Dear girls of the world: say yes to traveling for ...

Dear girls of the world: say yes to traveling for love

Dear girls of the world,

Book the ticket, go ahead. There’s a man, he asks you to follow him around the world, he asks you to leave things behind, to take a chance on him. You’re not sure. I understand, it’s a big risk. What if it doesn’t work out? Would it all have been for nothing? Perhaps, like me, you’ve always been one of those women with a plan, goals that you want to achieve at each point in your life, and this certainly was never part of the plan.

Seven years ago I met that man. We were studying abroad in Switzerland for a semester; he’s from the UK, I’m from the US. It was a whirlwind four month romance like I’d never experienced. It felt wild and reckless. He was like an addiction. For a year and a half afterwards we sent letters, packages, cards and emails. We Skyped and paid too much for international text messages. We made long trips to each other’s countries and counted down the days until we could finish our degrees and see each other again.

The only trouble was, we had no idea how that was actually going to happen. I can’t just move to the UK, the same for him to America. It seemed like as soon as one barrier came down, another surfaced.


“Let’s go to New Zealand.” he said.

“And do what?” I asked.

“Be together.” he said.

We had no idea what we were going to do. We didn’t have jobs lined up or lots of savings to fall back on. All we had was each other. We’d never lived together before, hardly ever traveled together. We were in love, but was it all because absence was making the heart far fonder? Or would it last once the distance between us was eliminated?

It was only supposed to be for a year. In that time we would figure out a more long term plan, figure out where we could live and be together. I bit the bullet, much against what my brain and perhaps some of the people around me thought was the best decision, and I booked that one way flight to Auckland.


We met each other in the Hong Kong airport. It was utterly unromantic. We couldn’t find each other, Luke called me after we’d both been wandering around the airport for an hour. He sat in Burger King while I headed his way. It was a sign, I thought at the time. But the moment I was back in his arms after eight months apart I knew I’d made the right decision, but it was one that would change the course of my entire life. Since New Zealand, we’ve lived and traveled through Australia, South Korea and much of South East Asia. We haven’t ever made plans that lasted longer than a few months. I suddenly became this spontaneous person that I didn’t know existed within me.

What I figured out during that year away was that my future didn’t have to be set, it didn’t have to be perfectly packaged or planned. When I got on that plane to New Zealand I said yes to adventure, to excitement and the unexpected. Most important, I said yes to him.

who travels for love

Laura Bronner is an American writer who can’t sit still. After graduating from college she set off on what was meant to be a year of travel. That was over five years ago and she’s still on the move. Since then she’s lived in New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and now balances her time between the US and Europe in search of the next place to call home. Catch up with her adventures on her blog or head over to Instagram (@collectinglabels) for daily updates.

  1. Stefan

    30 January

    Dear Gays of the World – I wholeheartedly agree with everything in this post!! 7 years ago (as well!) I met the cutest guy in London but he was from France. Ok the distance isn’t as big as UK/US but we both had serious wanderlust and 7 years later we’re still going strong 🙂

  2. Wooww! Love and a promise of a whole new adventure–how can you say no to that? Meeting someone always bears a purpose. And you wouldn’t know that if you don’t take chances. Great read! 🙂

  3. Danna Peña

    30 January

    How inspiring! Absolutely loved reading this. Life is definitely too short and too beautiful to not take any risks. So pleased to find out that you’re a Filipina, too!

    • Trisha Velarmino

      31 January

      Hey Danna! Yes, I am! But the one who wrote this is an American. 🙂 Thanks for reading! Xx

  4. Kim-Ling

    31 January

    What an inspiring and wonderful story! I love the idea of being spontaneous and travelling anywhere with the love of your life 🙂

  5. Love reading your travel story from top to bottom. I am so happy that you were able to travel because of love. It’s a very nice story!

  6. Alice Teacake

    31 January

    Damn girl! I can’t help but be a bit envious! You totally made it work: hats off to you 🙂 It’s just a lovely story and I wish you guys all the best in the future.

  7. Hugo

    31 January

    What a nice story. Almost felt like in a movie while reading this!

  8. Mar

    1 February

    I always thought it is best to follow your heart and what better way to travel the world than for love? childish or irresponsible? maybe but what can you lose?

  9. Dariece

    1 February

    Aww! What a beautiful (and inspirational) love story! Thanks for sharing. I’m sure it felt so risky at the time, but sometimes all it takes is making that leap to find out things often have a way of working out exactly as they’re meant to!

    • Thank you so much, Dariece! It definitely felt like a huge risk at the time, but one that has changed my life in so many incredible ways!

  10. Cherri Megasko

    1 February

    Awww, what a wonderful love story! I love what you said about realizing that your life didn’t have to be planned and set. That was an issue I had in an “earlier life” as well. But once I let go of that need to always have a plan, my life became fun. I’m very happy for you!!

  11. Vicky and Buddy

    1 February

    I absolutely love this! If you hadn’t said yes, you would have always wondered “what if” and that’s a horrible feeling. Keep having those adventures and loving with all your heart!

    • You’re totally right – I would always wonder what might have been. I definitely made the right choice for me 🙂

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