I miss my mom after two days, not two months like some people can manage.  But it’s time to push myself outside of my comfort zone. I want to see as much of the world as possible; to live and breathe what before I have only learned about in textbooks. I think we can find so much happiness from travel if we can live without fear. I realize this is easy for some people; but for others, it can be a challenge to overcome the bugs, foreign languages, and (oh no!) lack of technology. But as I said before, I sure will try!
So where do you want to travel? And what do you think I should do? $500 is a lot of money to take a risk on but it could end up paying off so much. Any ideas?
Keep shining,
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
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2 Responses to The Sunny Set: #8

  1. Sandi Miranda says:

    Lauren, Do some research on a variety of potential choice countries – what kind of service will you do? Medical outreach? Rebuilding? Planting & nutrition? Supplies providence? What would appeal most to YOU? Helping, teaching, physical labors? What would help you move forward the most: in your studies, in your emotional gain or other areas you want to consider? God tends to place you in the right choices and eventually you see the wisdom as your life unfolds. You could spend the money in the Mall or you could take a calculated risk…if it was easy, more would compete to be chosen.
    Best of Luck! Hugs from Arizona, Sandi Miranda

  2. kelly says:

    hmmm that’s a difficult one
    because it seems like a choice between spontaneity and a dream that you’ve always had. while being “spontaneous” and going wherever you end up might be a really cool adventure, it could also land you in some random place you never wanted to visit. and that’s not to say that you won’t have a great time – i know you’ll have an incredible experience wherever you choose to travel to. however, in my opinion, i think it’s a bit of a scam that the company draws you in then makes you pay $500 to find out where you’re being sent to. “spontaneous” might be cool – but i think safe is better than sorry. not to mention, i can picture you eating gelato and cruising by the treve fountain now :)

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