While browsing through articles of various topics regarding the Middle East, I stumbled upon a blog that grasped my attention. Looking back at me was a young Australian woman smiling from ear to ear on top of a hillside. A photo of this sort would not typically be the type of element to captivatingly absorb my interest for more than a few minutes, but I found my curiosity for the path of this young woman’s life elevating more and more each moment. After reading a quick blurb about her, I had come to find that she had given up what was thought to be a well-planned career, to travel around the world indefinitely, and alone. The connection was simultaneously made; she is experiencing a similar lifestyle to the one that I hope I will soon be able to engage myself in. Her journey began in the US, but eventually led her to the Middle East. Initially, she did not broadcast her travels to this vast region, which stirred up the questions as to why. Did she fear the responses she would most definitely receive for committing to a voyage of this sort independently? Or for other personal reasons? Whether these were factors in her decision or not, I personally began to compare them to my own feelings on the matter. In another blog focusing on safe traveling in the Middle East, the comment was made that is natural for people in the West to group the entire region as a whole, when in fact various cultures exist, and should be acknowledged. Not only is the region looked at as one single place, but it is done so with the mentality that it is an area ridden with crime and terror. When I tell people I will be traveling internationally, with our first step being Vietnam, a face mixed with concern and shock is now almost expected. Even the smear thought of traveling globally exhilarates me to the point of no belief, and I can only hope that others would want to share this interest. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. When people ask me my reasoning for having the desire to travel so far, I always think to myself, “Why not?” Why not dive into culture with the willingness to embrace the diverse atmosphere that will surround you? While submerging yourself in a place entirely different than your own may not be the smoothest transition, and the last thing you will know is your comfort zone, seeing the world from a new perspective can and will open up so many doors. The opportunity I have been given to explore the world is one that I am thankful to indulge in. While the process might not be easy, I am ready to involve myself in this complex learning experience, and the rest that lies ahead.