I’m Melany, I was born in Italy 20 years ago but my mom is Canadian so I’m actually half italian and half canadian.
When I finished high school (at 19 years old in Italy), I was so lost. I didn’t know what to do with my life. So many people told me “You should go to university, without it you won’t do anything in the future” others suggested me “Work, find a job with a contract, save money”. None of them convinced me. The interests I have don’t include a university subject, and if I started working in this city (which I really hate sometimes) I would have lived here forever. I was so lost.
So I decided to take a gap-year… It was the best decision of my life.
Since my two big passions include traveling and dancing, I really wanted to leave my city and go somewhere where I could see awesome places but grow as a dancer as well. So I chose California! What’s better than taking dancing classes in Los Angeles, walk in the desert, swim in the Pacific Ocean, do auditions in Hollywood, climb the Malibu mountains and see some beautiful sunsets? That would have been the best option for me, to find myself and to experience life.
But hey! It wasn’t so easy.. I was broke!
This didn’t stop me though. I really wanted to do this. So I started doing some research, talk to people who had traveled before.. and finally found out about the site “Workaway”. It’s a website where you can work in a foreign country in exchange of accommodation and food. It was perfect to save money. So I immediatley signed up and applied to work in a hostel in Los Angeles. A few days later I received an email that approved my work request. So I booked my plane ticket.
The experience I had in the United States was unique, and difficult as well. Don’t forget that I went on my own, at 19 years old, without knowing anyone, without any guarantees but with a lot of doubts. It’s in these situations that you learn so much about the people who surround you, about life, about your family, your friends… but most of all about yourself!
I want to share what I’ve learned, found out, experienced in this journey.
This adventure gave me THE TRAVEL BUG though! Since then, I can’t stop thinking about how much I’ve experienced and how much I still have to discover about myself and about this wonderful world we live in! This was only the start and I won’t stop. Hope you will enjoy my craziness and my adventures!
“To travel is to take a journey into yourself”.