About thirty years ago, I left Germany to start a year-long journey through the USA. It was a decision I made on short notice and not very carefully researched. In 1985, we did not have internet yet, and most of the information I gathered was from various conversations I had with Americans living in Germany. I hit the library and searched through all the travel books. The travel books were my main source of information. However, it still did not prepare me for what to expect and how to deal with new situations, especially when you don’t speak the language.
Luckily for me, I met great people along the road. They not only helped me, but they also supported my adventuresome attitude and assisted me in every aspect possible. After staying in the US one year, I was not ready to go home! I still had to learn and see more of this country and it would require at least staying another two years. That decision changed my life forever and I never returned home, except for business trips and vacation.
I was fortunate enough to find a job in the music industry. After working in a studio for two years, I was offered a job to work as a tour manager for a company who handled major concert tours throughout the world. An opportunity like that comes along only once in a life time. It was too good to refuse and I grabbed it! It prepared me to learn all about how the tour business is conducted and what it offers, and how everyone is involved in the tours. It also opened up my interest for travel and I realized that, no matter how much you enjoy the fun of traveling and exploring different countries and cultures, your heart never leaves home.
The knowledge and experiences I have acquired from traveling and living in foreign countries go far beyond anything I can read on the internet or magazines. My perspective on life has changed completely. I no longer take basic necessities for granted, such as having clean water, a comfy bed, a toilet, or toilet paper. I realize how different each country is and how you can’t compare one culture to another or one religion to the next. My foreign currency skills have become sharp as I had to convert currencies daily and spend a lot of money buying new wallets; I’ve learned the importance of “hellos” and “goodbyes” in the native language of the country I am visiting and how much a smile can make a difference to overcome the cultural differences and not being able to communicate. You see so many amazing places that you no longer can decide which one you favor, yet you love each for its own beauty and culture. You develop an addiction for traveling and exploring the unknown, constantly wanting to plan your next adventure.
But one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that I’m so lucky to have a place I call home. No matter how far away I am, or how many months I have been away, my home is always just where I left it and more beautiful than ever.
~Beatrice Davis, President/Founder, Sassy B Worldwide Productions, Inc.