WHO AM I
Welcome to Barb Goes Places! If it’s not obvious enough, my name is barb and I travel around quite a bit. I was born in Paris, France and came to the U.S. when I was very young. My entire life I’ve been completely in love with the process of traveling as well as how it shapes you as an individual. As a little kid, my eyes would fill with tears driving past the airport wishing I could be on my way to any destination. And so, as I grew up, I took every opportunity to travel as much as possible. Along with all of that, I tend to find myself in very story-worthy adventures, especially when I travel solo (which isn’t as scary as you might think). Therefore, I figured it was time to share my stories with the world!
In order for my life to really make sense, I’ll have to tell you a little bit about my family history. My family is originally from former Yugoslavia, that is before the civil war that completely reorganized the region into separate countries. During the war, my dad and his band were offered a record deal in Paris, France, so they took the opportunity and fled the country to pursue their dreams. Soon enough, I came into the picture! We lived in Paris, then the coast of Croatia, and ended up in Tampa, Florida - where I would spend the majority of my life. Every since I was born, I’ve been somewhat of a nomad. I'm constantly looking for the destination I would finally call "home", because the suburbs just didn't cut it for me. I grew an attachment to airports and airplanes at a really young age. My favorite movie was The Terminal with Tom Hanks when he was “forced” to live in an airport for a while. All I wanted to do was travel and thankfully my family shared that interest with me. We spent our summers traveling as much as we possibly could in the time we had.
Now that I'm an college student with a lot of free time, I have the freedom to travel alone and travel often! My way of traveling has become that of a wannabe local. I do as much as I can to get to know the city for what it is, as well as the people who call it home. Taking notes as I talk to cab drivers and following locals into their choice of bars has become a norm for me when I’m abroad. Not to mention every possible obstacle that comes with traveling by plane, bus, and train. I figured, why not share all these experiences with the world! Feel free to follow me on my journeys.