Choosing The Next Adventure…

I’ve been so busy engrossed in day to day life that I’ve completely forgotten to plan another adventure abroad, partly because I’m so torn as to where I should go. For the past few months I’ve been incredibly keen to travel to Thailand and Indonesia to visit places like Bali and Ubud, Phuket, Krabi, Ko Pha Ngan and Chiang Mai, but for some reason unbeknown to me I simply feel put off! Could it be that everyone goes to Thailand and Bali and it’s simply lost it’s appeal?

I was meant to be leaving this Saturday for 3 weeks in Thailand for my honeymoon, but that didn’t happen, my work, his work, work and more work, moving home and other things have just gotten in the way. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and that when things change it’s because that’s what’s best at that particular time.. So that’s just saved me a few grand to put towards another plan of travel, but what will that plan be?

I’ve thought more about South America this past week, Salar de Uyuni or the Atacama Desert and Laguna Verde in Bolivia, or return to Peru, a destination where part of my heart remains..

Picture: Huffpost Travel
Picture: Huffpost Travel, Salar de Uyuni
Picture: Huffpost Travel
Picture: Huffpost Travel, Salar de Uyuni



Picture: South America Travel News Blog, Atacama, Bolivia
Picture: South America Travel News Blog, Atacama, Bolivia

Part of me seeks the true adventure that South America offers, but the warm, white sand beaches of Asia are calling ever more, tropical climates, lush green jungles and waterfalls, the sound of tropical birds, yoga and meditation..

Picture: Expert Vegabond, Railay Beach
Picture: Expert Vegabond, Railay Beach
Picture: Travels Kilroy, Koh Phangan
Picture: Travels Kilroy, Koh Phangan
Picture: Town and Country Mag
Picture: Town and Country Mag

Most would opt for travelling in Asia and I find it truly hard to resist, what I find particularly difficult is that there’s just so much I want to see in Asia and the fact that I can’t do it all at once or within 2 or 3 short weeks owing to work commitments and Josh at school it’s easy to look at my current situation and feel some resentment. Being tied to one location due to life is somewhat exhausting, maybe the answer is to travel for a year without returning to London within those 12 months.

It’s possible if I want it to be and that’s the bottom line, and there lays another predicament, can I leave my life behind in London, leave my job and the security of having a job? Can I face the burden of leaving and then returning without a job? I can always find another when I return says the tiny voice inside.. Could I travel freely truly knowing this will be what the end of the journey holds for me after what those 12 precious life altering months will bring? There is so much to think about and consider.. The inner adventurer and the girl who loves to explore is screaming out telling me to do it, to live life on my terms, on what I really want to experience, in this short time, in each coming hour that once comes and then goes, in each hour of my life that will never happen again can I truly deny what I really want in life.

Then there’s the money, I tell myself save a little more, a few more months will eventually transform into years, that’s not what I want to happen, but it could so easily. I can do it now, but is the moment truly now?

That’s what I’m yet to discover..




 

3 COMMENTS

  1. Wow, Tina! It’s like you are reading my mind with this post. I am a single 29 year old mother of a 5 year old boy. I have travelled with him alone to Australia when he was 2. I have always wanted to explore SE Asia, but similarly to you I felt I needed at least a few months to see everywhere while I was in the area. Taiwan, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, China, and Japan to name a few. I have the same concerns as you; I would have to quit my job and rent my house out for a year. I feel like I could travel alone with him and come back and hopefully get my old job back. But my family is very discouraging, they tell me I am being unrealistic and impractical. They also tell me I must be going through a mid life crisis haha. I know it would be hard, but I want my son and I to experience the world together. My family is also quite concerned about safety and think I belong in a mental hospital for believing I should travel to Asia alone with my son. I suppose both of us will see what happens, good luck with your decision:)

    • Thank you for your comment! I’m so glad there is someone out there who can relate. There is just SO much to see in Asia and the flights are like £500 each so it seems such a waste to go back and forth over a period of time to visit all the countries, I’m totally down for travelling around Asia for 6 months minimum, I think opening the door and venturing out into the world will open so many other new doors and new opportunities that our minds can’t comprehend right now. I’m getting ready to find out what those opportunities hold, stay in touch x

  2. Yes, I agree!!! I know it’s possible, and I know I want it. So why don’t I do it? I love my life at home, and I want my daughter (6) to be in school with her friends… but I also want to see the world and take her with me. Technically, I could keep my job because I work remote/online. My biggest hesitance is taking my daughter away from the rest of the family, and also getting rid of all my “stuff.” I’m in the process of eliminating junk so that I can sublet my apartment.
    I’m also torn on destination.. I visited South America earlier this year (without daughter) and I’d really love to go back and explore more. I went to Colombia with a friend – Great experience, and I’m dying to go back and travel through Chile. My family is not keen on the idea of me taking my daughter to South America though.

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