Okay. Not going to lie. Part of me still daydreams about picking up my life and traveling some more. I want to sell my car, get rid of my apartment, say goodbye to the love of my life, goodbye to my friends and goodbye to my life. As plenty of you know by now, I suffer from a fear of missing out. There is just so much world and so much life. Years ago, especially after the man that I thought was the love of my life and I had decided to call it quits, I was devastated. I thought that my calling in life was to get married and have children. I wanted more than anything to get married and have children. But, the older I am and the more experiences that I have garnered, the more that getting married and having children seems like a foreign concept to me. It just seems so empty, so mundane and so basic and it is entirely the opposite of the things that I want right now. Right now, all I want to do is have some fun. Pun intended, and breathe life into my soul.
Sometimes I notice or feel as if I am getting bored with life. As if there is more out there that I am not seeing or simply not embracing. And it does not take much for me to easily get inspired. All I have to do is take a look at someone else’s travel blog. That just about does it for me. If anything, Instagram has truly instilled in me the ultimate fear of missing out. There is always, and I mean always going to be something else to do, something else to see and new friends to meet.
Traveling has pushed me to my limits and forced me out of my comfort zone. It has caused me to depend on myself and become somewhat of a problem solver. It has helped me break language barriers and understand different cultures, diverse cultures, and that is something that I never want to let go. I like that travel makes me more marketable.
That being said, I also like the comforts of stability. I have always been that way. And I actually like what I do for work. But I turn 29 in just a few months, and after that, I will be 30 a year later. The big 3-0. Let me just say, that so far, at age 28, I have had an amazing 28 years of life. And I mean amazing. Sure their have been some ups and downs, but I have always come through it. I have had some incredible opportunities, and I would not change any of it.
As you might remember from a few posts a while back, here are just some of the experiences that I have had in the past 28 years:
- I am a former figure-skater. So yes, I can do toe-loops and loops and the whole shebang
- I was a dancer for 16 years of my life
- I have swam with dolphins
- I have gone white river rafting
- I have gone parasailing
- I have gone zip lining
- I have been to the following states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine, New York, Maryland, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Florida, Louisiana, California, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Georgia, Tennessee, Illinois,
- I have been to the following Countries: Bahamas, Jamaica, US, Canada, France, Spain, Italy, England, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria
- After this year, 2018, I would have also been to Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam, Honduras and possibly (insert South American Country Here)
And honestly, one of my major goals is to step foot on the major 6 continents before my 30th birthday. If Southeast Asia and South America go according to plan, that will mean I only have to go to Ocenia and Africa. But oh the choices and oh where to go.
That leads me to this; yes, I do have quite a bit of traveling in 2018 alone, in spite of having a 9-5 job. Nevertheless, I would like to create and put together my own wander year, again, in spite of having a full time job. I do not know how I am going to make it work, but I am going to make it work. I mean I want my last year of my twenties to be epic. Super fucking epic (pardon my language there). I have short listed, however, a few places that I would like to go during the wander year, or year of the CAT–Greece (especially Santorini. I have heard that views are absolutely breath taking. I may want to move back there or eventually retire there. Plus, I have always been inspired by the Mediterranean diet. I would like to go to Portugal, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and somewhere in Africa. Again that all depends on time and how well I can maximize my vacation days.
So come along with me on that journey. Life’s too short. But, one of my favorite quotes as you must know now is, “you only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough” #YOLO.