The Compass

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The world is a book, and those who don’t travel read only a page.
– St. Augustine

From winning a first-grade award for ‘most books read’ to constructing plans of writing my own novel, I have always been obsessed with the written word. Reading has served as a valuable learning platform, shaping my vocabulary and writing skills. 

It has always had the power to transport me to a different time and place for as long as my imagination allows me to remain immersed — inspiring my desire to meet the people and visit the destinations outlined in those pages. What began as words on paper has become more than a decade of travel to more than 30 countries across four continents with tales of the incredible people and cultures that exist out in the real world. Reading was and remains my inspiration and escape, but it’s not always enough. I like to experience things first-hand.

I don’t know how this story will continue to unfold — what places, countries, or continents I’ll get to explore next. But I do know I can always reach deep down, no matter where I am in life, and find that little bug that continuously reminds me that there will always be more places to see, more people to meet, and more life to live. In a way, I hope I am never content with simply reading about this world — that I always want to experience it for myself. That there is always one more road I need to travel, one more destination I need to explore, and one more adventure I need to chase.

Once you start reading my story, I hope you won’t be able to put it down.

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