“I travel not to escape life but for life not to escape me”
As I share month eight of the travel challenge #take12trips, I am drawn again to the quote above. These days when people (including my family) call me, the first thing they ask is which country I am in. For others they even go as far as asking which timezone I am currently gracing. It has now become the norm, my mum always used to say my child seat your back side down. I recently learned that she is actually proud of my travels and is living through me. All of her friends know I am always on the move and every time I speak to them or they hear me speaking to mum they will ask her again which time zone.
Seating here sharing month eight of my travel challenge, it got me thinking of how much travel has changed me as a person and how much it had opened my eyes. I have always been culturally forward and love learning & embracing other cultures but it is not until you get to experience another culture that you realise just how similar most cultures are and yet very distinctive too.
Since sharing month seven of the travel challenge, I have been to three countries: Paris, France; Primostek, Slovenia and Dublin, Ireland. To say June was a totally busy month for me would be an understatement. I spent 3 of the 4 weekends in June abroad and for July have been once with another trip planned for last weekend of the month.
Please do not take this post as bragging (though I do want to brag sometimes) but this has been as a result of me making a huge change in my life. After university I was stricken with so much debt I could barely see the end of the tunnel. I was living paycheck to paycheck trying to pay off my debt, that somehow I forgot how to live and enjoy life.
I made a decision to live as if tomorrow was my last, I am by no means living recklessly but I am putting me first and doing the #take12trips travel challenge has been my way of living by my decision. The fact that I am sharing month eight of this challenge tells me I made the right decision.
I did not abandon paying of my debt and being responsible, I abandon living for the future instead embraced what I can see today and not what is not promised me. I took positive steps towards my own happiness instead of waiting on people to do that for me. I chose the present me and not the me that I will be in the future. I chose to live with no regrets and whilst I can, I choose to travel and see the world.
Do not let the ‘uncertain’ future be a handicap instead embrace today, live for today and love the you today.
And that is month eight of the #take12trips travel challenge, 4 more to go.