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Claire November 23, 2011 at 06:09

Ahhhhh Hannah, what a beautiful blog =) I shouldn’t be surprised, coming from such a beautiful person with a beautiful soul and a great eye for beautiful things!!! I wish I was coming on your adventure with you, but I know I will be visiting you on as many steps of the way as possible. Love you sooooo much, you special person xxxxx

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Sarahsomewhere November 24, 2011 at 06:04

Nice blog! Sounds like we have a LOT in common! Can’t wait to read Part 2, but I fear from the title of this post that things are not going to go well. That’s always been my biggest fear of doing something like that, but I will read on, in hope that you at least came away with something!

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Hannah November 25, 2011 at 03:44

I know, the title does give you a hint but I’m hoping it will be like the movie Titanic – everyone knows it sinks in the end but they still want to watch it! Let me know what you think after reading Part 2 :)

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Claire November 24, 2011 at 13:10

♥♥♥ I wish I didn’t know the end of this story! Or that maybe you have an alternate ending… Have tweeted… =)

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Sebastian @ Off-The-Path.com November 25, 2011 at 13:39

Nice post guys and great website you have! I look forward to more!

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Hannah November 25, 2011 at 18:58

Wow, thanks! It’s a work in progress but it’s great to hear comments like that. Thanks for taking the time to stop by :)

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Sarahsomewhere November 26, 2011 at 22:55

This is a great story that will definitely help people facing the same debt crisis. Like you, I am a terrible liar! And I have found that the truth does definitely set me free, even if the immediate consequences are not that flash. My life has been totally transformed by coming clean on a lie, and I’m definitely trying to live honestly and truthfully now, no matter what.
Thanks for sharing this Hannah :)

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Hannah November 27, 2011 at 18:25

Thanks Sarah, it means a lot to hear that. I was scared to put myself out there but decided if I was going to write a blog, I had to be 100% open about who I am – for better or worse! What doesn’t kill you definitely does make you stronger and I wanted to show that. I’m glad you have found the same thing xxx

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Sarahsomewhere November 26, 2011 at 23:08

This is an awesome story! I am so sorry you guys didn’t win, but I am so glad you are sharing your story, and I definitely hope it provided some much needed healing to do so! I, for one, would be too scared of ‘losing’ to even try, so I applaud you for your efforts! And if it’s any consolation, I probably would’ve gone for L.A, and I have been to both! Cheers to a change of luck :)

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Hannah November 27, 2011 at 22:07

Yeah, I guess someone has to lose! Sadly it was us but I’m really proud that Lee put himself out like that in pursuit of our dream, and at least we are left with an entertaining tale to tell! And yes, it definitely helps to know that other people would have gone with LA too :)

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Alan Horton November 28, 2011 at 14:54

I live in the UK and actually watched this episode of the programme, it was amazing for the neutral!!!

I was screaming “New York”, it’s New York” at the TV but alas they did not hear me!

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Hannah November 28, 2011 at 19:28

You and me both Alan! If only they had heard us – how different things would be right now… That is so funny that you watched it – thanks for stopping by!

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Alan Horton November 28, 2011 at 15:00

What an exciting journey lies ahead of you. I have followed you on Twitter and intend to read your updates as you post them. Best of luck from a fellow Brit!

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Hannah November 28, 2011 at 19:26

Thanks Alan! I can’t wait to get going and am thrilled you will be coming along for the ride :)

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Kim November 29, 2011 at 04:32

I am loving your blog already! Why did I never think to join a gameshow to save money for our travels? Brilliant!

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Hannah November 29, 2011 at 13:14

Thanks Kim! That really means a lot :) It’s still very early days but I am really enjoying navigating my way through blog land. I definitely recommend giving the game show route a go to help boost your savings – you’ve got to be in it to win it! Hopefully you will have better luck than we did. Thanks so much for stopping by xxx

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Kim November 29, 2011 at 04:37

LA ruins it once again. Just kidding (kind of). Oh, wow, I’m sorry you didn’t win but at least you have a fantastic story to tell.

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Hannah November 29, 2011 at 13:17

I know, LA – the land of broken dreams! It didn’t put Lee off anyway – he’s still considering applying for other shows! Thanks for reading x

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Jan Ross November 29, 2011 at 16:51

I really admire your determination and can’t wait to hear more about your travels. As far as your question about SEO, tagging, etc., I’m still figuring that all out myself and have been blogging for several years. The important thing is to write often and write well – everything else will come!

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Hannah November 29, 2011 at 18:11

Hi Jan, thank you so much for taking the time to check out my site, and for your wise words. I really appreciate it xxx

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jenjenk November 30, 2011 at 05:28

wow – that is AMAZING!! 9 months to clear it and give yourself a new slate!! major props to you!! congratulations! :)

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Hannah November 30, 2011 at 15:17

Thanks Jen, I really appreciate your comment. It hasn’t been easy but I’m so glad I made it through. Thanks so much for stopping by x

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Claire November 30, 2011 at 14:52

=) Your countdown ticker thing has gone from 10 months to 9 months since the last time I visited… eeeeeeeeeek =)

But in seriousness, lovely lovely lovely inspiring words xxx

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Hannah November 30, 2011 at 15:21

I know! We leave 10 months today :) Yippee!!! Thank you so much for your kind words and friendship xxx

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Kjersti November 30, 2011 at 19:57

Hi Hannah, again I love your words! And I can relate, I have gone through some of the same changes myself the last year. Never have a year felt so long – but boy, I got a lot out of it for myself. I’m cheering for you!

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Hannah December 1, 2011 at 23:22

Thank you Kjersti, that is so kind of you to say. I’m so glad you have come out the other side too – cheers to you!!! Keep up the good work :)

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Sarahsomewhere December 1, 2011 at 13:33

Thank you for this honest, insightful post Hannah. Your blog is definitely my new favorite and I feel blessed to be able to be inspired by your journey. I hope we can catch up some day over a cup of chai …

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Hannah December 1, 2011 at 23:14

Wow, what an amazing comment. I’m blown away – thank you so much. And I feel exactly the same way about your blog and journey. I truly look forward to sharing stories face to face one day… chai sounds perfect xxx

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Chris Guillebeau December 2, 2011 at 21:25

Nice work, Hannah. I love what you’re doing here.

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Hannah December 2, 2011 at 21:56

Wow, thank you so much Chris, I really appreciate you taking the time to check out my blog. Your comment just made me do a little happy dance :)

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Phillipa Sen December 2, 2011 at 21:28

You are my motivation… My truest and dearest friend and I am so thankful and proud of you!
x

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Hannah December 2, 2011 at 22:11

Thanks honey xxx

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Therese December 3, 2011 at 07:58

“Now I live each day with certainty that I am on the right path. My path.”

It’s so evident to me that this is true! When someone has found her own voice; her own path, it just shows… it shines through in some mysterious way. So excited to see how your journey progresses, Hannah :)

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Hannah December 3, 2011 at 19:21

Hi Therese, thank you so much for stopping by, and for your amazing words. I really appreciate it :) I’ve subscribed to your blog and am looking forward to Monday’s email x

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Ajay December 4, 2011 at 16:50

Wonderful Post! We are going to CR end of this month as well, I am SO looking forward to the visit. Its our first volunteercation and hope to do many more.

Ciao
Ajay

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Hannah December 4, 2011 at 19:46

Thanks Ajay! I really appreciate you stopping by. I volunteered in CR too, doing sea turtle conservation with a charity called ASVO http://www.asvocr.org/ which was amazing. What kind of stuff will you be doing?

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Ajay December 6, 2011 at 00:19

Cool. I will check them out. We are planning to work with kids, not sure what we will be assigned yet, but with kids it can never go wrong :-) We are doing it through Maximo Nivel. They also cover spanish lessons which we are learning now cuz ultimately we want to start our RTW trip with South America. We have a great tutor helping us now (www.mariaortegagarcia.com) but the more we can learn the better !

Ciao
Ajay

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Hannah December 6, 2011 at 20:41

That sounds great Ajay, you certainly have some wonderful experiences ahead of you. I look forward to reading all about them!

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Gerard ~ GQ trippin December 5, 2011 at 07:17

I loved Costa Rica too. People are so warm and the country’s landscape is so diverse. Props for the tattoo. Pura Vida!

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Hannah December 5, 2011 at 19:22

Thanks Gerard, so glad you stopped by. I love your blog – you guys are a huge inspiration :)

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Sarahsomewhere December 9, 2011 at 14:17

Beautiful writing Hannah, I felt like I was there with you! Matters of the heart bring so much pain, but also tend to be a touchstone to growth, and I’m thankful you shared some of your story with me… Keep writing, and keep being you! (I’d love to read your book some day)

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Hannah December 10, 2011 at 11:18

Wow, thank you for your lovely comment Sarah. You are right about that ‘touchstone to growth’, I am grateful for the heartache I have experienced and wouldn’t change it for the world – I am better and stronger for having lived through it. I have many more experiences I hope to share – though I don’t think I have the patience for a book! Thanks for reading xxx

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Sarahsomewhere December 9, 2011 at 14:28

This is an awesome post, and offers hope for those in debt. Good on you girl! Your hard work and sacrifices paid off, which will no doubt make your RTW trip all the more sweet!

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Hannah December 10, 2011 at 11:13

Thanks Sarah! I really appreciate your words of support and encouragement – ‘meeting’ you has been such a gift xxx

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Heather Carson December 10, 2011 at 09:06

Hey

Just to let you know, I’ve started up a Links page and added you to it! I enjoy reading your site and will be more than happy to share it with my readers.

If you wish to return the favour, that would be great! If not, I’ll still keep reading.

Here is a brief description of my site:
Ginger Nomads – Heather is a recent university graduate currently traveling around Asia and Australia. She is writing from a red-head’s perspective on all things travel.

Thanks again!

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Hannah December 10, 2011 at 11:20

Hi Heather – thanks for stopping by. That is so funny – I actually just discovered your blog a couple of days ago and have really enjoyed reading through your posts. I will most definitely add you to my links page, and thank you so much for doing so too. I wish you all the best on your adventures – stay in touch xxx

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Kirsten December 17, 2011 at 15:05

I could not relate to this more. I’m a little over one year ahead of you and my dream of being an expat hasn’t materialized yet but I did FILL this year with travel to places like France, Argentina, Austria, Barbados, Bahamas, Jamaica, the UK, Canada and dozens of US states … Planning to make 2012 the year I actually live overseas and not just visit. None of it has been 100% easy but all of it has been 10x better than the life I had before. (A little bit about that: http://www.aviatorsandacamera.com/holiday/happy-thanksgiving-im-thankful-that-ill-die-someday/)

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Hannah December 17, 2011 at 18:19

Hi Kirsten, thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it. I am actually a big fan of your blog and love your message – I’m thrilled to connect with you. I wish you all the best for your future travels, and life as an expat :)

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Dayna December 17, 2011 at 20:39

So inspiring! Even though we have been traveling for nine months, I still have loads of debt back home for stupid things (like when my parents advised me to put my TUITION on my credit card that I had never used in my life)! Loved this post, thanks for sharing!

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Hannah December 17, 2011 at 22:36

Thank you Dayna, I really appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment :)

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Dayna December 17, 2011 at 20:42

I think it’s great you are beginning the blog now… that’s one thing I wish we had done! We didn’t really get our own site up and running til this month (almost 10 months in) and I’m sure we missed documenting quite a few adventures!! Here’s to next year!

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Hannah December 17, 2011 at 22:34

Here’s to next year indeed! I feel like 2012 is my year, when I will finally get going. Though it is nice to get a head start with the blog, it is so frustrating being a non-travelling travel blogger! My itchy feet are driving me crazy!

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Mark December 17, 2011 at 21:22

The distance between “further” and “farther” is a heroic journey. Traveling in this way will be a way to see how everything is illuminated. I’m 31, too, and have been living abroad for five years, and I’ve felt a major alignment to a life of surrogate experience and monotony to something like an “everyday hero’s journey.”

I look forward to further reading,
M

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Hannah December 17, 2011 at 22:30

Thank you so much for your comment Mark, I really appreciate you stopping by :)

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Rav December 20, 2011 at 10:54

Great Job! I mean on the whole, Bravo!!! (Ah language is short of words to explain how I feel).
I hit subscribe after reading the first line of your first post. By becoming your own hero you also give us the pleasure of having you as ours.
I will continue to look up to you for inspiration and joy, My Hero!!!

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Hannah December 20, 2011 at 17:57

Thank you so much for your lovely comment Rav, what kind words. I am so glad you enjoyed reading, it means more than I can say :)

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Sarahsomewhere December 27, 2011 at 10:36

Yay, well done Hannah! An awesome interview and you should feel very proud for sharing your story to inspire and help others. It was good to hear your voice too!! Well done – onwards and upwards!

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Hannah December 27, 2011 at 18:47

Thanks Sarah! I was super nervous – writing about my story is one thing but actually saying it out loud was terrifying! I’m so glad I had the opportunity to do it though :)

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William December 28, 2011 at 07:54

Your interview was really inspiring. 4 months after I turned 18 and my debt is going up… over $1000 US you inspire me to pay this debt. Good luck

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Hannah December 29, 2011 at 15:09

Thank you William, that means a lot. Please don’t make the same mistakes I did – I was around your age when I first got into debt and it took me a decade to get out of it. Pay it off while it is still a manageable amount and try and live within your means as much as possible. Debt is like wearing shackles – it will limit everything you do. Nothing is worth more than your freedom – break free now. Believe me, it is infinitely more satisfying than anything money can buy you. Good luck – let me know how you get on :)

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Linda December 30, 2011 at 23:06

Hi Hannah,
I listened to your interview on Man Vs Debt- totally awesome !!! I am now following your blog as well as your Twitter posts. I look forward to learning so much from each other…

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Hannah December 31, 2011 at 12:45

Thank you Linda, that is so nice of you – I really appreciate that. I will be sure to check out your blog and will be following you back on Twitter too :)

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ElizabethJ_Bird December 31, 2011 at 01:08

Hey Hannah

Great links! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and learning about how you paid of your debt. Wanted to let you know that I added a link to your site on my blog.

You can check it out at http://www.travelingliz.com!

Liz

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Hannah December 31, 2011 at 12:37

Thanks Liz, that is so nice of you – I really appreciate your support. I love your blog and really enjoy reading all of your posts. I actually meant to add you to my list but hadn’t got around to it yet, sorry! I have now done so :) I’m really looking forward to following your adventures in 2012. I wish you all the best xxx

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Kristine December 31, 2011 at 17:09

Thank you Hannah! I found your blog after listening to your interview with MvD. My husband and I are set out to do the exact same thing…pay this crap off then travel and have babies. Thanks for your honest blog and inspiration. We really need more peeps like you and MvD telling it how it is. Lots of love from San Diego, CA:) Happy New Year!

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Hannah January 2, 2012 at 13:42

Wow, thank you for your kind comment Kristine, it really means a lot to me. I wish you all the best in your own battle with the debt monster – it will be well worth the effort. I have just checked out your blog and am excited to follow along on your journey. Stay in touch xxx

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Kim December 31, 2011 at 18:21

Happy New Year Hannah! You are an inspiration!

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Hannah January 2, 2012 at 12:33

Aw thanks Kim, and ditto xxx

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Ajay December 31, 2011 at 23:56

Happy New Year, Hannah! All the best to you and Lee in reaching the Sept 2012 milestone!

Ciao from Costa Rica!
Ajay

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Hannah January 2, 2012 at 12:42

Thanks Ajay, Happy New Year to you too :) Pura Vida!!!

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Sarahsomewhere January 2, 2012 at 14:34

You have achieved so much in the last year, I am so excited to follow your upcoming adventures! Bring on 2012! Wishing you and Lee every success in the new year and beyond.
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Hannah January 2, 2012 at 16:55

Thanks Sarah, I can’t tell you how much I value your support, and have loved connecting with you. I wish all the best to you and Tyrhone too – not long now! I will be living vicariously through you guys until September finally rolls around! xxx

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Kim January 2, 2012 at 22:10

Hannah, it is so so valuable to share information about cost. I’ve tried to be open and honest with our budget too, it definitely helps everyone out there scheming and planning. We also plan on spending time in SE Asia and Goa… maybe our paths will cross someday? I hope so!

