Colombia’s Heartland, “You have to go somewhere to make a dream come true,” says Irena, a Colombian college student who came to the United States to study and never left. In a country where 1 in every 4 people lives below the poverty line, dreams like this one are few and far between. So when a journalism scholarship opportunity arose, Irena applied and was accepted.
Not only did she get the opportunity to travel to a new city, study journalism, and live in a new country all in one fell swoop, but she also got to do it while working as a summer intern with the Department of Corrections.
That’s right: She worked with the same officials who keep people safely locked up for years. Even more amazing? She was only there for a single week!
You see, Irena’s internship was a two-day stint, working for corrections officer Matt Buckley and visiting him at a local prison. It was a dream come true and she couldn’t wait to start her new job.
What is a Travel Diary?
A travel diary is a journal-like account of your travel experiences, often focusing on your impressions, thoughts, and the things you love about each destination.
You can take a journey through time, visiting places that have a very specific feel and history all your own. You can record your travel experiences in a travel diary and share them with the world.
The travel diary can provide you with insight into other travelers and how they experience a destination.
Travel for a living is not for everyone …
Many people dream of traveling, but they don’t know where to start. They may not know where to start looking because they’ve never traveled before and they don’t know how to go about it the right way. In particular, people who are new to travel may not know how to research a destination, find the best deal, or selection- choosing what they want to visit based on what they think they would like to see and how long they would like to stay. There are a few things you can do to help ease some of these concerns. First, you can try searching for travel opportunities near where you live. Visitors to your hometown are likely to find plenty of opportunities to visit local attractions. If you’re interested in a particular destination, you can use a travel agent as your guide. They’re usually good at finding the best deal and can help plan your trip.
But for Irena
Irena was no stranger to travel before she set out on her internship. Growing up in Colombia, she’d visited 19 countries and completed a European Exchange Program in Germany.
But her senior year at high school, her father), who worked as a surgeon, was offered a job in Chile and the family had to move. Irena, who was studying psychology, transferred to a school in Miami and spent her junior year there.
After high school, she worked as a summer intern in Miami with the Department of Corrections.
Working conditions in Colombia
Colombia has a long way to go when it comes to human rights and promoting equality between the sexes.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to combat these issues and help move the country in the right direction. One of them is through the work of a traveling journal.
A traveling journal is a diary that a traveler keeps while traveling to a specific destination. It records the thoughts, experiences, and scenes that capture his or her attention.
Travel diaries are usually spiral-bound and often include photographs, maps, and writing on various topics related to the destination.
Travel diaries are often filled with opinions, photos, and interesting facts about the place being visited. They are also useful for people planning vacations and business trips because they can give you insight into the culture and history of a place you’re visiting.
Travel diaries can be used for many purposes besides travel. You can use them as a snapshot of your life at a particular moment in time, as a reference for future trips, or as a journal to keep track of your vacation. Whatever you choose to do with it, keep in mind that a travel diary is like a journal but for traveling.
Colombia has a long way to go
Despite the many advantages that Colombia has to offer, there are still areas where progress is needed.
The first one is in the area of human rights. Colombia has a long way to go when it comes to equality between the sexes, freedom of the press, and other freedom-related issues.
Other areas where Colombia has a long way to go include public health and the quality of basic services such as education and transportation.
But Matt Buckley knows the way
Traveling is an experience in and of itself and while you can learn a lot about a place by looking at the photos and reading the texts in a travel diary, you can also learn a lot by talking to other travelers.
On the last day of her trip
On the last day of her trip, Irena headed to Bogotá, the largest city in Colombia. She planned to visit the Museum of the History of Women, the National Museum of Anthropology, and a couple of other museums.
The blog was full of photos, stories, and information that Irena had never even thought to look into. She was blown away by the kindness of her fellow travelers and she knew she had to keep writing.
When it comes to traveling, you never know what experiences you’ll have and what you might miss. Whatever you do, make sure you put your travel journal away and open your mind to new experiences.