“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
Let me introduce myself properly.
I’m Valentina Sheridan. I’m a waitress, writer-in-training, traveler, happy learner and a seeker. I write for travelers like me, that want to embrace the world on a low budget while working abroad.
I’ve been traveling with my family since I was really little and my first solo flight (accompanied by a flight attendant) was at the early age of 5.
During elementary school, around the age of 10, we studied Australia, with the awesome animals and beautiful landscapes. From that day I had a dream: I wanted to go to Australia! My dream was a bit far away since I’m from Italy, the other side of the world.
Time passed and I started traveling around Europe with family and friends during holiday breaks, but my secret dream was still there.
When people asked me what I wanted to do in my life the answer always seemed so obvious to me: I wanted to travel the world! I wanted to see places, get to know cultures and different languages, meet people from different countries, hear stories of different lifestyles, play and take care of animals that not necessarily are dogs or cats and see if the water in the toilet really goes the other way in the other side of the world.
The faces of the people when I told them what I wanted to do were pretty confused.. “Why can’t you just be like everybody else?” (This was my grandma). I understood what she meant just a couple of years ago. For her, like for my friends and the rest of the family, was (and still is) difficult to understand why so young I don’t have a “plan”, why I don’t want to find a real job (I’m a waitress, but apparently this is not a job), why I’m not interested in having a family (one day I would love one to travel with me, but there’s plenty of time for that), why not buy a house, why I don’t go to university (I’m actually thinking about this).
I’ve been told that to travel you have holidays. Let’s say I have one months holiday… I wouldn’t know where to go!!! Where do you go for one week? And for one month? How do you get to know the place? And the people? I would never move from Europe!! It took me one month to see and understand a little bit Bangkok and I still have a lot to see in this city (I’m definitely a slow traveler).
It took me years to be brave enough to leave everything and go but finally, in 2013, I made it, my first solo trip started, Australia here I come!
Since then I traveled throw Australia and I ended up falling is love with South East Asia. I’ve been traveling throw Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia so far, but the world is to big to stop. I’ve been back to Italy just for a couple of moths (had to make family and friends happy) since the start of my solo trip and I’m not sure if I’ll ever want to go back again.
Other bits & pieces about me.
I was born in Pisa. I’m currently traveling throw South East Asia. My hair is naturally brown but I like to change it frequently. I love food, beer, airports, road trips, books, all kinds of music (from classical to house to punk), postcards from around the globe, surprises (the good kind), meeting new people, the sea, the sunsets, diving, and any opportunity to grow. I love to dance, meet new people and enjoy the life to the fullest.
Thank you for visiting my corner of the Internet.
I hope that you find something here that makes your day a little better than it was before.