Travelling to America, let alone travelling at all for the first time was extremely nerve wracking. It was the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done, and I would love to travel more.
I’m a total homebody at heart, despite being disabled. Building up the confidence to travel and do things I’ve never done before was a significant moment for me. Navigating airports, making sure I was on time and having all the right paperwork ready was very stressful. However, thrusting myself into that situation was infinitely better than never having done so at all due to fear. I had a lot of support and encouragement from my fiancé along the way.
After a long first flight and a shorter connecting flight, I ended up spending an entire month in beautiful Washington state during mid-winter with my fiancé. I hadn’t seen them for a couple of years up until that point due to the pandemic. The most rewarding parts of the experience were the small things, like having a morning coffee together and just enjoying being in each other’s presence.
During my stay, my fiancé and I got to experience the wonderful Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, the interesting exhibits at the Museum of Pop Culture, the beautiful greenery of Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, and the artistry of Chihuly Garden & Glass Museum. We ate all kinds of cuisine at various vegan restaurants, and visited Seattle which had Pike Place Market and the Seattle Great Wheel, a Ferris wheel.
It was truly an adventure visiting America, one that I’ll never forget. I pushed myself far out of my comfort zone, experiencing things I’ve never done before. Despite challenges, it was equally as rewarding of an adventure.