Taking The Next Step: Looking Back At 2 Years Of Travel
It is amazing how over time a journey can change you, help you see what you are destined to do and how much you find passion in things you never thought would even be of interest. It still baffles me that a few months back I was stirring for something which would fulfill a bucket list item of my own and that evolved into something which brings me such joy each and every day.
Do I travel every day? No.
But does every day have meaning and purpose as new adventures shape up? YES!
But that in itself is only half of the story…
I have learned over the past few months that everything you hear is not true. People aren’t always monsters just waiting to prey on others. A woman can travel alone without fear. Camping in a tent is not always primitive. Friendships can withstand distance and even grow under it. Not everyone is afraid to try new things. And I myself and a lot stronger than I ever imagined.
I have found that the friendships I had before deciding to embark on my journey have strengthened with those around me in many ways. It is easy to be a friend when you are around all the time but to be a friend when you are not is something which displays true friendship.
I have found that people are inspired by the journey because everyone secretly wants to take on adventure though many are not sure how to start.
I have discovered that sometimes you have to just believe in yourself when you are put in a position that you are unfamiliar with and you will be surprised just how much you can actually accomplish.
I have met people who were traveling in retirement as well as weekend warriors just looking to get away. I have seen people of all walks of life, ages and backgrounds. And I have learned that ultimately we all want the same thing….. happiness.
I realize not everyone’s version of happy is the same. Not everyone will load up and take a road trip to spend time camping in a tent they would prefer a bed in a hotel. But the adventure itself is what makes it unique not the vessel for which you lay your head at the end of the day.
Everyone is searching… searching for knowledge, friendship, adventure, clarity, fulfillment, success. We are all traveling in the same world together just in different patterns and routines. Perhaps that is what makes travel for me so exciting because you find people from each and every one of these paths traveling sometimes to the same destinations to search for their own individual thing. And when you do, if you simply reach out you can find greatness together because you realize you are all there for similar purpose and can grow from one another.
But did I think any of this would come into play when I started out on that first road trip? Not at all.
I think I half expected just an epic road trip with a long time friend for both of us to clear our head and let our hair down. Seeing beautiful places and enjoying something out of the ordinary was a given but never did I expect it to teach me something I didn’t even know I wanted to learn.
But my journey has just begun! Now some two years into the adventure of a lifetime my world has evolved. While the journey is the focus I now have discovered how it also is my business and thus I treat it as such. While I have fun I also remain mindful of planning, sharing and helping others to discover how they also can explore their passions for travel.
I cannot predict what the future will hold or the challenges I will overcome. However, I do know that the world is big and I am small and I have a lot to learn along the way. So many people live their life saying they will go or do but never actually take the leap of faith to do so. I, on the other hand, want to live life without regrets going forward.
Big things continue coming…...
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