Does your soul come alive when you travel?
Just the thought of it causes mine to squeal with delight like a tween at a Justin Bieber concert, specifically the idea of traveling overseas or visiting a destination for the first time. There’s still so much of North America I have yet to explore!
I discovered my passion for travel after I spent a few weeks backpacking across Europe at the age of 35. I met up with friends at certain waypoints but most of the time, I wandered alone and without much of an itinerary.
These companionless journeys were wildly exhilarating, like jumping into frigid Lake Superior. I didn’t have a friend or family member’s arm to safely grab onto when I felt awkward or alone. And dining by my lonesome, can you even imagine? I felt utterly exposed. But I kept pushing myself, challenging myself, embracing the quote on my Lululemon bag that says “do one thing every day that scares you”.
And I did, many times over in the course of a day.
In 2014, a photography couple I admire, sold their home, packed up their four boys and set forth on a year long adventure overseas. They documented their travels exquisitely through photos and videos they shared on their blog (it’s very inspiring!) I followed their journies and began to feel that fire within.
My friend, Frank, knew well of my dreams to take my family overseas in an abbreviated version of Jean’s. He asked me the other day how my plans were coming along. Good ole Frank, holding me accountable. Because he too has a passion for travel. I informed him that it was on our radar and that we’d most likely wait until the girls get a little older.
“Why not today? If you have the means. Because life is kinda funny. You just never know what’s gonna happen tomorrow.”
And Frank’s right. How often do we postpone our plans and dreams for another day?
So it started a new conversation oveh heh. Perhaps next year we’ll find ourselves enjoying artisan gelato in Venice, Florida.
Or better yet …… Italy.
To be continued ….