Setting forth to travel the world is no longer an original or daring idea, it’s a decision countless people make every day. Travelling is the new university, where young people disappear for a year to gain a degree from the school of life. Far fewer, however, plan to embark on an adventure of the permanent kind.
We are planning to make travelling our way of life. Like modern day gypsies, we will roam the Earth, stopping when we find a place we like and ‘living’ there for a period of time. I want to experience new cultures in an authentic way, and on a time scale that lets me make real connections. I also want to volunteer as much as possible and carry out research for setting up my own charity.
So how did we come up with this plan anyway? Well, if you’ve read my last few posts you will know that I was in debt and re-evaluating my life in a major way. Lee and I also briefly broke up and it was during this time that I decided I wanted to travel again. I have been very lucky and done a lot of travelling already, but never for a continuous period of more than six weeks. This time, I wanted to do it properly.
Once Lee and I had resolved our issues and were back together, I tentatively told him about my travelling dreams and from there the plan snowballed. It went from being a nice little idea we were tossing around, to a life changing move.
We had already decided we wanted to start our travels in Goa, India. It’s where we first met and is like a spiritual home for us, where we both feel most alive. Living there just seemed right so we will base ourselves in or around Palolem for six months from our departure date of September 2012.
From here on in, the plan is vague. We will follow the weather and our hearts for the most part and see where the wind takes us. Most likely the next stop will be Thailand but nothing is cast in stone, and that’s just the way I like it. We do have a rough plan of action, which is basically; stay when we find a place we like and move on when we are ready to leave (or when our visa runs out!). It’s as simple as that!
Though this may all seem like a mad-cap idea, we are thinking everything through and making sure we have the finances to actually live out our dreams. I can’t think of anything worse than going through all this, only to run out of money after a year. We are both fully committed and are working like crazy to give ourselves the best start possible.
We really are in this for the long run. Somewhere along the line I hope a wedding will take place (preceded by a very romantic proposal by Lee), babies will be born and a charity will be founded. It’s not everyone’s idea of a dream life but it’s ours, and I can’t wait.