“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
We love to travel. Every aspect of it is appealing: the landscapes, the wildlife, the climates, the people, the cultures, THE FOOD. Most people have a bucket list of some sort of all of the places they would like to see in their lifetimes. Not us. We want to experience any and every place that manages to stumble into our lives. The only specific goal that we have? Visit every single continent. Other than that, it’s kind of a free-for-all
The Badiana Perspective
I have already done quite a bit of traveling in my thirty-something years! The world is far too vast and beautiful to pick only one place to focus on. This explains why my only real goal is to go to every continent instead of specific countries or cities. I have come to realize that some of the best places I’ve been that have been truly life-altering experiences were the ones that sort of fell into my lap by chance.
My Amazing Experience
Let me give you an example: I moved to Australia because I met a fellow solo, young female traveler in Scotland (which itself was an accidental trip and absolutely AMAZING) and she told me how wonderful her country is. In my opinion, anyone that passionate about his or her country cannot be wrong. So I moved there! It ended up being the best decision of my life. Scotland was another, and I went there on the advice of the coolest older couple I met in the UK. That whole trip opened up a new world of spontaneity to me. It began as two weeks in Malaga, Spain and transformed into 4 days in Malaga and the remainder spent in Scotland, where I was lucky enough to experience one of the most well-known New Year’s celebrations in all of Europe – Hogmanay.
That being said, these sorts of life lessons helped me understand that having a travel goal is better than having a specific travel destination. Ultimately, you will always end up somewhere, so the destination is a guarantee! The experiences in between should not be contained to a set itinerary that this or that are the only things I should see or do on this trip. Allow yourself to be free, to deter from the plan, to uncover the best moments of your life, and to Decide Bliss.
The Nicky Perspective
Now, those that know me understand that this is no easy feat for me. As I’ve stated before, I’m a bit of a control freak. I’m a planner. I like to know what I’m in for ahead of time so I can be as prepared as possible. Any vacations I’ve organized before have all had precise itineraries of what I wanted to see and exactly when. No more! I’ll pick a place and get an idea of what’s there, but I want to just GO. I’m all for an excursion or two, don’t get me wrong! But having every moment of every day pre-planned-out needs to go.
My new goals are as follows: Get to every continent. Make friends with intriguing strangers. Breathe the air in other lands. Taste the cuisines of other cultures (so long as they’re meat-free!). Be brave and adventurous where I would normally be calculated and cautious. The world can teach me the lessons I shield myself from in my protected bubble at home, and I plan to become well-educated. I want to relax, enjoy myself, and always Decide Bliss.
Turn the Page
Get out there and see everything you can. Learn from the world. Open your mind and broaden your perspective. Read more than the first page. And ALWAYS remember to Decide Bliss.