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Hannah January 2, 2012 at 22:55

OMG I would LOVE that! We definitely have to schedule a crossing of paths at some point – that will be amazing :)

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tunimaal January 3, 2012 at 02:56

Your budget is pretty well done. When I started my world tour in November 2009 (I am still doing it right now, and I am in Japan) I had 15 000 USD. My trip so far bring me to Hong-Kong and Macau (5 days), Australia (5 months), New Zealand (2 weeks), Canada (One Year), USA (2 months), Mexico (1 week), Morocco (2 days), France (3 weeks), Japan (8 months so far)….To be able to do that I had to work in Australia, Canada and Japan… So I’ve got a Working Holiday Visa for that….
If you want to get a RV in Australia, you should try the relocation, you can get one for 1 USD per day

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Hannah January 3, 2012 at 20:27

Wow, that is a pretty impressive world tour! I hope we are also able to work abroad to help us continue our adventures. And thanks for the RV tip, I will look into that. Good luck with the rest of your travels :)

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Monica January 3, 2012 at 13:50

I am beyond impressed with the pre-planning you two are doing! I’m heading out to Southeast Asia for Feb/March and I have… zero dollars saved and about the same amount of debt you used to have… but where there’s a will, there’s a way, right? {Gulp.} India is my #1 travel dream destination, and I’ll definitely be excited to read about your adventures there. {And fingers crossed, be able to say ‘hello’ in person;)} Here’s to an amazing 2012! Cheers!

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Hannah January 3, 2012 at 20:25

Thanks Monica! Yes, where there’s a will, there’s DEFINITELY a way – I’m living proof of that! I have just checked out your blog and really love what you are doing – I’m equally excited to follow along on your adventure. I hope 2012 is a year of clearing debt and building savings for you and look forward to comparing success stories one day in India! Stay in touch :)

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Florent January 4, 2012 at 05:26

Budget is also directly related to the number of days you stay in each place. If you take your time, it decreases the cost. Australia is quite expensive anyway, comparing US or NZ, where I have been the last 6 months. I am continuing in SEA and India, and planned to spend 30 euros per day only (£25). It’s what I can earn online while travelling.

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Hannah January 4, 2012 at 22:04

Yes, you are right – that is why we decided to travel slowly, spending 6 months in each place we visit. It is definitely a great way to keep the budget down, but also to learn more about the place and the people. I am really looking forward to living in India and absorbing everything about the country. I hope your budget works out for you and wish you all the best for your continued adventures.

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Kjersti January 4, 2012 at 09:00

Hi Hannah! Love this post – especially as we are ourselves just getting started on our trip, and we have already done some mistakes budget wise. I need to learn to schedule finding cheap food options BEFORE I am starving ;) Anyway, for the Australia trip, if you’re OK with a lower standard, check out travellers-autobarn.com.au. They rent campervans, but they also sell something they call the slap’n'tickle van, which is quite cheap. We were investigating this when the plan was to go straight to Australia, so I would love to see someone else doing it :) Cheers, Kjersti

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Hannah January 4, 2012 at 21:56

Wow, thanks for the great tip Kjersti – I checked out the website and that is definitely a great way to tackle our Oz budget issues. I love it! I hope you are enjoying your travels so far – I have enjoyed reading about them :)

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Amer @TendToTravel January 6, 2012 at 12:52

What a great post here. I’ve never done a RTW before so it’s great to know how you’re planning your finances in advance. By the way, out of curiosity – you’re spending in SEA is just 5GBP more than Goa. I thought living in Goa would be a lot cheaper than SEA, but that’s just me.

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Hannah January 6, 2012 at 17:03

Hi Amer, we have based our daily budget on our previous experience, particularly the year that Lee spent living throughout SEA. We also based it on the type of travellers we are and the accommodation we will be looking for. We will be trying to live as cheaply as possible in order to prolong the life of our adventure so will be staying in pretty basic huts and villas in SEA and don’t mind roughing it – it’s all part of the experience! Taking all that into account we were able to feel pretty confident about how much we will spend per day. I will be keeping a very open account of all our daily expenditure while we are away though so if we do find our costs are higher, we will report back here. I just checked out your blog too and was very impressed. I particularly love your travel sketches – you are very talented :)

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paul | walkflypinoy January 14, 2012 at 00:36

great great post! i agree with it completely. it’s really a matter of priorities. i wanted this bad enough. so i worked my *ss off for it, making huge sacrifices along the way. good luck and hopefully see you on the road! :)
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Hannah January 14, 2012 at 09:01

Thanks Paul, and well done on making your own dreams come true. I have just read through your blog and look forward to following more of your adventures.

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tunimaal January 14, 2012 at 01:24

It’s been more than 2 years now that I am travelling around the world and every time I tell that to the people I meet, they tell me: “Oh you must be really rich”…. No I am not I am just a guy who is working really hard to make his dreams come true. That’s it. And nothing is impossible.
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Hannah January 14, 2012 at 08:59

“Nothing is impossible” – you are so right. If you are prepared to work hard enough I honestly believe we can achieve pretty much anything :)

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Kim January 14, 2012 at 02:10

You are amazing!!! YOU are the one creating this wonderful life of travel for yourself through your dedication and hard work. All of the hours put in now will pay off down the road.
Kim recently posted..Why I’m Quitting My Job to Travel

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Hannah January 14, 2012 at 18:05

Thanks Kim! It does feel great, even though it’s exhausting. I know it will make my travels feel all the more special as I can say I have truly earned every second! I really appreciate your wonderful words or encouragement xxx

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tony January 14, 2012 at 21:50

It is amazing how fast a dream about world travel becomes an obsession… next thing you know you are eating in every night, downsizing your apartment, and pooling every last dollar into a travel fund. What is more amazing is how normal it seems once you’ve made the decision!

Why doesn’t everybody do this? How can all of my friends not be as interested in world travel as me? The new normal certainly gives you a different perspective.

The great part is though that once you are on the road you meet so many great fellow travelers who share your same beliefs and ideals. Best of luck counting down the days until September!

P.S. Just met a german girl down in Chile who started her RTW trip with a month in India… said it was the single best country she had seen in her entire journey. Enjoy it!

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Hannah January 15, 2012 at 23:27

You are so right Tony, it feels totally normal, even though I know my friends all think I’m crazy! I question why everybody isn’t out there doing the same thing too – if we were all out there living as our most authentic selves and connecting on such positive levels, think what a difference it would make to the world. Enjoy Chile :)

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Sonia B January 15, 2012 at 22:05

Hi Hannah,
Congratulations! I am about to do the same thing. My flight for the US leaves tomorrow where I am meeting a friend to begin our world adventure. I have been paying off debt, selling and saving for the last 6 months too and in a few hours I am about to step off into the unknown. Sooooo excited. Maybe meet you some day when you begin to travel?
Sonia

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Hannah January 15, 2012 at 23:23

Wow, how exciting! Well done for paying off your debt and saving to travel – now you finally get to reap the rewards of all your hard work :) I would love to meet one day – do you have a blog? I wish you all the best for your adventure!

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jan January 15, 2012 at 23:41

I agree with you – all you need to succeed in anything is determination – well done in your debt paying off efforts – I hope you inspire many more people to do so as well. See you on the road.
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Hannah January 16, 2012 at 00:12

Thanks Jan, I really appreciate that. You reminded me of a quote I love: “One determined person can make a difference… a small group of determined people can change the course of history.” – Sonia Johnson. It’s amazing what can be achieved if you set your mind to it :)

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Lisa Wood January 16, 2012 at 02:10

OH wow that is a lot of money to pay off in 9 months! I love that – such an inspiration to all of us ;)
Did you pay that off by working one job, or more then one job? Did you also have to pay other bills (rent etc) while paying the debt off? Just interested as we have a credit card that we need to pay off!

Cheers
Lisa
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Hannah January 17, 2012 at 18:54

Hi Lisa, I paid off my debt by working as a babysitter on top of my day job as a graphic designer, and was still paying the usual living expenses. I have discussed this in more detail in my post How I paid off £15,000 in 9 months, but will also email you some further details. I hope this helps and wish you all the best paying off your debts :)

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Sarahsomewhere January 16, 2012 at 13:05

Good on you Hannah! You are a shining example of someone who has turned their dream into a reality, and proof that with enough focus, dedication, enthusiasm and self belief, dreams do come true. I know all your hard work will pay off, hope you’re taking your vitamins!!! :)

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Hannah January 17, 2012 at 18:36

Haha! Lee is always telling me to take vitamins :) Does chocolate count?!

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Patricia GW January 20, 2012 at 17:58

BRAVO! I think you’re very brave to share your story with such honesty. Good for you for bringing yourself out of debt on your own… and in only 9 months! What greater force is there than a combination of love and the desire for freedom?

I still feel the oppressive force of debt because of university tuition. It’s so draining to have everything you earn go towards a negative balance. I can’t wait until I graduate debt-free and – like you – am free to live the life I really want in my heart.
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Hannah January 20, 2012 at 18:43

Thank you so much for your kind words Patricia, that really means a lot. I think it is remarkable that you are working whilst studying to avoid the typical university debts – I applaud you :)

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kittencat January 20, 2012 at 18:07

Congratulations for being so brave sharing your experiences – I’m still gobsmacked by how all too easily we allow ourselves to fcuk-up and con ourselves that our problems will go away if we ignore them, we all do it, and yes it takes huge courage to admit you have a problem and go about changing your life… I’m still amazed as to how quickly you’ve managed to pay off your debts. Maybe that’s just because I earn such a crappy salary or maybe – unlike you – I’ve not been motivated enough to work as hard as you, but wow I take my hat off to you, wow, REALLY bloody amazing… Would love to hear more specifics earnings v savings v paying debts off… I’ve only very recently been able to say I’m saving but its slow going, what advice would you offer I wonder…? hhhhmmmmmm…

Ok I’m probably waffling on a bit here! Thanks for sharing and hope many people are inspired by your experiences, not to give up!!!

:)

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Hannah January 20, 2012 at 18:51

Wow, thank you for your kind comment. I have emailed a few people more specifics about this so perhaps I should turn that into a post? I’m always hesitant as this is predominantly a travel blog but still debt has been such a huge part of my life that it seems crazy not to share my experiences. I really value your encouragement and support :)

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Kim January 20, 2012 at 19:58

Hannah, you have such a powerful story and I’m sure many, many people in the world can learn from (and lean on) you. You are brave to tell your story and, because you did, others out there in the world will benefit. XXX.
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Hannah January 20, 2012 at 23:35

Thanks Kim, it’s so wonderful to have your support and encouragement xxx

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Renee January 20, 2012 at 20:37

First of all, thanks for sharing your story and I am sure it was not easy laying it all out there. I am still chipping away on my credit card debt too. I have put a stop on one card and paid off the remaining balance. A few other cards I have decreased the credit limit. I have also closed a few cards. It is working for me and it is hard admitting to and dealing with this type of debt because it can be such a vicious cycle. Thanks again!
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Hannah January 20, 2012 at 23:34

Thank you Renee, I really appreciating you taking the time to comment. It wasn’t easy sharing my story, but support like this makes it all worthwhile. Well done on taking action against your own debt issues – facing up to them and taking action is the hardest part so I commend you. Well done :)

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The World of Deej January 20, 2012 at 21:46

Great story! Your story is all too common, and I too had a bout with debt. Glad to hear yours at least has a happy ending, and I look forward to tagging along on your adventure with Lee…
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Hannah January 20, 2012 at 23:43

Yes, sadly it is an issue far too many people are struggling with, and more people will continue to do so unless banks make changes to their credit system. Not much chance of that happening, so I can only hope that other people might learn from my mistakes rather than making the same ones themselves. Happy to have you along for the ride – I will be following along on your adventures too :)

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Lisa January 20, 2012 at 21:51

This is such a great post. I too am paying off debts from a short sale, on my dad’s house. Buying a house of my own after he died, in this market was not my best decision. Paying for two houses drained me. But your posts remind me, I will get there too.

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Hannah January 20, 2012 at 23:46

Thank you so much Lisa. I hope you are able to resolve you debt issues and wish you all the best for the future. Do stay in touch and let me know how you get on :)

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Lauren January 21, 2012 at 09:39

I love this post…like many others, I can relate, from the credit cards to overspending to meeting a boy who eventually led to change. I was so humiliated about my debt, but now that it’s in the past, it’s much easier to talk about. Congratulations on breaking old habits and getting on the path you want to be on!
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Hannah January 22, 2012 at 16:57

Hi Lauren, thank you so much for your comment, I really appreciate it. Congratulations on coming through you own debt problems, that’s amazing. I have just been reading your blog and it certainly seems like you have emerged on the other side all the better for it. I’m really excited to read more about your adventures :)

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Sarahsomewhere January 21, 2012 at 14:46

Bravo Hannah! Your honesty and humility is truly inspiring. You are clearly helping others with your openness and I have even more admiration for you because of your willingness to overcome the challenges life has thrown you.
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Hannah January 22, 2012 at 16:55

Thank you so much Sarah, I really appreciate your kind words and ever present support xxx

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Jeremy or IHeartTravel January 22, 2012 at 17:51

Kudos to you Hannah! Your story is simply amazing, its human and easy to relate to. We all have our problems and those strong enough to share something so difficult, and confront it head on, can only be commended in the highest regard.

Your story has inspired me since I came across it, and your blog continues to be such an inspiration!

I look forward to all the adventures and personal triumphs you share!

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Hannah January 22, 2012 at 18:19

Thank you for your lovely comment Jeremy, I really appreciate it :)

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Savvy Scotsman January 26, 2012 at 10:16

Hannah – what a great story you have!
If banks would advertise journeys like yours instead of 0% APR deals, the economy would be a in a much better state of affairs – good luck with your travels!!
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Hannah January 28, 2012 at 18:03

Thank you, and you are so right about the banks – they have a lot to answer for! I have just been reading your blog – it’s nice to meet a fellow newbie on the scene! Good luck with everything :)

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Devin January 27, 2012 at 18:38

Your a true inspiration! I am dying to take a yr or two and travel the world…any advice for a single 26yr old woman? I wish I had someone to travel with, because I am scared to travel by myself, I’m very petite at 5’2 lol and am a little scared about my safety. I really enjoyed this post, I’ve been following your blog for about a month now and your words are real and relatable, this one in particular was pure poetry to my ears.

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Hannah January 28, 2012 at 18:17

Thank you Devin, that is such a lovely compliment. My advice to you would be to just go for it. I first started travelling alone when I was 27 and broke myself in gently by taking trips with companies such as G Adventures and Trek America, both of whom I can wholeheartedly recommend. I am the same height as you and had the same fears, so this was a great way to build my confidence and help me realise my capabilities. You should also read blogs by solo female travellers for more advice – http://www.adventurouskate.com/ is a great one. I also have a friend who is your age and travelled alone but met up with other solo females through http://thelmaandlouise.com/. Take a look and see what you think. If you have any other questions please feel free to email me and I will be more than happy to help. Good luck :)

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Caroline January 27, 2012 at 20:55

Hannah what a beautiful post. Your writing is incredible and your story so inspirational, it’s no wonder people support your dreams, they are the sort that makes a person want to cheer from the sidelines! :)
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Hannah January 28, 2012 at 18:18

Thank you so much Caroline, that really means a lot and is a huge compliment coming from such an amazing writer as yourself xxx

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Renee January 27, 2012 at 21:13

Beautiful post:) Thanks for sharing & Have a Great Weekend!
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Hannah January 28, 2012 at 18:19

Thank you so much Renee, I really appreciate your kind words :)

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Kim January 28, 2012 at 05:47

Hannah, such a beautiful post. I love that quote and, though I didn’t know you before, I wholeheartedly believe that you have become the person that you are destined to become (and continue to grow into that person).

It really does take a whole army of people to support the unthinkable dream. I also feel grateful to the people that have encouraged me along the way (and sometimes they are the most unlikely of people!). I’m so glad that you have been supported along your journey and have been able to get to where you are- it’s where I “met” you.

