• A. Denise Beltré

“I'm in love with cities I've never been to and people I've never met.”

I was 19 years old when I first traveled outside of my home country. I barely spoke the language, and my friends I only had a AAA map my Dad had let us borrow as our guide. No mobile phones, no GPS. We were also a little worried about being pulled over because my car's insurance had expired and the tires were bald. But, it was the most exhilarating experience of my life to that point. Driving down the West Coast of Baja California, seeing dolphins swimming in the waves, and soaking up the bright sun, I felt renewed. In my limited Spanish I spoke to locals, tried the cuisine, and swam in the Pacific. But why did I love it so much? I didn't know the people, or truly understand their culture; I was just another tourist. But that sense of not knowing, of being surprised at every turn; maybe it was discovery of it all. That first adventure fueled what would become a deep passion. From 2000-2010, I alternated attending University and living in Europe, Central America, and Asia. Each country fed my addiction, each new cuisine I tasted, every new language I tried to wrap my tongue around, made me yearn to travel even more.

So that's the origin of my addiction. What's your passion?

“I'm in love with cities I've never been to and people I've never met.” (John Green)

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