“Today is the first day of the rest of your life”. We hear this line all the time, and it’s easy to dismiss as a standard cliche. However, today it happens to be stuck in my mind like an 80’s song I just can’t shake loose from. Today is a true turning point for me, because today I changed my path. I took a bunch of deep breaths, reassured myself in every way I could and sat down for a chat with my boss. The theme of that chat…I am leaving my comfortable job, comfortable home and comfortable belongings behind to go travelling until my money runs out. It sounds a little crazy at first, but looking back, it seems that my whole life has been building to a decision like this. I have always loved to travel, to learn about places and cultures that are new to me. For a long time, I thought I was able to satisfy this wanderlust with 2 week journeys, weekend getaways and the travel I did for work. But the list of places I long to see and experience just keeps growing. Faster then I can keep up with. And my birthdays keep ticking by. Faster then I can keep up with. And while planning my latest 2 week journey to China, I began to think that 2 weeks just isn’t enough. And if I’m already in China, why not see Vietnam, or Laos, or Cambodia, or…then the list snuck up on me. I was a bit afraid of the thought of a lengthy trip at first, but slowly opened my eyes to the bigger picture. I am in the perfect position to actually do a long trip…a very long trip. Once I realized that, I also realized that ignoring this opportunity is something I could potentially regret for a very long time. So I took this idea to my parents to discuss, and to potentially be told I’m nuts. But that’s not what they said. In fact, no one has said that yet. Everyone I have talked to about this idea seems to think it is a pretty amazing opportunity. Now that I have seen that it is doable, it’s not something I can turn away from.
So, here’s the plan. I am leaving Vancouver in January to head back to Ontario for a month to spend time with my family. Then I’m off to LA to spend time with my Southern California folks. After that I am inserting a pause between my standard adult life and my travelling life with a week in Rarotonga (laying on the beach, hiking, more beach time, some sleeping, and maybe a little more beach). After that, the adventure really gets going. I am going to head to New Zealand and work my back towards Canada via Australia, Thailand, China, Laos, India, Europe, Africa…and who knows where else. I have some pretty good ideas of where I want to go, but making a lot of plans will mean changing a lot of plans. So, I am going to just keep going until I either run out of money or am ready to head home. That could be after 3 months, it could take a year, or even longer. There are people I will meet up with as I go (Jen, Amy, Nate, Erin…that’s you!) and there are certainly people I will just meet and wander with. It’s an adventure and plenty can change, but that is the general plan at this point. Crazy, eh?
Now I just have to figure out how this whole blogging thing works. 🙂