DONICA || 18 + COUNTRIES
Meet Donica – an elementary educator based in Houston, Texas.
Places you’ve visited? In the U.S, I’ve been to over 20 states. Internationally, I’ve visited Trinidad &Tobago, Canada, Grenada, Carricou, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Belize, Germany, Stockholm, Ireland, the U.K., Prague, Poland, France, Luxembourg, Italy & Austria.
Last trip? My last trip was to Trinidad for my Spring break this March.. and Tobago, it’s neighboring sister island for the first time…It’s funny when you visit someplace so often (I was born there) you don’t take advantage of what’s around. It’s like New Yorkers who have never visited Statue of Liberty, the top of the Empire State building, or even walked across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Favorite place? Rome! Rome has so much culture and rich history. I felt like I had traveled back in time. The people are so sweet and the men are charming. My nickname was Bella. I used my knowledge of Spanish which worked well as it is very close to Italian. The food there is amazing! Everything tastes incredibly fresh. I treated my palate to pasta, wine, and gelato. It doesn’t get much better than that! I also had an enlightening experience attending Sunday mas at the Vatican. Overall, I honestly think I could live there.
Dream Destination? One of my dream destinations is Egypt. I want to see the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. I have always been fascinated with Egyptian history. I hope that the tensions there ease with the U.S, so I can safely travel there one day. I also would love to go to Thailand. Besides loving Thai food, I think parts of the country are so beautiful and want to fully experience the culture there.
How Often & With Whom Do you Travel? I travel quite often being a teacher. Since my family does not live in Houston, I travel a few times a year to see them in NYC. I also travel most holidays, whether it is to another city in Texas or out of town. I also do some traveling over the summer. Being a teacher definitely has its advantages with the amount of breaks we get. But we need and deserve each one!
I have traveled with friends, family, and solo. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Friends and family sometimes have an expiration time frame, from a few hours to a few days. But the flip side is that you get to share the experiences and memories from that trip. I can say that I enjoyed every solo trip I took, but there is a part of me that sometimes wished I had company, when I think back like, ‘Remember when…’ I do not regret traveling alone. It definitely gave me a new outlook on life and embrace the independence of it all.
Best Aspect About Traveling as a Teacher? The time we get off so we do not really need to use personal days, unless we need an extra one here or there.
Prized Travel Tips? My best travel tips are to put aside money from each check for a travel fund. Even if it isn’t out of the country, go somewhere other than where you live! I try to budget everything I spend on bills so I know how much money I have to work with. My friends think I am ‘rich’ because I travel so much. But I plan in advance for low fares and do not shop or eat out very often. If traveling is something that you want to do then you need to put in the effort in comparing different sites for air, hotel, and things to do wherever your destination is.
Next Adventure? My next adventure…hmm..good question. Not sure yet… I’ll know when I get a feeling, then I’ll go for it.. till then, happy travels to all..
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