Much love :)

Kim
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Hannah January 28, 2012 at 18:21

Kim, I am so very glad that we have “met” and appreciate all the love and support you show me more than I can say. I am so grateful to you xxx

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Sarahsomewhere January 28, 2012 at 14:10

Hannah to say this post made me emotional is an understatement! You blow me away! Sounds like you are surrounded by amazing people. When I first shared my dream, and didn’t get the response I wanted, I became very protective of ‘my baby’ and shut others out from it, in fear that they would diminish it in some way. Hence, my blog was born out of sheer necessity to express my dream in a true and honest way, encasing it in language and protecting me from the negativity of others. I have since learned that I don’t need to shut others out of my dream, that by sharing it, little flecks of it are radiated out into the lives of others, who realize their own dreams a little more clearly. Your unapologetic idealism invigorates me endlessly, I love your writing and am blessed to be a part of your journey.
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Hannah January 28, 2012 at 18:27

Thank you so much for your beautiful words Sarah. I do have amazing people around me, and I am so glad that you are now one of them. Even though we have never met I feel your love and support, and offer it back in abundance. I love what you said about flecks of our dreams radiating out into the lives of others – that is such a lovely way of putting it and I can almost visualise my dream dancing on the wind like glitter and lighting up those around me. You are so brave and inspiring and I too am blessed to be a part of your journey xxx

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Savvy Scot January 29, 2012 at 08:39

What a great post. You reminded me of one of my favourite quotes:
     
“Go out in the world and work like money doesn’t matter, Sing as if no one is listening, Love as if you have never been hurt, and Dance as if no one is watching”
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Hannah January 31, 2012 at 22:57

Thank you – I love that quote too :)

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Toni January 31, 2012 at 21:13

Great post Hannah. Lovely to hear how you turned it around and that you and Lee are stronger than ever…big cheers to that :)
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Hannah February 2, 2012 at 18:19

Thanks Toni and big cheers to you too for doing such an amazing job yourself. Your story is a huge inspiration :)

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Kim February 3, 2012 at 18:30

Hannah, I love them all. It’s so hard to choose a favorite. Thank you for gathering these together. I’ve added some new ones to my beloved quote book.
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Hannah February 4, 2012 at 17:00

Thanks Kim. I love collecting quotes – I literally have hundreds I’ve saved over the years so will probably do a follow up post at some point to share more of them :)

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Jeremy or IHeartTravel February 3, 2012 at 18:38

Hannah,

I knew the moment I read the title of this post I would love it!

Some of these already have a home on my growing wall of quotes, and thanks to this post some more will be added !

I share one of the quotes that I really love:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

-Steve Jobs
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Hannah February 4, 2012 at 17:02

Thanks Jeremy – and that’s an awesome quote. Steve Jobs was such an incredible man, a true inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing :)

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Elizabeth Bird February 3, 2012 at 18:40

Wonderful List Hannah. Thanks for putting this together. One I found recently that I’ve been holding onto is “Good is the enemy of great.” It’s simple but its a reminder that ‘good enough’ really isn’t something to strive for.
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Hannah February 4, 2012 at 17:04

Thank you Liz. It was fun to write this post :) I love your quote, wise words indeed xxx

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Carmel February 3, 2012 at 19:02

I love that theory that it takes a village to raise a dream. I feel very blessed to have so much support in my life while my husband and I work toward our travel dreams. It’s often with a heavy heart that my mom expresses it, but she tells me often how proud she is of us for pursuing this goal. I know she’s going to have a really hard time once it gets here, but it means the world to me that she’s willing to set me free (even though I’m 31), and wants me to follow my own path. It’s the greatest gift someone can give.

I’m new here to your blog…when do you plan to set off on your adventure?
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Hannah February 4, 2012 at 17:26

Hi Carmel, thank you so much for your comment. I know exactly how you feel. I am also 31 but still adore my mum for her willingness to open her arms and let me fly. I will never be able to fully express my gratitude to her. We set off on our adventure on 30th September and I can’t wait! How about you? I have just been checking out your blog – your tapas looks amazing. I will be following along on your journey and wish you all the best :)

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Carmel February 4, 2012 at 19:21

We’re not planning to go until September 2013, so we’ll be a year behind you guys. I just ran with Kim from So Many Places this morning and she told me about your rickshaw plans. Sounds amazing.

Thanks for checking out my blog! Still deciding what kind of writing my husband and I will be doing on the road…I’ll probably still do a food focus since, as you can see, I am a little obsessed. :)
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Hannah February 7, 2012 at 20:45

That sounds great Carmel. I will be reading no matter what you write about :)

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Renee February 3, 2012 at 21:39

Love it – Thanks for the Inspiration:) Have an Awesome Weekend!!!
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Hannah February 4, 2012 at 15:24

Thanks Renee, so glad you enjoyed it :)

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Caroline @ Traveling 9 to 5 February 4, 2012 at 02:01

Great Quotes! – I always keep a list of my own to turn to when I need an inspirational reminder! Here is one of my favorites:

“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese

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Hannah February 4, 2012 at 17:46

Thanks Caroline. Great quote, thanks so much for sharing :)

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Molly February 4, 2012 at 06:53

Wow! I just stumbled across your blog! It’s great.

These quotes are amazing! So many names I love from here!!! Napolean Hill, Pablo Picasso… I’ll be saving some of these as well! Thank you!

-Molly
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Hannah February 4, 2012 at 17:48

Thank you Molly! I’m so happy you liked it and took the time to comment. I have just checked out your blog too and I love it! I hope to have children in the not too distant future and look forward to exploring the world with them. Your blog will be a wonderful source of inspiration :)

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Laura Ward February 4, 2012 at 15:36

Luv it your doing exactly what I want to do in life, travel for eternity and have children and make the world their home, not a small village or community, think this will enrich anyone learning not from textbooks but from real experiences. Im training as a teacher well in my last year now so I can do just that so I can work anywhere in the world or home school, of course its important they socialise with children aswell and theres pleanty of opportunities to do that when youve got the world at your feet. So excited someone else is likeminded :). At the moment im finishing uni and taking a year out doing supply teaching and all the activities I cant fit into my life at the minute; acting, tennis, travelling- plan to spend half the year in New York and try and make it in my dream career. Then back to uni qualify as a psychology teacher, do child psychology following that…then meet the man of my dreams around 30ish or along the way, and take off on one big adventure. Your lucky to have found someone who is willing and has the same vision as you. All the guys I meet at the minute do not have any ambition :/ and want to stay living in their little town, cant see outside the box. You got any tips on how to find such a man? lol x will be following your journey and learning from you for the future I have planned, looking up to you both in awe :) Good luck Laura from Preston, but hopefully in a couple of years I will be saying the world is my home :D

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Hannah February 7, 2012 at 21:41

Hi Laura, thank you so much for your comment, it’s great to connect with you. Your plan for the future sounds very exciting and I wish you the very best of luck with everything. Do you have a blog? If not you should start one – it certainly sounds like you have an amazing story to tell. I truly hope everything works out for you – stay in touch :) Oh, and I met Lee when I wasn’t even looking for love. Just enjoy being you and it will happen xxx

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Laura Ward February 9, 2012 at 13:38

Going to get this degree done and dusted then I will start a blog :). Thanks for the inspiration. Will let you know when its up and running. x

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Hannah February 9, 2012 at 19:16

Fantastic, please do :)

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Jaime February 4, 2012 at 18:19

Love this… so many amazing quotes!

My fav quote is “Fear is temporary… Regret is forever.” Don’t know who said it though!
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Hannah February 7, 2012 at 20:45

Thanks Jaime, and great quote! I love that one too. Definitely words to live by :)

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Sarahsomewhere February 5, 2012 at 03:36

Hey Hannah, I’m at the airport about to board the plane and head off on our adventure, so it was so great to read these inspiring quotes, especially the one by that Sarah girl!!!!! Thank you for being a truly inspirational woman, love Sarah x x
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Hannah February 7, 2012 at 20:44

Sarah, that is so exciting. The world awaits you my friend… enjoy every moment. You are amazing xxx

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Toni February 6, 2012 at 18:44

This is exactly what I needed today Hannah – thank you =))
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Hannah February 7, 2012 at 20:42

Thanks Toni, I’m so glad. I often feel the same about your posts :)

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Sandra February 7, 2012 at 03:43

‘Leap and the net will appear.’ I wish I believed that.

I love travel and I want to do more but it takes MONEY to do it. I love the Caribbean and that’s where I want to spend half of the rest of my days (the other half back here at home because I just became a grandma so I can’t leave now!!).

I spent a month in the BVI this past May and I tell you… it’s heaven. GO if you can.

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Hannah February 7, 2012 at 20:49

Thank you for your comment Sandra, though I must admit it made me kind of sad. I really do believe in that quote, and am living proof that taking that first leap is enough… eventually the net will be there to catch you in some shape or form. I had no money and was £15K in debt but I managed to pay it off in less than a year and started planning a life of travel. Anyone is capable of doing the same, you just have to work at it and, most importantly, jump. I hope your dream of living in the Caribbean comes true – I’m sure they have some pretty amazing nets there. Good luck xxx

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Runaway Brit February 8, 2012 at 23:48

Congratulations for paying off your debt and respect to you for sharing the story. Debt is such a terrible burden to carry around you and the shame of it can lead to the lies and deceit that you talk about. It must be such a relief to finally be rid of all that – I hope you have an anniversary date that you can celebrate every year (I do!!) I also so pleased to hear that your boyfriend came back – a fairytale ending :-)

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Hannah February 9, 2012 at 19:15

Thank you for your comment. You are so right, debt is a terrible burden, and one I am so happy to be free of. I don’t actually have an anniversary date, but my RTW adventure will start a year after I became debt free, so I guess that is a pretty good way to mark the occasion :)

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Carmel February 10, 2012 at 22:46

Just started following you on Twitter! My handle is @nopogal. I always make sure to write a journal entry on January 1st (or as close to it as possible). It’s a good running history of the beginning of each year. I’m a sentimental fool, so I look back often…probably too often!
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Alison Gresik February 15, 2012 at 11:52

I hear you on the chilling out! That’s my mantra for the year too.

Let me see if I can help you with a few of those to-do list items. I make cheap phone calls home using Skype-to-Skype calls (free!) or Skype-to-phone calls (pretty inexpensive). We also have a local VoiP number in Ontario that we can call from using X-Lite software on my computer. So I can make calls to my hometown for free or with the same long distance rate I used to have in Canada.

For a delightful and heartwarming book, one of my favourites of all time is “Horse Heaven” by Jane Smiley. Also Ann Patchett’s “Bel Canto”. And if you like YA, I can recommend all of Sara Zarr’s books.

Happy relaxing!
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Hannah February 15, 2012 at 13:12

Hi Alison, thank you so much for your help with my to-do list – it is much appreciated! I will read up on the phone options and will see if they have any of the books you recommend at my local library. I am looking forward to losing myself in a good page turner and spending some lazy days learning to stop obsessing over travel!

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Patricia GW February 15, 2012 at 14:13

Hannah, I relate to this so much, it’s very hard to find the patience to wait when you know something so exciting and wonderful is just ahead! The bookmarks of places to see and go, and endlessly pouring over item reviews, they can become overwhelming because there’s so much. Keep up the meditation, you can do it!! It gets easier with time and practice to calm your mind, and the effects are well worth it. I’m rooting for you! :)

As for a delightful book, have you read “Eat Pray Love”? Elizabeth Gilbert had trouble quieting her mind during yoga too. Or Torre deRoche’s “Swept: Love with a Chance of Drowning.” It’s about a woman who sails and island hops the Pacific to be with the man she loves. Cheap international calls: Skype or Google Voice.
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Hannah February 15, 2012 at 16:27

Thank you Patricia. I loved researching everything at first as it made me feel more connected to my passion but now it has definitely become overwhelming and I need to take a step back. I just meditated again so twice in two days! I’ll be one calm and collected blogger before you know it!

I have read EPL – I loved it despite its many critics, and have also read Swept, which I bought when AlmostFearless.com was promoting it. I LOVE Torre de Roche. I always read your book reviews on your blog and find them really interesting – feel free to send me any other recommendations you might have :)

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Ayngelina February 15, 2012 at 15:23

Hey I was there once, now I miss that feeling.

If I can give you any advice, don’t buy expensive travel gear, especially undies, no pair of underwear takes that long to dry and when you lose them (like I did) you won’t kick yourself.
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Hannah February 15, 2012 at 16:22

Hi Ayngelina, thank you so much for your comment. My boyfriend will wholeheartedly agree with you and will LOVE you for writing that! I know you’re both right too, but I do enjoy geeking out on travel gear just a little bit, and I love that the ExOfficio undies are hard wearing and treated to “maintain freshness” – a bonus I think! I’m just going to get a couple of pairs to combine with my regular Gap ones so won’t be going too over the top! BTW I love your post about online dating – my brother married the woman he met that way (but then divorced her!). Good luck :)

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Elizabeth Bird February 15, 2012 at 18:45

I don’t know why but I love to do list especially when it comes to travel planning. Maybe its because you are working towards a goal you are excited about!

As far as books, I know its a well know book but I just finished “A walk in the woods” by Bill Bryson and I LOVED it. So Funny and such an inspiration to go out and challenge myself.
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Hannah February 16, 2012 at 10:11

Would you believe, I have never actually read anything by Bill Bryson?! Does that make me a bad traveller? I will definitely be checking out your recommendation Liz! I’m planning on getting a Kindle and loading it up with plenty of literary goodies :)

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Ajay February 16, 2012 at 00:15

Wow, I know what you mean here, I was obsessed even when I was planning a 2 week trip to Costa Rica, and I can imagine what I might do when I plan my RTW forever trip!
I think google talk also gives you good options, but the service you link to also looks pretty interesting. I am currently reading “The Buddha Next Door”, if you like the chicken soup series, you will love this.

Ciao
Ajay
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Hannah February 16, 2012 at 12:07

Thanks Ajay, great recommendation – I have been wanting to read that one for a while :)

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Kim February 16, 2012 at 05:21

I love my ExOfficio undies and I already wear them. Let me tell you how much Brian loves my granny panties.

Hannah, once again, I can 100% relate to this post. I have so been there! Now that we have about 12 weeks left until we leave (!!!!!) I am actually starting to get a little sentimental, wishing time would slow down a bit (NEVER thought I would have said that), and just really trying to enjoy this period right before we leave. It is SO exciting and full of anticipation. It’s a great feeling.

Anyway, I know what it’s like to be 7 months away- it’s like purgatory! It, too, will pass.
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Hannah February 17, 2012 at 17:19

Thanks Kim, it’s great to have your support, and to hear about your granny panties! I’m glad you are enjoying these last few weeks before your travels begin – I really need to get into that frame of mind too :)

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Sarah Somewhere February 16, 2012 at 10:13

Hey Hannah, GREAT post about the waiting game!!! I can absolutely relate to a racing mind, and have been practicing a little meditation myself. I truly believe that it is in the attempt to ‘witness’ our racing, chattering minds that we create a space between them and our true, some would say God-like selves…
I am laughing out loud about the knickers!!! I have both quick-drying and normal, and I must admit, they don’t really dry alot quicker! But they’re really comfy and probably more durable (I can’t believe we’re talking about this!).
As for travel planning, I think it occupies us in the lead up to starting our adventures, but ours have been completely thrown out the window now that we have begun…
You make some great points here, now breathe in…breathe out… :)
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Sarah Somewhere February 16, 2012 at 10:15

One more thing (sorry) download the ‘viber’ app if you have a smartphone, and get your family and friends to aswell, its free internet calling. Hell, we could even have a chat sometime…
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Hannah February 17, 2012 at 17:22

I love how this is becoming all about the undies! Good to know they’re comfortable! I’m trying really hard to just focus on breathing and living in the moment. It’s hard with so much going on but I don’t give up easily so I know I will get there. The Viber app sounds great too – will get on that right now – let’s definitely chat sometime – I would love that :)

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Sam February 18, 2012 at 11:02

Hi Hannah, I have just come across your blog and it has inspired me enormously. I started out as a traveller and adventurer, but am now in a full time job and have become rooted and settled. I always thought that this was the ‘right’ thing to do, but after an initial diagnosis of a brain tumour in 2010 I have just found out I have further treatment. Once this is over I am going to throw in the ‘right’ life and follow my adventurer path once again. Your site has reminded me of what is really my dream. If you don’t mind I’d like to repost some of your quotes as they are so inspirational. I wish you all the luck in the world with your saving and travels!
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Hannah February 18, 2012 at 18:10

Hi Sam, thank you for your lovely comment; I am honoured that you have found it inspiring. I cannot imagine what difficulties you must be going through… I truly hope you come through this and you are able to live out your dreams of travel. I will certainly be following your journey and routing for you all the way. Oh, and please do repost any quotes at all – they are there to be shared and enjoyed. Best wishes xxx

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Molly February 19, 2012 at 05:04

Hang in there!!! The time flies -believe me!!! :D

7 months ago we were dreaming, dreaming to travel. Less than a month away now and it felt like it all happened over a day!

