A lot of the people out there travel blogging seem to be mid-twenty somethings with a pack on their back and $5 in their pocket. I admire the people that graduated from college and instead of joining the corporate rat race packed a bag and left to see the world. The fact that most of them have managed to do that for years is downright impressive. That is not the story that I will be telling.
I am a thirty-something corporate planner who did exactly what was expected and have decided that it isn’t good enough right now. I fully expect to miss having a place to call my own and the comforts of a routine, but for me travel is about mixing up my norm and injecting a little of the unexpected. This leap is immersing myself in the unexpected with the intention of coming out of the other side as more myself. Quite honestly, this will be the first time since college that I won’t be on someone else’s schedule, pursuing someone else’s desires and running on someone else’s hamster wheel. It’s exhilarating, but I would be lying if I said it wasn’t a little scary too, change is rarely easy, but always necessary for personal growth. But being the planner that I am, I have been planning this jump for a while now.
“As I walked out the door towards my freedom, I knew that if I did not leave all the anger, hatred, and bitterness behind, that I would still be in prison”
- Nelson Mandela
So maybe a few of you are wondering how I got here, the short answer is that it started with a job. Frankly, I have spent the last few years working for a place that did it’s best to strip everything from me that makes me an individual (it isn’t personal – they actually do this to everyone). Thankfully, I am made of tougher stuff than that :), but it has been a hard 2 years. Without going into a bunch of detail I will say that I think one of the most amazing things to come out of this situation is that it made me hold tight to my self-identity and give myself permission to love it, even though they clearly did not. I don’t know that I would have ever taken the time to really acknowledge that I am good with who I am, if someone hadn’t been trying to take it from me. So I guess I owe them a bit of thanks for making me realize that I am worth my own admiration and that I have permission to not only like, but love myself.
I consider what I am doing more of a hiatus or sabbatical. The corporate world has taught me a lot about managing expectations, and as my expectation is to travel and explore for 3-4 months and then work again, I know that I won’t be disappointed when I find myself plugged back into the wheel. But for now I am free to just be more myself than I have been in a good while and that feels amazing.
Too much of a good thing can be wonderful – Mae West
I intend to find out if Mae West was right. My travels will be a combination of road-tripping the continental United States and travelling to some distant International destinations which haven’t been practical with the week or so off that I was allotted for vacation time. I am very excited and very much looking forward to sharing those adventures with you. I hope that you stay tuned.
You don’t have to pick up your life and leave everything behind to be a traveler. I hope that my earlier blog posts have shown you that even with the limited time that I have had available over the years I have had the opportunity to have some amazing adventures.
What’s your next adventure?