I’ve spent a lot of hours thinking about taking off and seeing the world. What’s stopped me? Probably all the excuses in the book.
No money. I want to concentrate on my job. I want to buy a place. I want to move abroad. I’m afraid of getting murdered with a machete. I’m in a relationship where we don’t want the same things. I don’t have anyone to go with. Did I mention no money?
In the last quarter of 2012 I found myself with nothing left to lose. Not in the sense that I didn’t care if I lived or died, but that I had run out of excuses. Okay, I still had no one to go with but that wasn’t going to stop me anymore. I made a serious decision in my heart and mind that this was what I wanted to do and I wasn’t going to let anything stop me.
I decided to give myself one year to save up enough money. I decided where I wanted to go and for how long and I worked out my budget and how much I could definitely save.
So here I am now and I’m so looking forward to the journey ahead. Even the planning and researching gives me butterflies! I know it’s not all going to be sunshine and cupcakes (or possibly any cupcakes for that matter). I’m aware I’ll probably get Delhi belly, feel lost and alone and feel absolutely overwhelmed especially after living inside the bubble known as Malta; but I can’t wait to stick a pin in the bubble and hear it ‘pop’. It’s going to be one hell of a ride!
Travelling is all I’ve ever really wanted to do but when it comes down to it, making a plan is really not that simple! It’s easy to say ‘I want to go to India’ and ‘I’ve always wanted to visit Angkor Wat’ but actually creating an itinerary is no easy feat.
So we’ll do this one step at a time.
Where will I be going?
January: Laos – 1 month
February: Vietnam – 1 month (Volunteering too)
March: Cambodia – 1 month (Volunteering too)
April: Thailand – 1 month (Possibly Volunteering too)
May: Nepal – 1 month (Volunteering too)
June: Ghana – 1 month (Volunteering too)
July: Kenya – 1 month (Volunteering too)
August: Organised trip through Africa – 2/3 months
November/December: India – 1/2 months (Possibly Volunteering too)
Everything is subject to change however this is pretty much how it looks at the moment and I’m really looking forward to sewing everything together.
When I was younger my Mum told me something that stuck.
She said ‘Don’t get married, just travel the world’. I guess I knew just how significant that advice would be because I’ve remembered it til this day. It was only when I was eighteen that I travelled anywhere other than to Malta for our family holidays though. I’m half Maltese so we used to visit my mums half of the family during the summer.
The first country I travelled to was Ireland. Not the most exotic of locations but it was absolutely beautiful and is probably still one of my favourite countries. I’ll definitely go there again when the opportunity arises. It feels like a lifetime ago but that journey opened my eyes to just how incredible the world really is and that around every corner is a new story, a new set of colours, a new scenery, a new world. It’s also the country which sparked my love for photography.
I guess I have a lot to thank you for Ireland ❤