What in the World?

Hello! If you’re reading this post that means my Instagram account has successfully led you here. Rather than jump right into giving travel advice or tips, I thought I would take a few moments to introduce myself and let you know what travelling means to me—I promise I’ll keep it brief so you can go back to scrolling your Instafeed.

My name is Roslyn Kent and I’m 21-years-old (typing it out makes it seem almost as scary as it sounds). I’m currently one of 30,000 students attending the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, and I’m slowly but surely making my way through my undergraduate degree in arts with a major in communications studies. I’m studying this subject because I want to have a career in either social media, marketing or communications in the near—and slightly terrifying—future, and I want to be able to be creative in my work. My @worldlywandering Instagram account is one of the few ways that I do this on the daily and I enjoy every part of that account that allows me to relive my past travels and grow excited about possible opportunities I may have to travel in the foreseeable future.

Joffre Lakes, British Columbia

Joffre Lakes, British Columbia

I’ll start off by saying that I’m your average joe. I’m not a millionaire, I’m not an ex olympic athlete, I eat junk food from time to time and I get stressed out and anxious just like the majority of university of students. What made me feel extraordinary for once in my life was the opportunity I was given last school year to study abroad in England. I had the choice of going to numerous cities around the globe and I decided on the University of Leeds in England.

Being in England meant that I was conveniently located in Europe and I was able to travel for about two months after my exchange ended. However, since I also only had to take three classes (or modules as they call them over there) in order to gain five full course credits back in Calgary, I was pretty much seeking out any and all travel-related activities to fill my empty calendar. Can you say weekend getaway? This significantly lower amount of course work meant that I had a lot of time on my hands to travel on the weekends. Essentially, I was willing to empty my bank account to a deficit by the time I returned home to Vancouver six months later—shockingly, I managed to budget and return home with enough money to allow me to keep traveling in B.C. when I got home, but that’s a story for another day.

During my exchange I visited one continent, 12 countries and 52 cities, islands and towns in total. I was impressed with how far I made it, considering I had barely stepped foot outside North America prior to this whirlwind adventure. So what you’ve been seeing on my @worldlywandering Instagram feed is primarily the photo evidence of my life changing eurotrip that started in January, 2015 and ended—and then later continued in BC—at the end of July.

As a result of catching a severe and unshakable case of the travel bug, I have now begun to plan a trip to S.E. Asia, New Zealand and Australia (to visit my sister who is now travelling these regions for a lengthy one and a half years) with my roommate and close friend, Sarah Leger (@sarahleger13). We hope to leave next September, 2016, which means that my frugal ways of spending that go hand-in-hand with saving for a big trip will begin shortly. I apologize in advance to all my friends who I may end up mooching off of if they sit next to me at a restaurant… Were you going to eat those fries?

So what does travel mean to me, you ask? The answer is never simple, but personally, it can be summed up in a few short, sweet points:

  1. It’s an opportunity to try crazy, unimaginable, out of the ordinary things that scare the sh*t out of me
  2. It’s the chance to meet friends and friendly faces from all over the world who can teach me a thing or two about not only their culture and lifestyle, but the shortcomings of my own
  3. It’s the possibility of discovering something you would never find in your own country
  4. It’s a way of spending money on experiences rather than things 
  5. It’s a time for finding out who you are as a person through every weird, uncomfortable, awkward and maybe even terrifying situation
  6. It’s a shot at taking a break from this structured routine we like to call ‘life’ that can sometimes keep us in a trap of unfulfillment

And that’s it for my first post. I hope to be updating this regularly in the future to give travel advice, tips for surviving a term abroad, as well as other random, insightful messages that may let you see travel in a new light.

– Roslyn