-Molly
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Hannah February 23, 2012 at 20:45

Thanks Molly, I hope so! :)

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Savvy Scot February 19, 2012 at 15:20

You remind me so much of myself!!! I am constantly planning the next holiday and often live in the future too much. Try to enjoy the time you still have left and take advantage of the luxuries and people that you won’t have when you are gone. So much so that you won’t miss them for that bit longer! :)
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Hannah February 23, 2012 at 20:48

That’s good advice. I am definitely planning on making the most of my friends and family while I still can, and sharing memorable moments with them that will serve as beautiful reminders of home once we are on our travels. It’s hard though, the excitement is a blessing and a curse!

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Cherina February 21, 2012 at 06:28

Sounds like a great to-do list! 8 and 9 sound the best to me. I have just started up doing yoga again – can highly recommend it to help with the chilling out.
Definitely agree with Alison about the skype calls – it’s the most economical option I have found.
A couple of great books are The Lake of Dreams and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (they’ve made a movie of this – suggest reading the book first – it’s one of my all-time faves) Good luck with the list and the chilling :)
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Hannah February 23, 2012 at 20:52

Thanks Cherina! I’m loving 2 and 3 right now and have been thinking of adding yoga to my next to-do list. I will definitely be taking classes when I get to India, so it will be good to get some practice in before then. Thank you so much for the book recommendations too – they both sound perfect :)

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Jeremy or IHeartTravel February 22, 2012 at 17:22

Awesome stuff Hannah, I am glad to you have found time for you and your loved ones. We must not forget our goals, but we must also not let them consume us.

I went through the same kind of situation unfortunately it led to the end of a marriage, and all I had hoped for …at that time.

Fortunately though what came out of it was a happiness that is all mine.

I began to stop worrying about self imposed goals, a persona I thought I had to live up to, and now I just enjoy my life and what it brings.

I don’t stop having goals, but I incorporate them now with my happiness and do not let them overwhelm me, much like you are doing now.

‘You’ time is some of the best time, I hope this new found time brings you happiness and relaxation…until your big trip

Best !
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Hannah February 22, 2012 at 21:59

Thank you Jeremy, your words are always so genuine and uplifting. I haven’t yet mastered the art of controlling the expectations I have of myself, but it is my next goal. I’ll try not to get too obsessed over this one though! I’m so glad that you were able to come through a similar experience, and find your story deeply inspiring :)

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D.J. - The World of Deej February 22, 2012 at 17:29

It can be a tough thing to come to terms with, but at least from my own experience, taking inventory of the goals you’ve set and making tweaks can be liberating. I’ve found at times that my blog and travel have taken over everything else, to the point that I wanted to just quit altogether. There has to be a balance, at least for me, and I think you’re finding the same. And yeah, I just turned 31 and feel really wise:)
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Hannah February 23, 2012 at 21:24

Yes, balance. I let that slip for a while there… I’m trying to tip the scales back to the centre again now though. It is another important lesson learnt – I don’t always have to be pushing myself to achieve something. Simply being who I am is allowed to be enough. I’m so glad you have been able to master the art of balance, and look forward to doing the same :)

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Patricia GW February 22, 2012 at 18:26

Oh Hannah, you’re such a dear and so positive online, you know you have that ability to exude sunshine! The wall you hit is a nasty shock to the system. You’ve been pushing yourself so hard for so long, but the dream of a better life has taken over what really makes up a better life. It’s really hard to let go of a goal once it’s been on your mind for so long, but you’re not losing anything! Whatever you have saved up will be enough, no matter what, because it’s a positive number towards your dreams.
I’m so sorry to hear your birthday was so disheartening; it has turned into a blessing in disguise because now you can let go of the abstract savings amount, take some of the burden off your shoulders, and take back time to just be you and enjoy time with the man you love. You’ve always had the right attitude! As a friend of mine like to say, “You don’t need to come up with a new plan, just tweak it 5%.” You’re on the path to traveling, marrying, and setting up that foundation just like you dreamed… all you have to do now is modify your plan 5% so that you release some of the pressure and make that goal sweeter on the way to reaching it. I wish I could give you a big hug!
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Hannah February 23, 2012 at 21:29

Thank you so much for your lovely comment Patricia, you are always such a wonderful source of wisdom and inspiration. I love what you said about tweaking my plan by 5% – it makes it so much easier to deal with. It’s less like change, and more or a minor improvement! It is hard to let go of a goal, but it would be much harder to let go of my health and happiness, so I just have to think of things that way and learn to be kinder to myself :)

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Kim February 22, 2012 at 20:44

Hannah! I totally get this. I am such a goal setter and then I run like a wild woman with my eyes on the prize, refusing to let anything stop me. I forget about today and just focus, 100%, on the thing I want to achieve. It’s a trait I love and hate about myself and something I am always trying to get a hold of.

I am glad you are slowing down and remembering what life is all about TODAY. I know you never forgot it, you were just trying to get where you want to be as fast as possible. When you do that, other things are sacrificed. It sounds like you’ve reached a good balance.

Happy birthday to you :)
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Hannah February 23, 2012 at 21:32

Haha! Yes, I am SO like that too, and also have a love/hate relationship with this side of myself. I am never satisfied unless I am conjuring up dream upon dream and then nudging the goalposts further and further back in pursuit of my goals. It’s time to forget about the goalposts and just enjoy the journey :)

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Sarah Somewhere February 23, 2012 at 05:09

What wonderful words, Hannah, you have such a beautiful way of expressing your inner voice and it truly resonates with me. “Life on life’s terms” is a phrase that helps me when I feel like I am trying to control too much at the expence of my, and other’s happiness. I love that Kipling quote, especially the part about triumph and disaster being imposters!!! That is so powerful. You are already a success, already an inspiration, already enough. We all are. Traveling the world won’t make you a better, happier person, as you already have everything you need inside of you. Just claim what is yours.
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Hannah February 23, 2012 at 21:34

“Just claim what is yours” – I love that Sarah. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Your words mean so much to me xxx

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Carmel February 23, 2012 at 22:10

I want you to head on over to Kim’s FB page for So Many Places and read the quote I just posted on there this morning. Apparently you’re part of our crazy perfectionist-running-yourself-into-a-wall club too! I didn’t work THAT many hours before, but I’ve been there. I exhaust my counselor with the number of things I’m involved in. To me, I’ve slowed down a LOT in the past couple years. And I’m trying to see it as a gift rather than being bored. I figured, what will be the use of taking a year off to experience the world if I’m in a mindset of constantly needing to be busy and occupied? NOW is the time to start slowing down, enjoying life, and being present. Never have I been so aware of every minute of my life as I am right now for reasons you know.

I’m happy for you that you’re giving yourself a break and taking time to look around. Happy birthday my dear! I know this year will bring you great things.
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Hannah February 28, 2012 at 23:02

Haha! Yes, should we start a club?! Time absolutely is a gift, as you sadly know all too well my dear. I will make sure I embrace this time, and make the most of every second of it. As I slowly claw my time back again, I can literally feel my soul reawakening. It’s like I was in some self-imposed autopilot mode, and it has taken a lot to break out of this mindset, but I will continue to relinquish these limitations, and accept that whatever I have will always be enough :)

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Savvy Scot February 23, 2012 at 22:33

Hannah!
Good. For. You. – this is not meant sarcastically; I mean it sincerely.
This post gave me inspiration to write my latest ‘Dealing with Obsession’ – You may have just made the best decision ever. If you had carried on would you still know your other half, would you still share the same dream? Remember it’s not about the destination – it’s the journey. This doesn’t just mean life in general, but also intermediate goals! Good for you – you should be proud :D
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Hannah February 28, 2012 at 22:54

I had actually just read your post before you commented, and am honoured that my post inspired you to write it. To be honest, I dread to think how things might have turned out had I continued down this misguided path. It is frightening how caught up in it all I became, but it feel wonderful to be in control of my life again :)

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Nomadic Samuel February 24, 2012 at 02:25

I really enjoyed reading this post. I can relate quite well to what you are going through now. I’m honestly working over 100 hours a week right now (at a job and on online projects) to manifest a dream of mine down the road. I’ve hit the wall a few times but I’m continuing to press forward. I think by removing that stressful goal of needing X amount of money is a wise decision.
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Hannah February 28, 2012 at 22:46

Wow, thank you Samuel, I really appreciate your comment. And I thought working 84 hours a week was bad! Man, I don’t know how you are managing 100 hours, but I wish you all the luck in the world in pursuing your dream. Your blogs are a huge source of inspiration to me, so I am sure that whatever comes from this hard work, it will be amazing :)

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Nomadic Samuel February 24, 2012 at 02:27

The delayed gratification part is the most difficult but it is so worth it. In 2009 I worked really hard and saved up enough for nearly 2 years of continuous travel. When you hit the road for the first time you’ll be grinning ear to ear.
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Hannah February 28, 2012 at 22:43

Thank you so much for your comment Samuel. I know it will all be worth it in the end, and am learning to embrace the moment and appreciate this process… it changes me daily and is a frustratingly beautiful learning curve :)

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Bethany ~ twoOregonians February 24, 2012 at 05:41

Hannah, I applaud you so much for making the bold move to cut out unreasonable things in your life… I know that I’m so much the way you describe: driven and goal oriented. I remember working my way through my landscape architecture degree, working late nights, night after night, barely keeping alive and barely keeping my relationships intact. At a certain point, the facts all stare us in the face, and we have to make touch choices. In a related way, I had to let go of some of our RTW budget goals, too. We knew we had a departure date that we were going to keep, and we knew that the ultimate point of travel meant more to us than the low-daily-dollar amounts. So, we’re on the road, living as best we can according to the dreams, the desires, and the dollars. It will all work out… Enjoy the coming weekend. I wish you a tasty brunch with toast and orange juice and a splash of champagne :)

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Hannah February 28, 2012 at 22:41

“Barely keeping alive and barely keeping my relationships intact”… yes, that’s exactly how I have been feeling. It’s so good to hear from someone who has felt the same way; thank you so much for your lovely comment Bethany. I’m glad you were able to let go of your budget goals too – I have realised now that these self imposed limits are the complete antithesis of my dream. I want a life of freedom and joy, and there definitely needs to be more champagne and orange juice in there too :)

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Susan @ Travel Junkette February 24, 2012 at 10:07

What a brave and beautiful post, Hannah! Bravo for recognizing the changes you needed in your life, and for having the courage to implement them. Whenever my best friend and I ask each other for advice, our answer is always (well, almost always) “Do what makes you happy.” So glad you’re doing it!
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Hannah February 28, 2012 at 22:31

“Do what makes you happy.” You are so right! It’s crazy how easy it was to forget that and get lost in misguided goals. I really appreciate you reading :)

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John | Married (with Debt) February 24, 2012 at 19:46

Very cool post about dreams getting in the way of dreams. Glad you were able to unplug and get back to what it is you were truly after.

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Hannah February 28, 2012 at 22:29

Thank you John. It’s been a long time coming, but I definitely feel back on track now, and see my dream with renewed vitality once more :)

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Meg | One Love Meg February 29, 2012 at 14:20

Been there. My boyfriend and I are about to set out on a RTW trip as well. For the last two years we have been saving our pennies and nipping away at our debt. We, unfortunately, still have student loan debt that we are going to reunite with when we come home. I just started one last job here in FL to get a little extra cash, but the jobs consists of me working in a wine bar until 2am, 5 days a week. It’s revisiting my college days all over again. At times I feel like I am only getting older, and only getting more tired. Sometimes its hard to stay positive, but once you begin to live out your dream- all the love and positivity comes back. Keep your head up! :)

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Hannah March 11, 2012 at 20:57

Hi Meg, thank you for your comment. It’s always great to hear from someone following a similar path. I have just checked out your blog and am really excited to follow along as you begin your RTW adventure. You are so right, once we start actually travelling, all this hard work will be worth it. I wish you all the best :)

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Vacay Girl March 2, 2012 at 12:57

Aaaah, I will countdown the time with you and wish you nothing but the best. I too plan on getting outta my hum drum life as soon I can. Hopefully in March or May of 2013. And I know exactly what everyone is talking about. Once you have it in your mind that you are doing this everything starts to become lesser and lesser important. A way open right before you and you just follow that path until you get to where you’re going.

Saving, saving, saving is all I can say. Calculate costs as best as you can and go. My plans aren’t RTW plans. It is just moving to Cabo San Lucas and living off of my savings for a year. If I can manage to find me a job 6 months into my stay then I will probably become a permanent resident. So in the meantime, I’m trying all I can to be able to work from home. I’m even getting myself familiar with investing in stocks. Hell, in the process I might find my calling. Ha! But if I succeed in that then I’ll be even happier.

My only dilemma right now is telling my mom my dream. She’s going to freak out, cry and tell me I can’t but it’s what I want to do and she will eventually have to accept it. But the sooner you can voice your plans whether it be to your friends, your goldfish or dog just saying it aloud will help. Some may talk in a tone of discouragement about it. But guess what, I won’t be the first to do this and I won’t be the last. I’ve even talked to realtors in Cabo. So it’s pretty much a reality for me now. There’s no stopping. Happy Journeys to all!
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Hannah March 11, 2012 at 21:06

Your plans sound amazing! I’m sure once your mum is able to see how passionate you are about your dream, she will support your choice and feel proud of your courage to pursue a life less ordinary. My mum hasn’t found it easy… with one daughter already living on the other side of the world, it will be hard for her to have both her babies so far away, but she is always 100% supportive, and I know that she takes great pride in watching us carve out an authentic life for ourselves. I wish you all the best :)

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Vacay Girl March 2, 2012 at 13:04

Good for you to get rid of your debt. For even thinking that you it’s a priority for you to get rid of. Some people think if they’re in deep debt there’s nothing they can do. It’s not easy becoming debt free but it’s not easy living with it either. Good job for doing so. I too felt the pressure of being almost $20,000 in debt. It’s always just been me and I thought I’d never get rid of it. I went to school and ended up making enough to where I was able to knock it all out in a year and a half. While everyone else was redecorating their homes and spending money on frivolous things I was putting my pennies to what would make me happier than shopping. Lots of people go through it. And for most there is a way out of it. We’re very fortunate.
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Hannah March 11, 2012 at 20:47

Thank you so much for your comment – I’m so glad you were also able to free yourself from debt. That’s amazing that you managed to pay off so much in such a short space of time – congratulations :)

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Carmel March 7, 2012 at 20:48

Aw…us silly humans and our plans. I would like to say I’ve learned a lot about not making too many plans–you never know what tomorrow brings–but realistically, I haven’t. I’m still learning it, and that’s ok. Self acceptance has been a long-time goal of mine and I’m happy to say I’m getting better at it.

I will always read what you write–whether it’s sitting on your couch in England or a quick post from a rickshaw!

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Hannah March 11, 2012 at 20:34

Thank you Carmel – I definitely share that goal! I seem to have a habit of progressing and regressing though, so am hoping that by clearing out the unnecessary noise and distractions, I will naturally just feel more at ease in myself. I’m glad you are getting better at it, and look forward to following along on your journey :)

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Elizabeth Bird March 7, 2012 at 20:51

Wonderful post Hannah. I like that- A “journey” blog. I understand your feelings of being overwhelmed. I too sometimes feel like I’m working all the time and don’t have enough time to come up for air and wonder “why?” I’m excited to keep reading and see where your journey takes you!
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Hannah March 11, 2012 at 20:37

Thank you Liz. It certainly has been overwhelming, especially trying to find a place for myself as a new blogger. I realise now though that I don’t need to try and fit in – I can create my own path :)

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Patricia GW March 8, 2012 at 16:20

Hannah, I’m so honored to have inspired you and helped you in any way. With every post I can see you growing and becoming more spiritually aware, it’s really beautiful :) Thank you for such a lovely mention xx

It seems you really needed that space to unplug and climb down your tree, an excellent metaphor for how it feels to be stuck without a way down. The goals are like anything in life – they need balance. My mental image is of Captain Barbosa saying, “They’re not rules… more like guidelines.” It’s smart to have an idea of how much money you’ll need to travel, but working yourself to the bone to reach a specific, higher target leads to unhappiness. It’s something I learned the hard way, too.

