Ever since I was little, there is always one thing I have known that I wanted to do: travel the world! I’ve always been fascinated with exploring and finding out as much as I can about different cultures. I spent a lot of time reading books all about other countries and imagining what they might be like.
I’ve been lucky enough to have been able to go to a lot of the countries I had dreamed about, but the one place that I always wanted to go to but never had a chance to visit was South America. So, as soon as I finished university, I knew I had to make plans to go there. I would do whatever I could to finally be able to achieve this life goal.
I knew it would be difficult, because at the time I started making my plans to go I couldn’t speak a word of Spanish, and I only had enough money to book my flight there! However, after six months of a lot of planning, hard work and an attempt to learn Spanish, I was ready and found myself on a flight to Uruguay with my best friend.
When we arrived, I couldn’t believe I had finally made it there, somewhere I had imagined many times. I have to say, it wasn’t at all like I imagined it – it was even better!
We went to many different countries in South America and I loved them all, but one of my favourites was Chile. Chile is amazing because it has so many different landscapes – which isn’t surprising when you think about how long the country is! We went down to a place called Pucon. It was very cold there, which we were completely unprepared for. When we had been planning our trip, we thought the weather would be hot the whole time, but we couldn’t have been more wrong! After buying some warm jumpers though, we were ready to explore. The best thing about Pucon was the huge, looming volcano which was constantly smoking the whole time we were there. You could even climb the volcano if you were brave enough!
In the end, I had the experience of a lifetime in South America, and I’m so happy that I worked hard in order to achieve this life goal of mine!
Have you ever worked hard to achieve a life goal? What did you have to do?