People travel for many reasons – to escape something, to see the world to discover themselves to name a few. The truth is I have started to realise I haven’t seen and done everything I want to in my life. I want for once to do something for me, discover who I am, put myself first as selfish as that seems, instead of doing what others want me to do.
I have been thinking about travelling solo for a while but never had the guts to do it until now.
Why now? Lots of things have changed recently in my life I have relocated, changed careers, had more time to think and the unfortunate death of a friend/colleague who I thought would honestly live forever made me realise, I am not immortal or invincible and I can’t wait for fate to deal me a decent hand, I’ve got to go and get it myself!
I know it is a bit of a cliche to say that a film or book inspire me to finally get my act together, but in this case it really is true. On a flight back from Orlando to London this year I started watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and it suddenly dawned on me. I was Walter Mitty. Always the responsible sensible one, never saying no, always willing to help others and then there’s the daydreaming. I can ( like Walter Mitty) have a full blown daydreams whilst driving the car and wonder how I ever got to the destination in the first place. They would often be about travel and discovering new things.
I guess more often than not, as in most peoples cases, there was always something stopping me that was simply more important for me to spend my money on. Walter Mitty really got to me (well done Ben Stiller) it’s message burnt into my soul. I saw similarities to Walter Mitty in myself that made me evaluate what I was doing, from both of us scribbling accounts down in a notebook to us, working in a creative industry and looking for love on eharmony. It was truly scary.
So here I am at the beginning of my adventure. I am not quite ready to go completely on my own really need to build my confidence up. Don’t get me wrong I have travelled a fair bit of the world but never entirely by myself, I have always met up or travelled with people I know. So I’m taking small steps. To that end I have joined a tour group called Trek America. They specialise in group travel for 18-38 year olds around America, Canada and Latin America. It is also a great way to meet people.
From Friday I’m off to see America (and a tiny bit of Canada) the Trek lasts for 64 days and I get to see so many National Parks and famous landmarks which I am really excited about but I am really quite apprehensive about it all, mostly about being with people I don’t know. There is always those questions will I get on with them? Will I be up to this? But I guess only time will tell, but in all honesty I am totally ready for this new adventure whatever it may be.