I’m back. I was MIA for a while because, as Sod’s Law would have it, the minute I made my commitment to go travelling, and started planning in earnest, work became super busy. I was also struggling with certain relationships in my life but, underneath it all, the desire to spread my wings was still burning – so here I am.
In a way, I feel that all that’s happened recently has taken place to test my resolve. It’s as if life is saying ‘Oh, so you think you’re finally ready to go? Are you finally gonna put some actions behind your words? Well, let’s see..’ And you know what? I truly am. Being busy at work is great, but I’ve realised there will never be an ‘ideal’ time to leave to go travelling. I just have to do it. To that extent, the planning is now back in full force.
Another factor that’s helped confirm my feeling that I’m on the right path is that I’ve now got a few travelling buddies to accompany me on certain parts of my journey, and I couldn’t be happier about that. As I’ve mentioned before, I find it incredibly hard to not only be away from home for long periods of time, but also to do so on my own. If I can take a piece of home with me, (preferably in the shape of a friend), then it will make the travels so much easier. I used to be ashamed of admitting that I didn’t like being away from home, but I’ve come to realise that that’s just a part of who I am – it’s what makes me ‘me’, and I accept it wholeheartedly.
So. Back to the planning. At the moment I’m planning a mixture of self-planned travels with friends, and guided tours/expeditions, which I feel like will give me the best of both worlds, and help me to experience lots of different places and situations. The most important thing is that I want to be surrounded by people, and get properly immersed into different cultures, rather than just being a traditional tourist. From learning Spanish for so long, and studying Aztec/Inca/Maya culture at uni, I feel an immense pull towards Central/South America, hence why they’re at the top of my list! Pinterest pictures just won’t do anymore – I want to see it for myself!
All in all, my excitement for my travels remains just as strong as ever. It can be so easy at the moment to fear the world, to want to stay in the safety (as relative as that is nowadays) of your bubble, but as long as you’re vigilant, I don’t think we should let the actions of a few affect our plans. The only way to stop more barriers, physical or figurative, being created is to leap over them yourself, and see what’s on the other side.
Until next time…