What places would you visit if given the chance to travel the world? I’ve had a list accumulating for sometime, swirling in the background of my mind if ever the opportunity arose. I want to see the cherry blossoms bloom in Kyoto, climb over the tree entangled ruins of Angkor Wat, stand atop the white cliffs that make up the Seven Sisters in England, and hike the Quiraing in the green fairyland called the Isle of Skye in Scotland. I once thought I’d get to see these things over the span of a lifetime and even then they were just dreams. Things I added to a list of somedays and maybes that were put off until the right moment called… until now.
Many things happened to make this dream a reality for me. There were signs to point the way and words of encouragement to get me to where I am today. Now I find myself getting ready to embark on a year long trip around the world. There are times I’m giddy as I book another destination and catch myself raising a fist in the air to some imaginary winning soundtrack of happiness. I find myself choked up with joy at the thought of this upcoming adventure and the good things it could bring. Other times I clench up with fear and anxiety when I think of the unknown and leaving all I know behind. I know deep down that this is what I need and I look forward to seeing what the road brings me. Looking back, I’ve realized that my inner voice has been asking for this for years. It feels wonderful to finally tell it yes.
The course has been set and the journey begins May 31st, 2015. The ever changing itinerary includes: Iceland, Scotland, England, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Japan. Add to that some western areas of the United States such as Alaska, California, and Colorado. Planning has been full of ups and downs like waves, each day shifting and changing. I know things will continue to roll with the tide and one of my goals is to be open to change and to say yes more. I hope my voice on this blog inspires others to find theirs as well. What has your inner voice been telling you? What dream have you put off for too long? All we have is this life, this moment and I want to experience it to the fullest.
To get a glimpse of specific places I’m traveling to, you can view my gorgeous board on Pinterest.