"Traveling just brings forth so much nostalgia. There is nothing like meeting new people, seeing new locations, and hearing new languages."
"Maybe the best moments in life are the ones that are the smallest. Those small things like walking down the beach, eating shave ice, and even that attempt at taking the 'perfect' photo."
They always say that traveling is the heart's greatest medicine -or at least that is what I say. Ever since I was young I have always loved to travel. There is just something so brilliant about seeing new places. I have always had a connection to languages. One of my favorite things about traveling is hearing and learning new languages. Since I have an obsession with languages, I enjoy being able to communicate with others.
Hawaii shares a connection with a plethora of cultures from around the world. When going to Hawaii the first thing I noticed was the tropical scenery. However, the second thing I noticed was the people. It felt as if I was in a complete different country. That was not the clear case because Hawaii is indeed a part of the United States of America. Though many individuals think Hawaii is a separate country, it is not. While indulging in the islands I was able to feel the culture. One of the glorious things about Hawaii is obviously the Polynesian cultures that call the islands home. Whether that is Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, Tongan, or even just any group of pacific islanders, it is amazing to be able to connect with that culture.
Aside from that stated above, one of my favorite moments from Hawaii has to clearly be swimming and snorkeling in the ocean. These experiences are the most unforgettable ones too. I could hardly imagine what lies deeper under the ocean's surface -deeper than what I was able to see. The whales that bobbed their bodies to the top showed off their poof of water from their spouts. When the turtles swam on by it felt as if it really was out of this world. I specifically remember a green sea turtle swimming very very close while on a snorkeling boat ride. Being able to see these on the internet is one thing, but being able to see them in real life is a whole other ball game. I have truly been privileged to see these beauties both under the water and on the land. Every time I hear about the green sea turtle or see photos I cannot help but remember those key moments floating on the ocean's surface, looking down, and seeing the turtles swim below.
This world is truly an amazing place. The concept of travel really helps open the eyes to new opportunities too. I have been able to achieve many feats just by traveling to new locations. Whether that is locally or whether that is not, I can say with a positive affirmation that this world is beyond amazing. Ever since going to Hawaii for the first time I have truly been motivated to live life to the fullest and accomplish every thing that I possibly can. With a seemingly endless bucket list -1,0001 and more items- I cannot wait to keep checking these off the list. There is a lot to be learned while traveling -about yourself, the world, and other people.
"Life is not just about doing a same old, same old routine. Life is about adventure, getting out of the comfort zone, and finding solace somewhere."
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My name is Jetta, and I am a student pilot currently attending Southern Utah University to become an airline pilot. Join me on my journey from zero to the left seat.