My work went sour a couple months back, so i decided to forget starting another career in the uk.
Im now doing a TESOL and as soon as its over in november im going to central, south america, and asia / australasia
im very excited but nervous, as never travelled anywhere on my own.
Im gonna be 29 soon and i literally have nothing, but at least no debt.
I will take it easy for a bit then i want to use my TESOL to stay in some of my favourite places longer. Ideally somewhere warm and near a nice beach. Its interesting to see that others have done or thought about similar things and love it
My next trip is next week/ Travelling to the UK, Scotland. I have to use up the rest of my vacation time, so Scotland it is for 10 days. Looked at all the activities going on there, and found a Marathon to run (what else?) so I'm off to the Highlands. It’s great to pick a vacation where you can do what you like at the time u needs it to be there. I'll be travelling to Scotland alone. I'm sure I'll make some acquaintances there. My second trip going it solo, Egypt was my first. Well, here we go...
Where in Scotland are you going?
Inverness, the Loch Ness Marathon is 5th Oct.
Congratulations on your decision to get out there and really see the world! In my mind, it certainly is far from irresponsible! In fact, I would go so far as to say that you owe it yourself as a person in these times to see the rest of the world and try and understand other countries. The world is becoming so mixed, and even in some ways homongenous, that travelling is almost a responsible thing to do I think.
I did the whole "Leave It All Behind and Take Off" thing. Left a good job, sold my car, tied off all the loose ends at home, saved up some money and hit the road. I spent about a year on Travellerspoint first planning and picking everyone's brains. I booked a flight to Lima and two nights accommodation to begin with and that was it! Other than that, i had little or no plan. And what a freedom that was! Terrifying and exhilarating - like nothing I had ever done before. Going solo was a real test, and the best thing I have ever done in my life so far by a mile
Plans fall apart. Just go. Go with an open mind and a good spirit and doors will open for you every day. The world out there is full of friends you haven't met yet, experiences completely new, meals you've never tasted, music you've never danced to, men you've never kissed, mountains you've never climbed...you get the picture
My advice -- even if you're not the documenting type, try and keep a journal (however sporadic). It's a wonderul thing to look back on when you've returned.
Good luck and all the best on your travels
I love traveling on a whim, and strongly strongly encourage everyone and anyone to do so at least once in their lives. My traveling started almost a year ago to date. It was New Years eve and I was with a deadbeat boyfriend going down a dead end road. We sat there, his friend, himself and I, in a stuffy living room watching the ball drop from times square on a tiny tv screen. I was all dressed up and ready for a great night, but they got to stoned to move from their seats. I didn't even get a New Year kiss. From that moment I made the best decision in my life. I grabed my jacket, cried tears of fear, hurt, and freedom. I booked my ticket to California that night. I wanted to be as far from that life as I could, and 3,000 miles across the country would do. I left my apartment, my cat and all of my belongings to roomates and family and packed 3 suitcases. I lived on friends couches all around california before getting a job in Hollywood and apartment in Longbeach. Life was great, and great things kept happening. 3 months later, I fell onto a job on a private yacht that ended up taking me to British Columbia. I didn't even have a passport ( as most americans don't). This was a shocker to the rest of the crew, who from all over the world, have all done their share of traveling. We would stay up at night talking about all the great places they were from and where they have been, and it came clear to me. I needed to stop trying to find a husband and a great carreer and find myself. I had to do this by loosing myself in the world i was so ignorant to. After spending some time in Canada, I went to South Africa to volunteer with the wildlife, came home for a week and felt like I was in Prison. I remembered something about a working holiday visa in australia, applied that day, booked my flight 3 days later. I will be staying there for a year starting in january. I don't have much money left, so I'll be living frugile and working as much as possible. I'm excited and frightend at the same time, but I live for doing what frightens me. I don't know what to expect, but i know to expect some great stories to bring home.
Cheers to those of you out there like me!!!
p.s I'm spending New Years this year IN Times Sqaure New York City!! with a handsome Englishman who's flying overseas to see me, so I'll be sure to get my New Years kiss
i feel like i have been telling myself to just pack and leave for close to a decade now . . . maybe one day i'll find the courage to just take off!