In a couple of weeks, I will embark on a life-changing #RTW trip with the Semester at Sea study abroad program and I couldn’t be any more excited. When I first heard about it, the idea stuck in my travel obsessed brain. I started college, worked incredibly hard towards a good GPA in order to get accepted for Semester at Sea. Once I did, I was ecstatic, my dream was finally coming true. The months that followed, the preparation for a long trip was tough, and to be honest overwhelming. I had to endure doctor appointments, endure shots for the Yellow Fever Vaccine, Polio Boosters, Tetanus shots, as well as get the Typhoid, and Malaria pills.. I felt like a human science project. I was incredibly nervous about the side effects and the warnings given by my doctors on what to do and not to do in each country. But it is all worth it.. I will be traveling around the world!
Semester at Sea is a college study abroad program. Think of it this way; a floating campus, where the classroom is the world. During the days at sea, we go to regular classroom, taught by professors. I also love how the classes relates to travel, Global perspectives, History of the 21st Century, Oceanography, Global Studies, and Travel writings are just some of the classes that they offer. Now, this is my kind of school..
As of January 12th, I will begin a three month journey around the world..
my itinerary is:
* Nassau, Bahamas
* Roseau, Dominica
* Manaus, Brazil
* Takoradi, Ghana
* Cape Town, South Africa
* Port Louis, Mauritius
* Chennai, India
* Ho Chi Minh, City, Vietnam
* Hong Kong/Shanghai, China
* Kobe/Yokohama, Japan
* Hilo, Hawaii
* San Diego, CA USA
As far as what I will do in these countries- I have no idea. I have only planned two trips in Dominica, and Brazil. I signed up for an snorkeling adventure in the Champagne Reef in Dominica, and a night-time jungle exploration in the Amazon, in Brazil. I do have many ideas for what to do in several the ports, but at the moment it seems to be I will be “winging” it..
Now, since I am Deaf, many of you may be wondering how the heck am I going to be able to the classes? What most people don’t realize is that many study abroad programs do not have professional Interpreters on hand, there simply isn’t much of a demand for them. I hope to change that. Luckily, I convinced one of my best friends to apply for the program. She also got accepted and she will be also be my interpreter for my classes. How lucky am I? To have a friend willing to travel around the world with me, and to help me out with my classes.
I know most people say traveling with others can put a strain on friendships, I fully understand the risk. But if we were able to survive a fire evacuation of our hometown and be stranded on houseboat for three weeks with her family. I think we’ll be fine..
If anyone has any recommendations, or advice on traveling with Semester at Sea, or about some of the ports we will be in. It would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks
T.S Elliot once said “Turn things you’ve always wanted to do, into things you’ve done” and I have to say I am looking forward to crossing off #RTW trip off the EpicQuest list(or in other words the Bucket List)