A journey blog… that captures the feeling of it so well. It’s so hard to limit yourself to a definition when your life is full of so many different and wonderful things. I look forward to more of your writing, be it about travel or any other journey you’re on :)
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Hannah March 11, 2012 at 20:22

Thank you for your thoughtful and kind words Patricia, as always. “They’re not rules… more like guidelines.” << I love that! I am going to try my hardest to stop making rules and setting limits for myself, and I know that my journey will be all the more rewarding because of this. I always used to think that I was a pretty relaxed and self-aware person, but now realise I am the total opposite, with so much learning and growth ahead of me! I can honestly say though, that I find that idea absolutely thrilling and can't wait to see what lies ahead :)

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Jeremy or IHeartTravel March 8, 2012 at 21:53

Hannah this is why you’re one of my favorite people and bloggers! I came to the same realization over at my blog.

When I started the blog I was about to embark on a year worth of memorable trips, that started in London(<—love it). As the trips dwindled I read most of my posts and they dealt with my life, my thoughts, my concerns….and through talking with a good friend/follower…. I realized to enjoy what I was doing and not over think it. He told me IHeartTravel is more about than just your travels it's about life/your life and all the other adventures through this life.

I was so inspired by this I wrote my self a note not soon after reminding me to just enjoy what I do, and continue to pour my passion and love into it!

I for one will be following your adventure for as long as you keep sharing it!!!

Best !
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Hannah March 11, 2012 at 20:16

Jeremy, your words always manage to make me feel better – thank you so much for your lovely comment and compliment! I feel like I can finally just forget about trying to fit into a niche and just write the TRUTH – ah how I love that word. The truth shall set us free :)

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Renee March 8, 2012 at 23:33

I love your Journey Blog and please keep it going:) We all need to give ourselves a break and some space and know that it is okay to do that. I love getting lost in the unknown and unexpected because you learn and grow as a person – AWESOME! You hit it right on the head “It is ABOUT the JOURNEY” – Love that:) Have a Great Day!
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Hannah March 11, 2012 at 20:13

Thank you so much Renee, that means the world to me :)

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Sarahsomewhere March 9, 2012 at 02:16

I love reading about your inner journey Hannah! I can relate to the endless planning and dreaming, forever moving forward, until you stop and think, what about now? It’s not easy to find a balance between setting goals and being present in the moment, countless books have been written on the subject and probably always will because of the simple fact that most of us aren’t very good at it! I have a mantra ( that I borrowed) “progress not perfection”. It’s been an honour to read about your progress :)

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Hannah March 11, 2012 at 20:11

Thank you, I always love your words Sarah, and will also be borrowing your mantra – it’s simple and succinct. I am learning to tune out from the unnecessary noise and take pleasure in the quiet… I have a habit of getting obsessed with projects though, so am trying not to see this change as a project in itself, and just BE. It’s crazy that what should be the simplest thing in the world for me, might possibly be my greatest challenge yet!

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Kim March 9, 2012 at 05:15

HANNAH!!! I don’t even know what to say except that, once again, I too feel as though I could have written this post myself. I also went through the same challenges and decided my blog was a journey blog, though without the great insight that you have had to actually call it such.

It’s all a journey, right? You know it as much as anybody. You are such an inspiration- a bright light shining all the way across the ocean (I swear I can see it). Keep going- you are so totally on to something here.
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Hannah March 11, 2012 at 20:06

Thanks Kim, I really appreciate your kind words. It has been a difficult few weeks but I feel like a shift has occurred somehow and I am excited to see what lies around the corner, and beyond. It is so wonderfully freeing to stop over-thinking, planning and obsessing, and just go with the flow.

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Savvy Scot March 9, 2012 at 09:02

Hannah! It is like you have found yourself. Your writing style has changed in the sense that you feel totally at peace with yourself. Glad you are back :)
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Hannah March 11, 2012 at 20:03

Thank you so much for your kind words. I feel like I am getting there, though I am still a major work in progress. I feel more relaxed about my writing, and what I am writing about, but the internal journey continues! It’s good to be back though, and to have you reading :)

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Odysseus Drifts March 12, 2012 at 09:49

Hi Hannah! I only just started reading your blog and I already love it. I think writing about both your travels through the world and travels through your personal life is the perfect combination.

Try not to let yourself feel down by not reaching that “perfect” savings goal. Things can still be beautiful without being perfect. For the longest time, I tried saving money in the U.S. for my RTW trip, but things kept happening, like my cat getting sick and needing expensive surgery, and I could never reach my savings goal, even though, like you, I was sometimes working crazy work weeks, up to 70 hours a week. I would get so exhausted from doing this that I’d sometimes get physically ill. Once I even fell asleep on the floor in front of my bed, too tired to even make it into the bed. No joke.

After realizing how profoundly unhappy this lifestyle was making me, I then changed tracks, became an expat in Korea for 2 years — and from the money saved by being an editor in Korea, I am now living my dream and in the middle of a year-long (or maybe longer!) RTW trip. Also, my time in Korea was, in itself, an adventure.

And, like I said, I never did reach my original goal — at least not on the path I originally wanted to pursue — but everything turned out far, far better than my original plans. I hope your life is the same in this regard.
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Toni March 15, 2012 at 21:09

Such a beautiful post of reflection hun and I’m so honoured to be part of your ‘rejuvenation’ =) Accepting that you have strengths and weaknesses is all part of learning who you are as a person and defining the journey that you want to be on whether it’s a solid plan or a plan that changes as you do.
You WILL find your journey and whether you write about your personal journey or a journey that takes the physical road, we will still read =)

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Hannah March 31, 2012 at 08:55

Thank you Toni. It’s so wonderful to have your support. I feel like I am unable to separate my physical and emotional journeys, so for now, I guess that is what my blog will reflect. Who knows though, in a few months time things could change yet again, and I embrace that! xxx

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Therese March 23, 2012 at 04:36

A journey blog… I like that!

“I don’t need to buy a ticket for it, I was born with one. We all were. And that is a story worth sharing.”

Yes, yes, yes it is.

You are a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful soul! Keep rockin, Hannah! <3 <3

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Hannah March 24, 2012 at 19:06

Thank you Therese! And you already know how amazing I think you are, you are such an inspiration :)

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ian w March 25, 2012 at 14:19

When you based you SE Asia costs on Lee’s experiences there in 2008, were you basing it on what he spent in £s or in local currency? For instance if he said “I lived on £20 a day” that would have been 1250 thai baht (for instance) whereas the exchange rate now would provide for less than 1000 baht. Some countries there have also had inflation (particularly Vietnam). Anyway, I think your budget is doable, but don’t expect double room en-suite every night!

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Hannah April 12, 2012 at 14:13

Thank you for your comment Ian. We based our budget on a broad amount of travel experience, and awareness of our travel style. We are very happy to enjoy any kind of accommodation to help keep to this budget, in fact we prefer to keep things basic. The simple life is where it’s at in my opinion – a hammock underneath the stars is my idea of heaven :)

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Alex March 26, 2012 at 02:56

Ahhh, I didn’t realize Lee was Scottish! My boyfriend Mark is a Scotsman as well :) And yes, he has a gift for saving and budgeting unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. It keeps me honest and most of the time, I love it. When I don’t love it is when I want to spend more than the minimum on something for a reason like “this one is prettier…” and Mark will have none of it!
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jenjenk April 7, 2012 at 15:59

Hannah – Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us! and Congratulations to you for getting yourself out of that pit!! I know I get myself into the need for instant gratification throughout the year and it’s a constant battle for me to keep myself from going overboard. :(

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Kelley April 9, 2012 at 00:26

Hi Hannah, what a beautifully written post. I happily stumbled across your blog as I too am preparing to leave my current comfortable life and travel in September, also. I can totally relate to what you’ve been feeling, and have also discovered that this has become a journey in itself – the constant saving and planning and then finally finding a balance. I had my own crash back in October and since then I’ve slowed down and let things happen, the result is that things are now going without a hitch and I’m enjoying the ride. I wish you all the best and look forward to reading more from you.

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Rica April 11, 2012 at 10:32

hi Hannah, I got to your blog thanks to So Many Places.com, and I just would like to say that this post gave me light. I had a fight with my significant other last night about me being too selfish because I’ve been so focused in my travel plans that I’ve forgotten about my present and the people around me. I know chasing a dream means sacrificing alot of things, but I guess we just can’t risk friendships / love just like that. There has to be a balance in everything. That’s why I’m giving my self some “space” this weekend because I’m too caught up with all the planning that I hardly communicate with the world. It’s pretty hard though, and I always try to remind myself that the journey is more important than the destination.

You said…

Patricia helped me realise that I don’t need to push myself to meet goals, standards, criteria or expectations. I just need to let myself go… and allow myself to enjoy the journey that I am on.

I thought I was the only one feeling this…now I’m glad to know that I’m not alone and I can conquer it because of people like you. thanks!

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John Robberson April 17, 2012 at 14:54

Excellent post and goals you’ve set.

We appear to be on the same path. I wish you well, I know you’ll succeed.

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Hannah April 17, 2012 at 20:34

Thank you so much John, that really means a lot. It’s funny, but I have always known this dream would come true… we all have the power to bring our dreams to life. I wish you all the best with your own dream :)

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Monica April 18, 2012 at 21:42

Welcome back! Every good story has it’s share of struggles:)

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Hannah April 18, 2012 at 21:49

Thanks so much Monica! It feels great to back :)

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Carmel April 18, 2012 at 22:18

We are on the journey now. I have to remind myself of that (daily)…the things I am doing now are all part of the journey of long-term travel. It’s tempting to think of it being somewhere off in the future, but as I’ve reflected to myself in my journals many times, if I can’t be present NOW, why do I think that will change when I leave the country?

It’s hard to imagine not fulfilling your dream, but it is a possibility. I figure if I do everything within my power to make it happen, it will. There will be (and definitely have been) major obstacles to getting me there, but like I told my husband, I’ll only feel like a failure if we don’t honestly try. And we are, despite many many setbacks–both financial and emotional.

I’m glad you gave yourself the time to reflect. But I’m also glad to have you back!
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Hannah April 19, 2012 at 20:54

“If I can’t be present NOW, why do I think that will change when I leave the country?” THAT’s IT! You hit the nail on the head exactly. Why didn’t I just email you six weeks ago and save myself all the duvet time? Mind you, I do love my bed! Thank you so much for your kind words and support. I’m back on track now, and my dream is almost in reaching distance – just like yours will be not too much further down the line xxx

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Carmel April 23, 2012 at 21:28

Someone along the line has probably said something similar, but you weren’t ready to hear it or absorb it. Now you are! And just remember, you’ll be missing that bed in no time. Good thing you spent some quality time together. Much love!
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Kim April 18, 2012 at 22:34

Hannah, welcome back!!! I agree that every good story has its setbacks- you’re moving again and that’s all that really matters. Sometimes we need to stop and clear our heads, no shame in that at all.
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Hannah April 19, 2012 at 20:56

Thanks Kim. It feels good to be writing and thinking creatively again :)

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Alexej April 18, 2012 at 22:41

Hold on, stay strong. Exactly the same happened to me while hustling for the same dream you want to live. I forgot how to live, how to enjoy the now and postponed everything to a future date that i couldn’t see anymore at some point of the fight. I think it was round 8 or 9 and i had almost given up.

And now i’m on the road, in Krabi / Thailand since 5 days and have to realize that this is actually happening, that this is my life now, not just a holiday vacation that has to end at some point. What i know already and want to say to you wholeheartedly, is the fact that everything, i mean literally every second of stress and fighting was worth it. You’ll see! I wish you all the power in the world!

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Hannah April 19, 2012 at 20:58

Thank you so much for your lovely comment Alex, I really appreciate it. It’s good to know other people have felt the same, and made it to the other side. Congratulations on realising your dream – I wish you all the best on your travels :)

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Claire April 18, 2012 at 23:02

X x x x x x x x x x

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Hannah April 19, 2012 at 20:59

Right back at ya xxx

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Jeremy or IHeartTravel April 19, 2012 at 14:21

I’m so happy for you hannah!

The path always brings unforeseen challenges we cannot expect, but taking the time needed to face these challenges and overcome them, always does the body good.

Welcome Back!!!!!
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Hannah April 19, 2012 at 20:59

Thank you so much Jeremy :)

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Patricia GW April 19, 2012 at 16:40

Hannah, welcome back! This journey is a hard one, especially when you’re still on the cusp of the beginning. You understand better than anyone what you need to do in order to grow and achieve your dream of travel and living your best life – take as much time as you need, every time, so you can take two steps forward for every one you need to stand still.
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Hannah April 19, 2012 at 21:00

Thank you so much for your kind words Patricia, they mean a lot x

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Marisol April 19, 2012 at 17:06

Hi Hannah, just found your blog through SarahSomewhere. I did enjoy enjoy reading your About page and this post. Your story is touching and inspiring. Congratulations on being so so close to your travel dream. I look forward to read more of your journey from here.

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Hannah April 25, 2012 at 22:00

Hi Marisol, thank you so much for your comment. I have just been looking at your beautiful travel photos – it looks like you have had some wonderful adventures :)

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Lindsay April 19, 2012 at 20:19

Hang in there! Remember “Nothing important in life happens without a cost,” and know that all your hard work will make your future self extremely happy. When you’re sipping a cocktail on some stunningly beautiful beach somewhere, you’ll feel like you truly earned that special moment.

That being said, I definitely feel for you right now. I know that feeling of working and saving– “slaving” for tomorrow and feeling like you’re cheating yourself out of today. I went through a similar roller coaster of emotions over the last year … My advice– cut yourself some slack every now and then. Splurge on fun stuff with my friends every now and then. I planned a “mini vacation” about 5 months before I left, using saved airline miles–a week of doing absolutely nothing visiting family in Florida ;) Cost me almost nothing–but the opportunity to recharge was invaluable.

In 2 weeks I’ll finally get to use my one-way ticket to South America :) Your time will come too, and faster than you can ever imagine….
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Hannah April 19, 2012 at 21:03

Thank you so much for your comment Lindsay, and for your kind words of advice. It sounds like you have a great attitude towards all this travel planning mayhem! I just read some of your blog and am really excited to follow along as you start your adventure – only 16 days to go – wow! I wish you all the best x

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Therese April 20, 2012 at 06:12

Yes, WELCOME BACK!

“It’s beautiful and exciting and fills me with the type of joy that trickles into every cell of your being. My path. Who knows where it will take me or what untold adventures await. And who cares? I don’t need the answers… I just need to put one foot out in front of the other.”

Beautiful… and I feel the same (SO grateful to “be back on my path,” and so grateful that you are too). This calls for celebration!

Cheers!

