In 2007 I spent three months travelling round North America, doing a ‘lap’ of the United States, starting and finishing in New York, and incorporating the fringes of Canada. It was a life-changing experience that opened my immature, 20 year-old eyes up to the world that lies beyond my bedroom and left me with a thirst for more knowledge and experience of the diverse and beautiful planet we live on.
Unfortunately, through a combination of long-term relationships, insufficient funds, and other life responsibilities, I was never able to quench that thirst, until now.
Next year – with the starting date to be determined by a number of factors – I plan on expanding my travels to include as much of the world as I can afford to see. From lost cities to vast animal migrations, giant Buddhas to heart-shaped reefs – and that’s just the small fraction of destinations I’ve already researched.
You might think, therefore, that starting a blog at this stage is a tad premature, but like most things I do in life, I’m doing it a little bit differently, and for good reasons.
The first reason I’m sharing with the class so soon is because I want to blog the entire travelling experience, and that includes the planning and preparation phases. I have books to read, websites to browse, and will no doubt be given a healthy platter of suggestions and recommendations from friends and family, so if you’re reading this and you have an idea of where I should go, and why, then by all means let me know.
The other reason for starting this blog now is that, despite not officially starting my travels until some time next year, there will be odd places here and there that I visit in the mean time – the first of which could happen as soon as this weekend – and I might also include memories from past destinations (particularly those I’m not planning on revisiting) to keep my admiring audience captivated until I properly start my “oh my God I’m in my 30’s now I should probably actually do this before it’s too late” voyage.
So stay tuned for updates – I’ll put links to the bigger entries on my Facebook page – and like I said before, if you know somewhere cool, tell me. There is no such thing as too many places to go.
You never know, if this goes as well as I hope it does, I might do it again someday.