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Lara Daigle

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Hey everyone, I'm Lara! I'm a coffee and comedy-loving, nerdy, introverted, wanderlust theatre artist. Not quite millennial, not quite Gen Z. 

 

I think I always dreamed of going global- I specifically remember having this one Hello Kitty book when I was little that featured different countries and their languages on every page, and it was just one of my most favorite things. We never did more than the driveable beach vacation when I was growing up, but when my senior year marching band trip went to Disney, I caught the bug. Even on a little Spirit Airlines plane I realized- I love flying. After that, and not to sound cliche, study abroad is really what left a huge impact on me. I was lucky enough to go to Arcadia University- a liberal arts institution that deeply values the global experience and has been rated to have one of the top study abroad programs in the country. My freshman year I got to take a course in my second semester that allowed me to go to Ireland for the week of my spring break- I fell in love. After that, I knew I had to go back for a whole semester, and I did just that! In January of my junior year, I jetted off on a cozy overnight flight from Pittsburgh to Boston to Dublin. In a few days, I'd be settled in my apartment in Galway, and for several reasons that I didn't even know yet, my whole life was going to change. 

 

I was a burnt out junior in a BFA program, about one inconvenience away from transferring or dropping out, but in Galway? I had a clean slate. A total fresh start of new courses, my heritage culture to connect to, and an amazing mismatched group of friends that I'd meet and feel more accepted by than I'd ever experienced before. I fell in love with the grey skies and cobble-stoned streets. I was amazed by the concept of taking a $50 roundtrip flight to another country. I got to see sights I'd only ever read about or saw in pictures. I got to stand on the eastern coast of the Atlantic that my ancestors chose to leave some 200 years ago. It was glorious. And then- March 2020 happened. Yep, I was studying abroad at the beginning of the pandemic. After impromptu tattoos, painful goodbyes, and wasting all of my remaining minutes on hold with airlines, there I was back at home. 

 

But I was changed. That mental reset I received from letting go and going abroad made me grow and change so much for the better.  As an acting student, I was lucky enough to have professors that supported the notion of taking a break from theatre to experience another country. I'm so happy I listened to my mentors because, well, I found myself when I studied abroad. And now I'm so much better for it!

 

I want to help you find yourself the way I was able to. We millennials and zillennials have been born into a society where it really does feel like the generations before us were coming into adulthood in much better circumstances, or even that our peers in other places have those now. We're tired, we're poor, we need a break. Getting outside of our draining bubbles and seeing the world gives us the refresh and reset that we need- and yes, it is accessible to us! Go while you're young. Go before you have roots down, a mortgage payment (if you're lucky enough to have one!), or a family to take care of. But hey, even if that's not your situation, it's not too late! I believe anyone can make a dream travel fantasy happen for them, no matter their age or circumstances. Get in touch! I would love to help craft your next life-changing journey.

 

Favorite Destinations:

Ireland

Prague (Czech Republic)

Colorado

New York City

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