:-)

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Hannah April 24, 2012 at 21:05

Yes, yes! Let’s celebrate! I’ll raise a glass to your new and inspiring adventure. Cheers indeed xxx

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Sarahsomewhere April 20, 2012 at 08:54

Wonderful to hear from you again, Hannah! It sounds like you are learning so much about yourself, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s what we’re on the planet for. I love Carmel’s comment, and can assure you that whilst travel itself hasn’t changed me, having the space to follow a path that is true to me is definitely worth all the sacrifices. Love ya.
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Hannah April 24, 2012 at 21:10

Thanks Sarah, you are so sweet xxx

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janet April 20, 2012 at 10:11

great writing :)
i too get anxious about the future but it’s all about (trying to) stay in the present. and yes, one step forward at a time!
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Hannah April 24, 2012 at 21:10

Thank you so much Janet. This being present thing is definitely a hard one to master, but I’m working on it :)

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Fiona April 25, 2012 at 20:29

A lovely post Hannah. After reading it I’m excited on your behalf. I wish you safe travels and a wonderful journey. Enjoy India, it’s my favourite place too! Best wishes.
x

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Hannah April 25, 2012 at 21:41

Thank you so much Fiona. I have just been reading through your blog and your adventures in India sound amazing! I hope our paths will cross one day :)

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Carmel April 25, 2012 at 21:37

I’m so so so so happy for you!!! Can’t wait until that day comes for us. Until then, I look forward to having more wonderful blogs to read! Goooooo Hannah and Lee!!!
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Hannah April 25, 2012 at 21:43

Thanks Carmel! I’m just a tad excited ;) I too can’t wait for the day you guys get your tickets, and look forward to sharing adventures with you somewhere around the world xxx

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claire April 25, 2012 at 21:38

Yaaaay!!! Heeeheee Lee’s great, surprising you like that. What a great way to kickstart the dream/REALITY!!!!!! =) xxxxxx

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Hannah April 25, 2012 at 21:44

Yeah, the boy did good! I think I’ll keep him :)

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D.J. - The World of Deej April 25, 2012 at 23:44

Congratulations! That’s so great…looking forward to tagging along with the adventures here!
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Hannah April 26, 2012 at 19:51

Thank you :)

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Robert @ Another Traveler April 26, 2012 at 02:00

Sounds like an awesome start to an amazing journey!! Best of luck and safe travels!!!

Robert
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Hannah April 26, 2012 at 20:36

Thanks so much Robert! I have just checked out your blog – I love the design. Happy to have found another great blog to follow :)

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Caroline @ Traveling 9 to 5 April 26, 2012 at 11:03

I still remember vividly the night Josh and I bought our tickets! It is an exciting and big step, having the confirmation ticket in hand makes all the past months work reality ! Congrats!

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Hannah April 26, 2012 at 20:41

Thanks Caroline. It’s such a wonderful moment isn’t it!

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Jeremy or IHeartTravel April 26, 2012 at 12:27

You can feel the excitement in this post! Congratulations on making a dream a reality !

(Stands up & claps) !
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Hannah April 26, 2012 at 20:39

Thanks so much Jeremy :)

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Sarah Somewhere April 26, 2012 at 17:31

Yipeeeeeeee!
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Hannah April 26, 2012 at 20:39

Yahoooooo!

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jenjenk April 26, 2012 at 20:43

YAY!! So thrilled for you!!! I can’t wait to follow your travels!!!
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Hannah April 26, 2012 at 22:36

Thank you Jen, I’m so grateful x

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Kim April 26, 2012 at 20:54

Yayayaya!!! I won’t forget the night that Brian and I bought our one-way tickets to Ecuador. That night changed everything because our plans went from a dream to a THING, something that existed on the calendar.

I love the way Lee presented the tickets- so adorable.

And our grand adventure together…. I can’t even tell you how excited I am about that.

Congrats Hannah!

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Hannah April 26, 2012 at 22:37

Yeay! Thanks Kim. I remember reading your post and feeling like I would never reach the same point, but now here I am, tickets at the ready! I can’t wait to use them, and to share our epic adventure :)

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Renee April 26, 2012 at 21:56

AMAZING – Congrats – Celebrate and then Enjoy Your Year of Traveling!!!
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Hannah April 26, 2012 at 22:38

Thank you so much for your continued support Renee :)

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Christy April 26, 2012 at 22:14

That’s so exciting!! Congrats!
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Hannah April 26, 2012 at 22:38

Thank you Christy :)

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Patricia GW April 26, 2012 at 23:35

My dear Hannah, how absolutely wonderful and exciting!!! The way Lee presented you with the tickets is just darling! I’m so happy for you both to take the next step in your journey, and realize your dreams. That’s so powerful, and such a gift. It won’t be long now, and it seems so perfect for your first destination to be India. May your journey be full of blessings and joy xxx
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Hannah April 27, 2012 at 18:54

Thank you Tricia xxx

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Sophie April 27, 2012 at 02:14

I`m so happy for you! After all you have been through to get to this moment! Looking forward to following you along your adventures on your travel blog:)

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Hannah April 27, 2012 at 18:56

Thank you so much Sophie, from one vegetarian to another :)

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Flight Centre UK April 27, 2012 at 09:45

Congratulations Hannah! It sounds like you have a wonderful trip planned and we can’t wait to follow you on your adventures :)

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Hannah April 27, 2012 at 19:17

Thank you Jayne, and everyone at Flight Centre UK :)

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Bob R April 27, 2012 at 10:26

Excellent, congrats! Mine begins in January. :) Best of luck to you both!
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Hannah April 27, 2012 at 18:59

Thank you Bob – I wish you all the best with your own adventures too :)

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Phillipa Sen April 27, 2012 at 15:35

I can’t believe that I will soon be saying farewell, punardarśanāya, namaste, adios, pop kan mai to my best friend. I am soooo excited for you! and love you the world over! xxx

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Hannah April 27, 2012 at 19:00

We won’t say any of those things, we’ll just say “see you later”. I’ll save you a spot on the beach xxx

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Susan @ Travel Junkette April 27, 2012 at 15:46

YAY! So excited for you, Hannah! After all your hard work, you definitely deserve it. I’ll look forward to following your adventures.
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Hannah April 27, 2012 at 19:01

Thank you so much Susan! That really means a lot :)

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Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) April 28, 2012 at 01:04

So exciting! My husband and I are currently planning an upcoming RTW trip where we intend to visit India (neither of us has been before), so I eagerly look forward to reading about your trip! We have yet to buy our tickets, so our trip doesn’t seem quite real just yet. It must feel so good to have made the leap!
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Hannah May 2, 2012 at 22:30

Thank you Steph – and congratulations on your own forthcoming adventures! I’ve just been checking out your blog and I love it – I look forward to following along and wish you all the best x

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Kieron April 28, 2012 at 11:55

Congratulations! Let the countdown begin! :)

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Hannah May 2, 2012 at 22:30

Thanks Kieron!

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Jonathan Welford April 29, 2012 at 09:16

Well done you. Follow your dream. I did something similar, we set off for a year off, living in Europe, Turkey, Asia and Thailand for a whole year, it was a completely amazing experience.

I worked very hard to pull it off. At 39 I am now debt and mortgage free, I have a wonderful marriage, live and own a house in a great area and a super life and keep adding to my life experiences. I live my life for me, I try not to get swept away with commercial popular culture must haves, I have basic clothes, an elderly car and a fabulous life.

Keep on with your journey, I look forward to following your adventures on here.

Jonathan

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Hannah May 2, 2012 at 21:57

Wow, thank you for your lovely comment Jonathan, and congratulations on successfully realising your dreams – that’s a wonderful story. I think experiencing debt can really help to ground you again and keep you focused on what matters in life. It sounds like you have a great outlook on things and I wish you much happiness :)

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Vacay Girl April 30, 2012 at 03:47

I’m was so excited when I saw the picture of your flight arrangements. You are such an inspiration! I wish the two of you much success in your travels. Of course I will continue to watch for more of your blogs until then. I’m pretty sure you will go through a wide range of emotions all the way up until you get to your RTW date. No matter what you are setting out to achieve your goal and that within itself is pretty awesome.
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Hannah May 2, 2012 at 22:36

Wow, what a lovely compliment – thank you so much for following our journey xxx

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Savvy Scot May 1, 2012 at 10:07

GLAD YOU ARE BACK!
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Hannah May 2, 2012 at 21:53

Thank you, that really means a lot :)

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Savvy Scot May 1, 2012 at 10:14

So excited for you (and a little jealous)!!

Give me a shout when you head over to Thailand and I will point you in the direction of some good people and tips for Phuket/Phi Phi/Similans etc.
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Hannah May 2, 2012 at 21:53

Thank you so much! I will definitely give you a shout when we are in Thailand :)

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Dalene May 6, 2012 at 09:51

Congratulations Hannah! And I am so glad you are leaving lots of your journey unplanned, there will surely be things along the way that will guide you where you need to be. It’s the best way to do it (in my very humble opinion!)
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Hannah May 6, 2012 at 16:47

Thank you Dalene. I absolutely agree, and we plan to not plan as much as possible! I want to be able to really get to know each place we visit in a real and authentic way, without time constraints or prior motives. I have also been hugely inspired by your blog to explore the idea of house sitting and look toward to seeing where that might take us :)

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Jeremy or IHeartTravel May 8, 2012 at 17:45

This is such a beautiful written post Hannah. I couldn’t be anymore happier for a person realizing their dream, and being able to see it daily.

I congratulate you for working so hard towards something, and making what was once a dream, a reality !
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Hannah May 8, 2012 at 22:06

Wow, what a lovely comment, thank you Jeremy. That means so much :)

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Kim May 8, 2012 at 20:58

Hannah. Congratulations. You’ve worked hard for your dream and you deserve every good thing that comes from it.

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Hannah May 8, 2012 at 22:09

Thanks Kim, and the same goes for you. The parallels in our journey have been a huge source of strength and inspiration and I look forward to following as you and Brian head off on your adventure! Oh yeah, and I’m just a tad excited about that little trip we’re taking in India too…

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Leslyn May 8, 2012 at 22:08

Hannah, so looking forward to reading about your travels!!

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Hannah May 8, 2012 at 22:10

Thank you so much! I can’t wait to pin them all too :)

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Lindsey May 9, 2012 at 00:02

Hannah,
I just discovered your blog, and what a beautiful post to serve as my virtual introduction to you! It resonated with me a lot, and I love the honesty in it. I can’t wait to read as your travels unfold!
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Hannah May 9, 2012 at 23:12

Thank you Lindsey, I’m so glad you found me! I have just been checking out your blog too and it is great – looking forward to reading more :)

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Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) May 9, 2012 at 04:06

” I have gone from being a dreamer, to a doer.”

I love this line! Such a great sentiment and something I aspire to as well. Rather than being at peace with our upcoming journey, however, I’ve been a total mess ever since we bought our tickets! I guess it is really starting to sink in that “going” also means “leaving”. I am having a hard time letting go, but no one ever said the shift from dreaming to doing was an easy one.
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Hannah May 9, 2012 at 23:15

Thanks Steph! I know exactly how you are feeling about leaving – I went through that a few months ago, but now am feeling surprisingly calm about things. With over four months until we actually leave though, this could change at any moment! I know I will be a blubbering mess when it comes to actually saying my goodbyes…

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Maddie May 9, 2012 at 10:45

Beautifully written Hannah, it’s lovely to see a fellow dreamer make their dreams a reality. I’ve recently discovered your blog and can’t wait to follow your adventures.

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Hannah May 9, 2012 at 23:19

Thanks so much Maddie. I will be following along on your adventures too – great job on your new blog :)

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Devin May 9, 2012 at 13:55

You have been my greatest inspiration! I decided to take a leap as well. I am going to travel Europe for 22 days beginning in the middle of July (I am from the US). I will be landing and returning from London :) It is very hard waiting! 7 more weeks before I put in my resignation at a job that has been both mentally and emotionally exhausting these last four years. I have saved a years worth of expenses. I am scared of finding another job when I return, but I am not going to worry about it, and sit back and enjoy a part of my dream. Thank you! I can’t wait to read about your future adventures!

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Hannah May 9, 2012 at 23:21

Wow, what a lovely compliment, thank you so much Devin! And congratulations on your amazing plans – you are very inspiring yourself. I wish you all the best for your trip :)

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Patricia GW May 9, 2012 at 15:23

“Dreams and reality have been woven together like a tapestry bound with over-locking threads – each crossing the other in the opposite direction, and yet working together to create something unique and beautiful.”

You put it so beautifully Hannah, you are so aware of the wisdom that your hard work and sacrifices have earned you. You followed your bliss and now there are so many blessings ahead of you that are only possible because you married your dream with action. I’m incredibly happy and excited for you xxx
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Hannah May 9, 2012 at 23:22

Thank you so much my dear xxx

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Rhonda May 9, 2012 at 19:52

What a lovely post! Well done. I came upon your website recently, having become “newish” friends of Kim & Brian. My husband & I did a 14mth backpacking trip around the world in 2007-2008 and are currently in full on plan mode to leave in 2014 to drive the Pan American highway for an indeterminate time frame.
Thanks for the excellent inspiration and we can not wait to follow you crazy ladies along as you race through India!
Cheers to you for following your dream and allowing it to take life.
Rhonda
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Hannah May 9, 2012 at 23:28

Hi Rhonda, thank you for your kind comment. Your plans sound amazing and I am so inspired by what you and Jim are doing – truly amazing! I have just checked out your blog and look forward to reading more as you prepare for this epic adventure :)

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D.J. - The World of Deej May 9, 2012 at 23:36

I love your last line Hannah…Keep at it… those dreams are going to be even more real soon enough!
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Hannah May 10, 2012 at 00:07

Cheers D.J. – I can’t wait!

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Sarahsomewhere May 10, 2012 at 05:07

You have such a poetic voice Hannah, one that sings from your soul! I am glad you are in a peaceful place and learning all the lessons you need to :)
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Hannah May 10, 2012 at 20:31

That is a mighty compliment coming from you my dear – thank you :)

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Alex May 10, 2012 at 05:42

Congratulations Hannah, what a big step! I really look forward to following your adventures.

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Hannah May 10, 2012 at 20:30

Thanks Alex, I really appreciate that. I hope our paths can cross some day :)

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Carmel May 10, 2012 at 21:13

I think you are amazing. You’re not only challenging yourself by saving the money to follow your dream, but also by mentally preparing yourself. It’s something I am working on now. I hope by the time I get closer, I’ll be in a more peaceful and mentally prepared place. Right now, many months away, I’m still flipping out over little (and not so little) things. Over the past few months, I’ve received many comments about strength…but I think resilience is a much more admirable and necessary quality in life.
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Hannah May 10, 2012 at 22:07

Thank you Carmel. I think resilience is dependent on strength and vice versa. You need to be strong to keep pushing yourself, and you need to keep pushing yourself to be strong. Some days I am both, other days I am neither. You my dear, are definitely both :)

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jenjenk May 10, 2012 at 22:49

Thank you for this great reminder!! I need to print this out near my credit cards so I can resist the temptation of the instant gratification!!
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Hannah May 15, 2012 at 21:13

Thanks Jen! Yes, leaving the credit cards alone can be hard. When I was getting myself out of debt I used to think of how much travel I could buy for the same price as the item I was tempted with. Would I rather have a new dress, or another day out on the road? Needless to say, I gave up shopping a long time ago :)

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Spencer May 11, 2012 at 04:07

Very pleased for you! I went RTW at the age of 32 and I absolutely loved it. Infact it changed the way I live my life. I look forward to reading all about your travel adventures.
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Hannah May 15, 2012 at 21:14

Thanks Spencer :)

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Steph - DiscoveringIce.com May 12, 2012 at 05:04

Hello Hannah, I just need to say that I LOVE your writing! I cant stop reading until I have finished! So I am here at your very first post prepared to read all of them until present and catch up on your journey! I love everything you are doing, you are much more organized than me though…I left in January for a 3 week holiday to Colombia, and never returned (long story). Four months later, here I am in Mexico with my boyfriend and happier than ever….I didn’t have the chance to do any of the ‘before the trip’ type blog posts but I really like the style of your posts so you have inspired me to write about the motivations and (lack of) planning behind my round the world long term travel adventure and not just about the destinations I’ve been to! :)
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Hannah May 15, 2012 at 21:08

Hi Steph, thank you so much for your lovely comment, it really means a lot. I’m going to head over to your blog now and bring myself up to date with your adventures :)

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Steph - DiscoveringIce.com May 14, 2012 at 06:34

Wow, (still catching up on all your blog posts here) what a fantastic 2011 you have had and I can see your blog has grown even more in popularity in the last few months! I am really enjoying it I must say and it is only going to get bigger and bigger. I can see you becoming one of the most prominent travel bloggers of 2012!

