Hello and Welcome! My name is Dani Thomason and I’m a freelance writer living in Barcelona, Spain. A few things I love are craft breweries, charming coffee shops, foreign accents, and of course, traveling. Being born and raised in Southern California, I got to spend a fair share of my time outdoors, whether it be by the beach or in the mountains. I was also fortunate enough to learn the value of travel at a young age. From Yosemite to the Cayman Islands, my parents loved to live an active and venturesome lifestyle. This constant exposure to new places is what sparked my adventurous spirit later on in life. During my junior year of college, I spent a full year studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain.Throughout my time in Europe, I was able to tackle 14 countries and countless cities in between, leaving traces of my heart throughout every city I ventured to. This is where my true passion in life was uncovered. After living 10 months abroad, I’ve now made it my priority to see as much of this beautiful world as possible.
So why did I choose to go abroad for an entire year?Well since the first day of freshmen year, I knew I wanted to study abroad somewhere in Europe during my college experience. The more I began to research, the more fixated I became with the idea of living in a foreign country. I spent countless hours researching European travel destinations, which just fueled my desire even further to experience those captivating cities from my own perspective. Within the first semester of my freshmen year at SDSU, I had come to the conclusion that I had way too many stops on my “places to see” list, and one semester just wasn’t going to cut it. Now, this was shocking to most of my friends and family considering I preferred a good ole’ movie night at home over going out any day, however, I knew this was such a burning desire of mine that I had to take full advantage while I still had the opportunity to do so. And let me just say, even though I was extremely hesitant committing an entire year of my life to this crazy dream of mine, risking stability, friendships, and relationships in the process, it was still by far the BEST decision I had ever made. Even though my year abroad has ended, I feel that I am just getting started with my life of travels. My recently-sparked curiosity in discovering foreign places has turned me into an avid traveler, adventure seeker, and local cuisine enthusiast, which I’ve now taken back with me to the states.
3 reasons I travel:
- I have so many places to see
- I have countless stories to tell
- I have so much life to live