A 79-year-old Miami resident has fulfilled her lifelong dream of touring all over the world.
Luisa Yu has traveled to 193 international locations. Serbia was her final one, marking the tip of her world tour this 12 months.
Yu was born within the Philippines and arrived in St. Louis as an change scholar. She determined to maneuver to Miami, looking for hotter climate.
“It took two buses, three days,” stated Yu. “And right here I’m for greater than 50 years, and I like it. I nonetheless love Miami.”
Her love for journey began in her early 20s, when she determined to discover her new nation.
“I traveled everywhere in the United States, nearly to the 45 states,” Yu instructed NBC6.
Over the subsequent 50 years, Yu visited as many international locations as she might and met numerous individuals of various ages who affectionately referred to as her “Mama.”
“They name me Mama as a result of I’m the oldest, and they’re younger,” she stated.
Lots of the buddies she has made all through her years touring all over the world satisfied her to make Serbia the final nation on her checklist.
“They stated, please make your final journey to Serbia, we’re going to have some occasion for you,” stated Yu. “After I exited the airport, there have been individuals clapping and cheering.”
Yu says that it’s troublesome to decide on her favourite nation, however a few of her favorites are Italy, the Philippines, and Thailand.
When requested what her recommendation is for individuals who need to journey, she stated, “Don’t be afraid, simply go. Don’t watch for anyone, as a result of should you wait, it should by no means occur.”
Yu has gained two awards associated to journey in 2022.
“I gained the Nomad Mania Award final 12 months as probably the most constructive traveler,” she stated. “And the opposite award I gained is from the Philippines, the World Explorer, the Most Journey Explorer Award.”
Yu is popping 80 in a couple of months and feels comfortable for what she has achieved in her life.
“I did fulfill my dream. I used to be in a position to purchase a home by myself. I used to be in a position to journey by myself,” stated Yu. “I’m simply comfortable. I need to thank all of the individuals which were so good and type to me.”