And more importantly only 4 months until your adventure and your new life begins! How exciting! Time will fly! :)
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Hannah May 15, 2012 at 21:04

Wow, what an amazing compliment! I am so touched that you have gone to the trouble of reading through all of my posts – thank you so much :)

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Tal Gur May 15, 2012 at 01:41

“What now fills the space is an altogether novel sensation of calmness; a knowing. I feel like I have crossed a threshold; I have gone from being a dreamer, to a doer.” – Wonderful writing… Our stories are very, very similar by the way. I closed $35,000 debt in roughly the same period of time and am now on my third year of travel round the world. Keep enjoying the journey!
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Hannah May 15, 2012 at 21:02

Hi Tal, thank you so much. I’m off to read your blog now, your story sounds amazing…

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Marisol@TravelingSolemates May 15, 2012 at 13:10

Hi Hannah, another very beautiful, touching thoughts and writing. I’m so moved by your determination. I’m happy for you, that you’re almost on the goal line. I can’t wait to follow you as you live your dream.
-Marisol

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Hannah May 15, 2012 at 21:00

Thank you so much Marisol :)

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Rhonda May 17, 2012 at 20:46

That was so well written Hannah! I could feel myself with you on that beach, my skin warmed by the sun and sand between my toes.
As we plan I, too, daydream my way through work and occasionally don’t appreciate my day to day as much as I should, wishing the time to move faster towards our dream life.
Hang in there, time does fly by and sooner than you think you’ll be on that plane to India.
Cheers,
Rhonda
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Hannah May 19, 2012 at 14:00

Thank you for your kind comment Rhonda. I know the time will pass soon enough, and before I know it I’ll finally be on that beach :)

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Ryan at Travel and Graphs May 17, 2012 at 22:36

Enjoyed this read, Hannah. I can’t imagine what waiting a year and half is like…the six months I had to wait after I set my mind on travel were torturous!
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Hannah May 19, 2012 at 14:16

Cheers Ryan! By the time we actually leave I will have been waiting 22 months – 22 very long months!

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Jeremy or IHeartTravel May 17, 2012 at 23:09

The words of a true dreamer:

“If I can dream it, I can do it.”, I simply love it Hannah!

The finish line is almost upon you, keep dreaming senora, keep dreaming (as if I had to say that) :)
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Hannah May 19, 2012 at 14:17

Thanks Jeremy :)

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Lindsey May 18, 2012 at 00:11

Haha this is me to a T! I’m so excited for you both – only twenty weeks?! I agree with Rhonda – I love the way you write. I love the quotes as well, both of those sit above my computer :) Imagination truly is a gift.

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Hannah May 19, 2012 at 14:19

Thank you so much Lindsey, what a wonderful compliment :)

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Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) May 18, 2012 at 01:53

Another wonderfully inspiring post. I really connected with your sentiment about how dreaming is sometimes just as fun as the doing. For me, sometimes this is actually a problem, because I legitimately get such great enjoyment in researching destinations and thinking of all the things that might be that I sometimes fail to ask. Sometimes I think the hardest thing in the world is taking that step that brings you to your dreams and makes them come alive.

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Hannah May 19, 2012 at 14:23

Thank you Steph. I too have spent many an hour on Google looking at places I want to go – I love it! I truly believe our dreams are what help carry us forward towards our most authentic selves, so keep at it :)

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izzy May 18, 2012 at 04:40

Hi Hannah,

I really liked the line that you stated following a dream is like a “strange culmination of feeling endlessly broken down and built back up again”. It is fascinating to me that this is what a dream entails.

In theory, I would think that we as humans would be attracted to primarily things that only give us pleasure. Yet, when we step out to chase our dreams it is never easy. There are always crazy challenges that can leave our emotions on anything but stable. Yet, we are attracted to going after a dream. Why?

I’m not totally sure. Maybe, because somewhere inside we actually enjoy the pleasure of the pain. You even seem to relish in it, as you are able to talk about getting back up.

This post made me think a lot :)
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Hannah June 11, 2012 at 21:55

Thank you for your comment Izzy. I think it takes a lot of strength, courage and determination to pursue your dreams, and it can be a life changing process with unexpected challenges and gifts. I certainly wouldn’t say that I relish the pain it can cause, but I have a very healthy awareness of what it takes to bring my dreams to fruition. Nothing worth having comes easy, and really, if it did, would it mean as much? I’m glad this post made you think, and I wish you all the best in pursuing your own dreams :)

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Kim May 18, 2012 at 05:34

I can’t tell you the number of hours I spent in staff meetings daydreaming of the future. Now that that future is upon me the only advice I can give is enjoy the time you have at home, now. I never quite figured out how to live that advice, until right now at the end, but time will pass quickly…. it is all precious.
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Hannah May 19, 2012 at 14:24

No more staff meetings for you young lady – woo hoo!

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Sarahsomewhere May 18, 2012 at 07:48

A beautiful post Hannah. You so eloquently sum up the paradox of ‘dream planning’ – that it’s ALL about the future! Four months into our journey and I still find myself projecting into the future, but that’s the nature of travel, finding a balance between what’s around the corner and what’s ‘here’. It’s so exciting though, I don’t think I’ll ever find the balance, and like you, I dont care!
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Hannah May 19, 2012 at 14:26

Thanks Sarah – and yes, like you I doubt I will ever get that balance right either. Once a dreamer, always a dreamer!

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Patricia GW May 18, 2012 at 15:44

“If I can dream it, I can do it.” Yes you can, Hannah!! You spent the past year and a half dreaming, but also working hard in order to secure that dream. It’s a good trade, a few years of your life to earn the freedom you’ll carry for the rest of your life. You have a real gift for eloquently expressing your feelings and having them reverberate in other’s hearts. I know it hit a strong chord in mine xxx
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Hannah May 19, 2012 at 14:27

Thank you so much my dear x

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Steph - DiscoveringIce.com May 19, 2012 at 05:32

Wow Hannah, love this! I am a huge fan of inspirational quotes! I think I need to start a notebook too, great idea!

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” really stood out to me, it’s so beautiful! I will have to share that one soon. Also Sarah and Kim’s quotes are AMAZING! I am going to check out their blogs now!

Will definitely be coming back to this post for future inspiration! :)
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Leah Travels May 21, 2012 at 22:40

Beautifully-written post, Hannah. Your words are so descriptive and full of life. By the way, I grew up not far from Happy; it’s in the Texas Panhandle. But I think you can find Happy anywhere. Safe travels.
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Hannah May 22, 2012 at 23:16

Thank you Leah! And you are so right – Happy really can be found anywhere (though I would love to go to the real one!).

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Savvy Scot May 22, 2012 at 13:02

I too was there with you in that moment – keep up the writing Hannah :)
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Hannah June 6, 2012 at 00:21

Thank you so much – it’s great to have you along for the ride :)

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Carmel May 22, 2012 at 22:32

Ugh…I know exactly how you feel. I’m such a planner! For me, it’s a mental escape. It helps me remember why I’m sitting at this desk, bored out of my mind…it helps me daydream. But I do get caught up in the planning and sometimes forget to experience. It’ll be strange at first, but then it’ll be great. My husband recently reminded me how much more relaxed and carefree I am when we’re traveling. We have never taken a real “vacation” together (like sitting on a tropical island doing nothing), but our little adventures have always been fun, relaxing, and exciting. I think it’ll all come together once you’re doing it. Just have to be willing to let go at some point.

Until then, enjoy the planning and daydreaming. I have a million places I want to go, but when someone asks me all the places we’re going, I usually say, “well, we’re starting in Mongolia and then working our way south. We hope to get to Europe, too.” Que sera, sera. :)
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Hannah May 22, 2012 at 22:50

Yeah, I always say “We’re starting in India, then heading on through SEA…” It never gets more specific than that! Though I can happily dream ’till the cows come home, I worry that my obsessive planning will get in the way of simply letting the adventure unfold. The dreamer will be a part of me forever, but the planner needs to take a chill pill ;)

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D.J. - The World of Deej May 22, 2012 at 23:46

Un-planning is very hard for me, but I’m getting better at it. For example, we are heading on a two week trip in July, yet all I’ve put together is hotels, a couple tours, and a few restaurants. Yes, this is still a lot, but definitely not much by my standards….
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Hannah May 29, 2012 at 20:50

Every good un-planner has to start somewhere :)

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Lindsey May 22, 2012 at 23:54

Here’s to unplanned plans! I always end up having very vague plans, though I did have a huge production running over a trip to the US … thank god it was cancelled! I know you’ll have a great time, plans or not, and I hope to meet you one day during those un-plans ;)
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Hannah May 29, 2012 at 20:51

Thanks Lindsey – I would love that! Let’s un-plan something soon :)

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Steph - DiscoveringIce.com May 23, 2012 at 00:05

Completely agree! The best plans are always the ones that are not planned, be that travel, or just a simple ‘unplanned’ night out with friends!

We were on our South American adventure, starting in Colombia a few weeks ago, about to travel to Ecuador when an opportunity in Mexico came up and here we are a few weeks later taking our time to explore this beautiful country before getting back to our South American adventure! The beauty of un-plans indeed! :)

Also I have always wanted to go to the Holi festival in India! How exciting for you! :)
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Hannah May 29, 2012 at 20:53

Sounds like the perfect example of going where the wind takes you. I love it when life hands you these wonderfully unexpected opportunities :)

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Sarahsomewhere May 23, 2012 at 03:10

A beautiful post about the nature of ‘unplanned’ travel! It seems everyone wants to know where you’re going before you leave, and I don’t know about you, but I felt pressured to give them an answer! I love the crack reference! Google searching and travel researching can be so addictive!!!

My plans are still in the hands of the gods too, all I know is I have to be in India by Christmas, but honestly, I have no idea where I’ll be coming from. I love that you have faith in the universe revealing a plan for you, I need to constantly be reminded to let go and enjoy the journey as it unfolds.

This is so exciting!!!!!!!!!! See you soon ;)
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Hannah May 29, 2012 at 20:56

I felt pressured to give myself an answer more than anyone else, but I’m learning that life is better left unplanned, with just a few general suggestions thrown in for good measure!

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Lucie May 23, 2012 at 07:48

Oh wow, I recognize myself very much in that article, although I try to force myself to live the present. But how many times have I started to daydream about my trip. One year of dreaming, more than one year ahead to dream still….
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Hannah June 6, 2012 at 00:23

Hi Lucie, you reminded me of the lyrics from the song ‘Happy Talk’… “You’ve got to have a dream – if you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?” Happy dreaming to you :)

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Rhonda May 23, 2012 at 16:16

So jealous you’ll be spending a few months in Goa. We were only there for a couple of weeks but could easily have called it home for much longer. Enjoy that lovely slice of India for us until we can get back there!
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Hannah May 29, 2012 at 20:57

Will do Rhonda!

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Becki | @BackpackerBecki May 23, 2012 at 21:55

I used to be a huge planner but ever since knowing that I am on indefinate time, like you will be, I have become much more chilled about my approach to travel. I will still plan to some extent and have had to map out my first few months according to tours and volunteer placements etc, but knowing that I can wake up and go “Yea, I quite like it here – I’ll stay for a couple more days” has totally changed my perspective. Good luck. I think you will be surprised at how much an open road ahead changes you :)

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Hannah May 29, 2012 at 20:58

I think it was my initial excitement that had me planning every which way, but now I think I will definitely be more inclined to just see where life takes me :)

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Vicky May 24, 2012 at 18:08

How exciting to finally have the tickets!! I’m sure it’s all starting to feel so much more real now! My boyfriend and I are heading out on our trip in mid September – starting in Japan and then working our way through most of the countries in Asia. We are just going to buy tickets as we go — trying to maximize those credit card miles we’ve been earning, so we haven’t bought our tickets yet but I’m sure once we do it’ll be a huge shock!
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Hannah June 5, 2012 at 23:48

Hi Vicky, thank you for your comment. It looks like we will be visiting a lot of the same countries, so I hope our paths will cross one day :)

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izzy May 25, 2012 at 06:00

Hi Hannah,
I, like you, am a total planner. I love Excel, organization systems, and structured methods of attack on a to do list :)

That being said there is a fine line between planning which leads to enjoyment and planning that is just flat out rigid and limiting.

I like the way you are approaching it. It seems like you have a faily solid idea of what you want to do but have left lots of room for total awesomeness to unexpectedly sweep you away.

I know that for me, planning opens more doors than it closes. When I plan for something it allows me to step back and address the question: “What do I want from this?”

Then once I know the answer then I can go full steam ahead!
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Hannah May 29, 2012 at 21:02

Thanks Izzy – I am definitely leaving room for total awesomeness :)

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Ian [EagerExistence] May 25, 2012 at 13:14

I’m just the opposite. Sometimes I’ll be travelling onto somewhere that I know will be very busy (a big carnival or festival like Rio Mardi Gras, or Oktoberfest)… but I’m an un-planner… so I can’t be bothered doing the research, reading the books, and organising things. I prefer just to get off the bus/train/plane and see what happens… often to my detriment.
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Hannah May 29, 2012 at 21:05

Yeah, I guess at times like that I will definitely indulge my planner side! I like your style though – just rocking up unplanned like that must be very liberating in some ways :)

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Patricia GW May 25, 2012 at 15:49

It’s always such a pleasure to read your writing, like a refreshing breath of fresh air. What’s more meaningful than planning is that you have a purpose. To create the Further Bound foundation, fulfill your travel dreams, and be with the one you love colors every day. You can wake up one morning in Goa and not have any idea what the day will be like, but it’s yours to enjoy and cherish in how it unfolds on its own xxx
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Hannah May 29, 2012 at 21:06

Thanks Tricia, your encouragement and support is such a gift xxx

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Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) May 27, 2012 at 17:43

I feel like I could have written this post, because I too am a major planner. Tony has frequently accused me of enjoying the planning phase of life just as much, if not more, than the actual living of life! I love researching just about everything and getting swept away in other people’s travel stories and photos, that sometimes it’s hard for me to pull the trigger and just commit to my own adventure. Harder yet is dealing with long-term travel where every day cannot be scheduled! Tony and I have had a rough itinerary for our RTW trip for about a year now, one that I felt made so much sense. And of course, now that we are set to depart in just over 2 months, we’re realizing that we’re going to have to rejigger the whole thing, pretty much from the get-go… Of course I’m looking into all the options for Plan B, but I’m starting to realize that part of the fun is going to be the element of the unknown!
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Hannah May 29, 2012 at 21:10

I think I would have driven myself more than a little crazy if I had been allowed to plan beyond our first six months! I’m sure we will both find that our inner planners learn to relax once our travels begin, and the beauty of the unexpected takes hold. Happy un-planning :)

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Klaus Kommoss May 28, 2012 at 06:13

Our times of planning a RTW life happened so many years ago, so I cannot directly relate to your numbers so much. However, I hear all the music behind it, and I want to send you my warmest wishes for a good start of all this.
This kind of planning is very necessary; but on the way you will continuously revise it. Try to keep it all as open as you can, you will be surprised how often and how much you’ll change your mind.
We burned our bridges 25 years ago and had a ball ever since, never really returned home. But then the traveling became slower and slower and we found a new attitude toward the phenomenon of home; we could live anywhere.
In general we found it cheaper to travel than to live at home.
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Hannah June 5, 2012 at 23:46

Hi Klaus, thank you so much for your comment and warm wishes. This budget has already been revised considerably, as I found it impossible to continue working the hours necessary to reach my target. Right now, we’re aiming for £25K – maybe a little more – and it feels good to let go of the pressure I was placing upon myself! It sounds like you have certainly got a great outlook on life, and I look forward to checking out your blog and reading more about it :)

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Leslyn Kantner May 29, 2012 at 01:31

Wonderful post Hannah, but I am dying to know what a “car boot sale” is?

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Hannah May 29, 2012 at 07:58

Haha! It’s the British equivalent of a yard sale, but you sell your stuff out of the back of your car! I’ll be writing a post about them soon with photos :)

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Lindsey May 29, 2012 at 07:05

Ah man, I had this feeling a couple of months ago, just after I made the decision to travel indefinitely. A holiday at home is definitely how I felt, and it really made me appreciate where I live now, even though I do want to experience so much more of the world as well. Enjoy your part of the world while you’re there – you know you want to book those flights ;)
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Hannah May 29, 2012 at 08:04

Thanks Lindsey – I really do!

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Sarah somewhere May 29, 2012 at 15:30

British summers are the best! I love how everyone rips off their business suits in the parks, flock to the seaside and spill onto sidewalks clutching plastic pints!!!!! You just appreciate the sun so much more when it’s a rare gift. Enjoy :)

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Hannah May 29, 2012 at 20:45

It truly is rare – sadly it already looks like it’s about to rain again!

