A year ago I moved to Canada for eight months. I took my first long-haul flight, met some amazing people and experienced things I only ever imagined in my wildest dreams. I saw Niagara Falls, went dog sledding and spent a weekend in a teepee with the most beautifully spirited indigenous native Canadians. I never thought I would be able to do all these things and more until I was in full time employment and raking in the pennies. But when you think about it, now is the best time to do these things if you can. Full time employment can be so restrictive. A mortgage ties you down. Children take over your life.
Now I can’t stop thinking about my next destination. Australia. India. America. Once I broke my fear of a long haul flight, it was like walls came crashing down and my horizons expanded. It sounds cheesy but it’s so true! I’m constantly looking online for cheap deals to go somewhere new. I don’t even have the time regardless of the money! I’m also lucky to have a wonderful person by my side who loves travelling as much as I do. Who encourages me to open my eyes and expand my comfort zones. (Bring on winter skiing season 2018). Without him, my adventurous spirit would still be sleeping.
Those of you who have traveled far and wide will know how I feel. If you don’t, book a ticket. As far away as you can afford, to somewhere unlike anywhere you’ve ever been. The world is an incredible place with so much beauty – I’ll never be satisfied until I’ve seen it all.
“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai