My First True International Travel Essay

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So, it was Day One of our trip and I felt quite nervous. I didn’t sleep the night before as my head was spinning with thoughts of spending the next three weeks flying all the way from Phoenix, Arizona to Santiago, Chile in a small airplane. I couldn’t refrain from dwelling on how crazy we were, especially given the State Department warning against U.S. citizens visiting Mexico. Up until that point in time, I had never been out of the continental United States. I visited Puerto Rico when I was twelve years old, however, I don’t suppose that counts. For this to be my first true international travel experience felt rather daunting, it was comparable to accelerating from zero to sixty miles per hour instantaneously. Even now, I have a difficult time packing for a vacation. What should I bring? How much clean underwear will I need? How hot will weather conditions be? What if the weather turns cold? Should I bring layers? Would a sweater or a jacket be more suitable? Will everything match? Suppose during the trip I appear ridiculous because my last clean shirt and pants resemble a combination fit for a high school clash day? All of those questions loomed disproportionately large for the reason that space in the plane was extremely limited and several of the places we planned to touch down wouldn’t have anywhere to shop. That last thought was somewhat irrelevant; even if stores were available, I was at a point in my life where I didn’t have spare money to buy…

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