As a twenty-four year old woman, I often get backlash when I tell friends and family what my future plans are. Never quite content with sitting still, the remarks I got when revealing my current adventure were some of the harshest yet. “I’m going to Colombia,” was met with, “What?” “Why?” and, “No, you’re not.” Let me try to put some minds to ease.
Because I am going to Colombia and I couldn’t be more excited. Perhaps Lonely Planet says it better than I ever will:
Forget everything you’ve ever heard about Colombia – especially when the people telling you have never been here. For decades demonized, today Colombia is a safe, affordable, accessible and utterly thrilling destination.
Of course I can’t give recommendations, suggestions, or advice about Colombia quite yet, but I can assure everyone reading that this culture isn’t quite the way most imagine it to be. Sure, every country has problems, and no destination is absolutely safe. With common sense and caution, every traveler can go to and from most countries without threat of danger.
While I understand your concerns, and I promise not to be reckless, I can’t help but count down until the day I depart, only to return with yet another country I’ve fallen hopelessly in love with.