My name is Zeline, I am the founder of Sueños De Una Viajera. I’m Dominican American born into the struggle of assimilation. For the first five years of my life, my family lived with relatives and friends, it was rough. We didn’t gain financial freedom easily but my mother found what she saw as an opportunity as a housekeeper. Something is something?
Growing up, I struggled with my identity. I went through a lot of phases in search of who I was. The in-betweens were rough emotionally. I didn’t have a clear understanding of who I was or who I was meant to be in life. I went through a few heartbreaks, but somehow gracefully smiled regardless of the pain and discomfort. Educationally, I have accomplished a lot, but at times I feel unaccomplished. I went through hell in the educational system and while most thought I was smart, many said I wasn’t, well talk about that later.
My father and I don’t have the greatest relationship even though we do talk, It’s like we got to talk, no? He’s my dad. My dad once told that I shouldn’t go to college, que machista! I should stay home and do what women do, while he is proud now (of course, momma did all the work), what he doesn’t know is that marked me for the rest of my life because my life became a competition with everything and at times that was rough and its not good for your inner being.
I started to travel to forget words of impact. Words I heard my mother and dad say to each other as a child, words from men who claimed they loved me, and situations with friends that went sour, so basically everything that happens in life. I have traveled to 19 countries and approximately 9 states in the search of my purposes and I quickly learned that travel was a new found cultural experience that broke barriers for me, financially and spiritually, so why not share it with my community. With Sueños De Una Viajera I am cultivating our story and our fun travel experiences, our personal and spiritual growth through travel, and everything in between. While you may travel for fun, I wish my insight will open your perspective and reflect on how you got where you are or how can we help you get there.
While traveling to Panama, I connected with my spirituality and learned about the socio-economic struggle many Panamanians go through in the inner city. I’m also learning how to manage my personal life, work, travel, and getting out of my comfort zone. While I save for travel, I have my own financial struggles because I think we can agree that New York City is not cheap! I work full-time, I am a wife, a sister, a best friend, tia, and who knows could eventually be a mother. With our community page, I would like to change the narrative in travel and guide young Latinx to travel.
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