As the end of 2022 quickly approaches, I write this in almost disbelief that not even six months ago, the world was at a complete and utter standstill. Adjusting into the era of a "new normal" begs the question.. what did the world really take away from all of this? Living through those unprecedented times, 7 billion of us experienced unique but similar realities.
Witnessing mandatory lockdowns occur throughout the world, the decline of mental health globally, uncountable job losses, ultimately redefining the work culture and the definition of financial security as a whole. What will the world really take away from all of this? What did you take away from all of this?
Is Travel For You?
I remember seeing my brother leave on an “around-the-world ticket” when I was 15. That was when I knew something like that actually existed, and it was then that I realized that one day I wanted to do the same. I was 21 when I received my booking confirmation for my first backpacking trip. It made me dance around my room uncontrollably :).
When my parents dropped me off at the train station to head to the airport, I sat with my 55-liter backpack next to me, and the train started rolling. I felt a rush of euphoria and excitement, and all I could do was smile :). That was when I undoubtedly knew, this lifestyle was really for me.
Leaving The 9 To 5
The thought of doing my job for the next 40 odd years, with only a 2-week annual holiday to look forward to felt terrifying and dull.
I would have had 75 years+ on this wonderful planet, and what would I have done with my flame of existence? Just let it spurt by and died out? No chance... I intended to flare brightly before my time here is up.
~ Josh Spillet ~
The biggest thing about traveling solo for me is definitely awareness. As a woman, alone, it can honestly be a worrisome experience; to get off a plane, or train and be somewhere completely foreign to you.
Here are some tips that have helped me.
1. Walk with Purpose.
2. Listen to your gut.
3. Repeat after me, I have a boyfriend and he's waiting in the car outside haha :).
~ Krista Rose ~