It’s been almost a year since I first created this blog. One year this month since it first really came to my attention that hey, maybe traveling isn’t just for the rich. Hell, maybe you don’t even need that much money to have that lifestyle and still live reasonably well and be comfortable. It’s been a long year with ups and downs, and a lot of changes of plans. Enough to drive my family and friends a little bit crazy, within reason.
At the beginning of the year, I was a student. I had a plan to stay in school for two years and save up as much as I could and start traveling directly after. At the time, I was on the last semester of academic probation and had to pass with a 2.0 in order to continue, but I wasn’t quite able to make the grades I needed. I did well, just not well enough. Admittedly, it took me a while to get over that, but I’m okay with it now. School isn’t for everyone and it’s definitely not for me… I struggle with it so much and it’s always been something that stressed me out to no end, so not having to deal with being in school might as well be a good thing.
Near the end of last year, I got the bad news that I had to leave the one place in my hometown that sort of felt like home to me, and this broke me down on several levels. I didn’t really know what to do, so I ended up booking a ticket to Canada. I moved back in with my mom when I came back from that mini adventure and been looking for my next adventure basically since the moment I get home and hooked my laptop up.
Originally, my plans for this year included moving to Australia for a year on the working holiday visa. However, my time in Canada changed that… I have a little bit of time before I turn 30, so it’s not really something I need to do this year. Instead, I want to take some time to travel on my own, not really having to worry about finding paid work or money. I want to really experience long term, slow travel through several different countries before having to stay put for a full year. Maybe I will still make it to Australia this year, who really knows? If I do, it won’t be until much later than originally planned. Maybe they’ll have their spider problem taken care of by then! Either way, if I don’t make it there in 2016, it’s definitely on my list for 2017.
One year later, plans are actually starting to come together. My goals are actually becoming something I can put into words, which is actually something that helps me a lot. I always knew where I wanted this to go, but before it was always fairly relative. In the last couple months or so, these ideas and goals have become much more definitive. I know what I want, but I have to admit I am not 100% sure how to get there.
Next week, I am actually attending WITS 2016 (Women In Travel Summit) in Irvine, CA. This is a weekend long conference for women who are in the travel industry or who are hoping to break into the industry (ME!), or just really love traveling (ALSO ME!!!). During that weekend, I hope to meet other people can sort of help me get to where I want to be. I have so many questions, and maybe someone can offer me just the right piece of advice. (Also to note, I will be covering this event here, so keep an eye out for that!)
And of course, this is only the beginning! I can’t wait for the adventures that follow. I would like to take a moment to thank my family, while they haven’t been 100% behind my crazy ideas from the start, they haven’t went so far to try and hold me back as of yet. Considering how sheltered I was growing up, being able to break free from that is more important to me than they know. Also my small handful of friends who have continually inspired me and always have my back no matter how crazy I get. Of course, more experienced travel bloggers, most notably Kristen Sarah of Hopscotch The Globe, Aly from Psycho Traveller, Matt Kepnes of Nomadic Matt and Breezy Baldwin from World Travlr… and many others. And lastly, I’d like to thank the readers, whether you’re new or you’ve been here since day one. I really feel like you’ve become my friends and I can’t wait to let you in on what’s to come.
Here’s to many more years and a lot more growth!