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Carmel May 29, 2012 at 15:40

Portland is the same way. The sun comes out and everyone wanders outside, bleary-eyed from being indoors far too long, and ready to do EVERYTHING they can in the few sunny days we have. Enjoy it while you can and keep your eyes focused on the bigger goal…I can relate to the temptation of booking a weekend or short trip. If we had more time off, I probably would have been more tempted to buy those cheap tickets to NYC for a long weekend in September. I love your mental photograph of that simple moment. It’s easy to let those slip by unnoticed, but retreating back to those moments will be a cure for your homesickness one day.
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Hannah May 29, 2012 at 20:47

Thanks Carmel. Good to know we Brits aren’t the only ones :)

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Carmel May 29, 2012 at 21:20

Oh gosh no. It only takes a little bit of sunshine before all the white legs come out. It doesn’t even have to be warm!
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Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) May 29, 2012 at 21:23

I wish I lived somewhere where I looked forward to the summers! When I lived in Toronto, the final thaw of snow come May was always cause for celebration, but summers in Nashville are SO hot that I much prefer the spring and fall to the overbearing heat and humidity that heralds the reign of summer here in the South. I keep reminding myself that it’s only going to be worse in Asia, but it’s hard to believe it at this point! :D
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Hannah May 29, 2012 at 22:30

Coming from a place that enjoys around 20 days of summer a year, I can’t imagine what it must be like in Nashville, but I’m kinda jealous!

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Claire May 29, 2012 at 21:27

Let love rule :)

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Hannah May 29, 2012 at 22:30

Indeed!

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Jeremy or IHeartTravel May 29, 2012 at 21:32

A little sun in your life, a knowing of more adventurous/fun tomorrows, you my friend are living the good life !
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Hannah May 29, 2012 at 22:31

As are you my friend :)

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Marisol@TravelingSolemates May 30, 2012 at 03:13

Aahhh sunshine….had been longing for it but today we got too much of it in NYC. It feels like July:( Glad you enjoyed your burst of sunshine. As usual, your writing is soooo beautiful. Felt like I was reading a poem. Hannah, in my next lifetime I’ve asked that I be made to write like you!
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Hannah May 30, 2012 at 08:02

Wow, what a beautiful compliment. Thank you so much Marisol, you have no idea how much that means to me. I hope NYC is a little kinder to you today – I love that city :)

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Kim May 30, 2012 at 03:52

You know what? I just plan for the love of planning, knowing full well that I might not follow those plans at all. But I love to think that I have some sort of notion how things might go, nevermind if they go that way at all. Such an exciting adventure ahead of you Hannah!
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Hannah June 2, 2012 at 14:25

Yeah, I’m sure there will be a lot of that type of planning going on with me too! But as we both get used to life out on the road, I’m pretty certain life will get in the way of our Google time, and our plans won’t stretch much further than where to go for dinner :)

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Kim May 30, 2012 at 03:55

I definitely understand this! When the sun shines in Portland I am like a new woman… emboldened to enjoy life in a way I normally wouldn’t do everyday. Sunshine is magic!
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Hannah May 30, 2012 at 08:04

It certainly is! I’m looking forward to sharing some magic with you soon :)

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izzy May 30, 2012 at 04:43

Hi Hannah,
I think you bring up a great challenge. How do we enjoy and fully take in our present experiences? How do we develop gratitude for the moments in our life?

The fact that you will soon be leaving this experience for the life of travel seems to have opened your eyes to many beautiful things in your life. I think that is awesome!

I for one, tend to develop gratitude when my experiences are nearing an end or I no longer have access to things.

For example, I currently live in Japan, and there are a lot of things that I simply cannot access. I am from America and moved here about a year ago. There are many things I love about living in Japan but one of the things that is the most powerful is a gratitude for the little things in my life. I now appreciate a conversation with my parents more than ever, being able to read a menu at a restaurant is thrilling, and finding a tortilla is overwhelmingly exciting!

I think it is great that you are finding ways to cherish the little moments in your life.
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Hannah May 30, 2012 at 08:07

Thanks for your comment Izzy. I’m not always so aware, but recently have been trying to enjoy the present instead of always dreaming of the future. The good weather certainly makes is a lot easier! Having said that, the first thing I thought of when I woke up this morning was the fact that in exactly four months time, our adventure finally begins. I guess I’m a work in progress!

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Alex May 30, 2012 at 19:14

Hey Hannah!

My wife and I just started reading your blog and love it! Can’t wait for you to begin your traveling journey! I completely understand everything you said here. I live in New York City and am so excited for the warm weather to be here after being confined to my small apartment for the winter. Whenever the sun is out, we try to go outside and just enjoy it as much as we can!

Alex

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Hannah June 2, 2012 at 14:31

Hi Alex, thank you so much! That makes me so happy :) Sadly the sun has already faded here in England, but I hope you guys are enjoying it over in NYC – it’s one of my favourite cities in the world.

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Carmel May 30, 2012 at 20:40

Yeah, I need to do that whole passport thing, too. I realized mine had expired about a month after it did, but I was getting married a year later, so I thought I’d just wait to do it then. I’ve now been married for a year and a half and still haven’t gotten it. Guess I’m a bit of a procrastinator, too.
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Hannah May 31, 2012 at 22:52

It’s definitely time to get that passport, Carmel! I would put that at the top of your list :)

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Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) May 30, 2012 at 20:58

Ditto on the passport thing as well. I can’t do that until we’re in Toronto, though, so that’s getting put off until the end of next month. But I should probably look into vaccinations before my student health insurance expires, and pretty soon Tony and I need to look into buying our Japan Rail Passes… and getting our international drivers permits…and selling all our stuff and packing the stuff we aren’t selling. Yeesh, once all this is done, I’m gonna need a vacation!
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Hannah May 31, 2012 at 22:55

Haha, yes a vacation will definitely be in order ;) Sounds like you have a list even longer than mine!

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Kim May 30, 2012 at 22:03

I STILL have things on my to-do list which I said “oh, we’ll just do that when we’re back in Ohio for three weeks” but one week has already whizzed by and I haven’t done a thing!

I did want to tell you that in a whirlwind panic Brian and I applied for our Indian Visa’s on THE LAST DAY WE HAD A PERMANENT ADDRESS! We applied for 10 year Visa’s and just got an email that they have been approved… now just have to wait and make sure they gave us 10 year and not six month, which would be bad!

Anyway, congrats on knocking things off your to-do list!
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Hannah May 31, 2012 at 22:56

Don’t say that Kim, you are my list-making role model. If you can’t finish everything, what hope do I have?! Congrats on the 10Y visa – amazing :)

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Carmel May 31, 2012 at 16:26

All this visa talk is making me nauseous. I haven’t even started to look at what we have to apply for….
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Hannah May 31, 2012 at 22:57

I know. We’ll be kind of screwed if we don’t get ours!

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Devin May 31, 2012 at 17:28

Yay! Upcoming travel is sooo exciting! I am also looking for a nice backpack for my travels, which one did you end up buying?

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Hannah May 31, 2012 at 22:59

It’s an MEI Voyageur – I’ll be writing a post about it as soon as it arrives :)

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Rhonda May 31, 2012 at 20:09

good for you! Take one thing at a time and soon enough you’ll be leaving on a jetplane!
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Hannah May 31, 2012 at 23:00

Thanks Rhonda, the productivity is going strong :)

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Lucie May 31, 2012 at 21:37

This rare gift has gone already and the terrible weather is coming… sad but at least, for a few days, we all truly enjoyed the British summer!

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Hannah June 2, 2012 at 14:33

It was wonderful while it lasted, wasn’t it?! The rain has just started here in Brighton – boooo. Why do we never get more than a few days of summer here?! Thank goodness we can travel to get our sunshine fix!

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Ryan at Travel and Graphs June 1, 2012 at 01:25

I remember that magical feeling, I had it right before I left for my trip. Kind of glad that I did not have to go through all the paperwork you do, but then again super jealous you get to go to India!

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Hannah June 2, 2012 at 13:59

Ryan, you should definitely try and make it to India at some stage on your travels – it is well worth the paperwork, believe me :)

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Sarah Somewhere June 1, 2012 at 09:19

So glad you are feeling happy :) I thought you must have done something graphicky with that ‘Om’ symbol, as I have never seen ’30′ in it until just then! Funny how you don’t see something until someone else highlights it… I just had a moment, reading your post, where I was like, ‘We are going to be sharing a room! I’m going to meet these amazing women and hang out!’ It still doesn’t seem real. Then I had a look at some hotels and got more excited, imagining us on the roof terrace overlooking a golden palace.
Please persevere with your list (a couple of which I better get onto myself) so we can DO THIS!!! Yeehaa!!!!
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Hannah June 2, 2012 at 14:02

I never saw 30 in the Om symbol either, until Lee bought me that one for my 30th birthday! I guess sometimes you just need someone else to open your eyes to the beauty that is right under your nose :)

And yes, we are all going to be hanging out together so soon! I can’t wait for hotels and roof terraces – it’s going to be amazing!!!

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Savvy Scot June 4, 2012 at 14:44

Thanks for sharing that story! You made me laugh at the reference to the men in kilts on the beach!! Makes me think of Thailand a few months back when I got married!

In fact…. Kind of regretting not taking my Kilt with me to Roatan now :D

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Savvy Scot June 4, 2012 at 14:45

:)
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Hannah June 4, 2012 at 19:01

Yeah, I’ve learnt to love a man in a skirt :)

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Therese June 4, 2012 at 15:21

Hannah-lady,

You already know how I feel about this post! Honestly, it made me cry (in a REALLY GOOD WAY!). Thanks so much for sharing. Beautiful and so true.
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Hannah June 4, 2012 at 19:48

Thank you Therese! I am seriously honoured that you invited me to be a part of your single-versary post, and am so very grateful :)

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Patricia GW June 4, 2012 at 15:22

Sunshine is so powerful, it really makes the days so much happier. Winters are also endless in Michigan, so when the sun finally comes we appreciate it because we missed it for so long. Wonderful post Hannah, looking forward to the future when you’ll be on those flights to Spain (and the rest of the world!) xx

PS Your writing style is getting even stronger, it’s so uniquely you :)
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Hannah June 6, 2012 at 00:06

Wow, thank you so much Tricia, that is such a wonderful compliment and means so much to me. It’s taken six months, but I do feel like I am finally beginning to find my voice. It thrills me that you heard it :)

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Patricia GW June 4, 2012 at 15:42

Where are you planning on taking your spare passport-sized photos? If you’re a AAA member they will take them for free, and the post office will do them too but for a fee.

Did you know that aum encompasses all words of speech? The back of your throat opens at “ahh,”"ouuu” travels from the back of your mouth to the front, and “mmm” closes your lips with the sound. Thus every word is a small fraction of the completed sound “aum.” And so the 30th is the day that encompasses everyday – the one where you realize your dreams, and every day after will be a small piece of that dream xxx
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Hannah June 6, 2012 at 00:00

“And so the 30th is the day that encompasses everyday – the one where you realize your dreams, and every day after will be a small piece of that dream.” I LOVE THIS!!! Thank you so much for this perfectly beautiful comment Tricia. Your words are a gift xxx

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Patricia GW June 4, 2012 at 16:46

“My past is not something I like to dwell on, but it is still a part of me, and I recognise the role it played in the life that I am now living.”

Touching, powerful message of wisdom. Your post stirred so many emotions in me. It’s only as we step back and see across the past that our scarred but resilient hearts see how much we have changed. I am so glad you found love/found Lee, and more importantly found yourself xx

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Hannah June 4, 2012 at 19:52

Thank you Tricia, I’m so glad it resonated with you. There’s a quote I love that I think you will too – “Let your past make you better, not bitter.” I don’t know who said it, but they are very wise :)

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Carmel June 4, 2012 at 19:08

So beautifully expressed…yet again! I can completely empathize with your situation in many ways. I spent a year with someone I initially didn’t want to date seriously and then managed to lose myself in his life very quickly, along with me, my life and friends. Thankfully, my true friends stuck by me when I emerged from that madness and I learned a lot about myself and how I wanted to function in a relationship.

I’m reading the new Augusten Burroughs book, “This is How” and he has this amazing part that talks about loving someone so much it makes you calm. That’s how I feel. I feel like myself with him and I know it’s because he wants me to be exactly who I am. What a gift. And, much likes your experience, didn’t come without some blocks in the road first. But was it worth it? Hell yes. That’s why I always tell my single friends not to settle for potential!
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Hannah June 5, 2012 at 21:27

Thank you Carmel. I love the thought of loving someone so much it makes you calm. Lee drives me crazy, but he has also shown me happiness on a whole new scale, and wouldn’t love me as much as he does if I didn’t love myself equally. I’ll have to check out that book, it sounds very interesting :)

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Sarah Somewhere June 5, 2012 at 04:39

Hannah, this is such a beautiful, inspiring post. I love reading your words and the beautiful, poignant quotes you include! Yeah, I know all about losing myself in someone, in fact I think I am at a major turning point in my life with all of that, even though I am almost six years into a relationship!
I just have to remember that it is up to me to be the person I meant to, it’s not up to someone else to ‘create’ me. Of course there has to be some element of sacrifice in a relationship, but as long as it goes both ways then it’s actually a good thing.
I love that image of you seeing Lee on the beach in a kilt! Those first impressions are priceless, even if they are not ‘love at first sight’ moments. You’ll never get that moment again, where you know nothing of him or yourself with him, but I know you have had so many more special moments. Here’s to many more!!! :)
Oh and I look forward to checking out ‘The Unlost’ :)
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Hannah June 5, 2012 at 23:38

Thank you so much Sarah. It’s funny, I went from being too wrapped up in someone, to being almost too independent. Now I have a tendency to neglect my relationship at times, and often have to remind myself that you have to put in as much as you wish to get out of a relationship. I guess love is a constant balancing act :)

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Rica June 5, 2012 at 11:25

Another inspiring post Hannah! I’m leaving for a month in October and I’m also in my planning stage right now…I don’t even know where to go! I do have return tickets (as it is required by our government / airport authorities) but I haven’t even booked a single room in a city :) I do worry about it sometimes but you’re absolutely right about this: “…it’s the plan that life itself will slowly reveal to us.” – I’m starting to feel more confident now :)
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Hannah June 5, 2012 at 23:39

Thank you Rica! I hope you have a great trip and look forward to reading all about it :)

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Jeremy or IHeartTravel June 5, 2012 at 21:22

WOW truly powerful stuff Hannah! This post so eerily reminds me of the path that was once my life, and to the one that has come to be because of it.

I too lost myself for a while. Lost within a relationship, and a reality constructed by me, to be someone I thought I needed to be.

Much like your tattoo I also have a reminder of my past life. She is not a mark on my body, but a living person…my daughter. She was born during this time period. She is a constant reminder of what was, but also the most welcoming gift of what is going to be our future.

She is the love of my life, and the main source of inspiration for the new path I walk on today.

Much like you, I walk a path no longer unaccompanied, today I walk a path consisting of a bad-ass traveling duo made up by my daughter and I, and quite frankly I wouldn’t have it any other way :)
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Hannah June 11, 2012 at 20:53

Jeremy, I love the fact that you have drawn such strength from your past, and have emerged all the stronger for it. You truly are walking the right path, and it is so wonderful to see the love you have for Avi. You are truly an amazing father, and an inspiring friend :)

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izzy June 6, 2012 at 03:18

Hannah,
Love and heartbreak are crazy. I for one, am a believer that it is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.

For me, when I have left relationships those have been moments of very intense growth. I think it is due to the very nature of it all. It sucks being in pain and struggling so I want to fix it. It forces me to step back and really look at my life.

I guess the same can be said for love when it is great. It allows me to see things in a new light and be open to new opportunities.
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Hannah June 11, 2012 at 20:55

I totally agree with that sentiment Izzy, and am happy to have loved and lost. I wouldn’t be the person I am now had I not done so. I’m glad you have also been able to grow from your own experiences :)

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Klaus Kommoss June 6, 2012 at 17:31

“It has shaped and determined the life that I am currently living, and set me on course for a future full of adventure and ever changing landscapes.”
Very beautiful insight. We are indeed not the sufferer of pain, we are the knower of pain; the suffering is just an option we unfortunately sometimes choose but don’t have to, the knowing is pure, impersonal, and inconsequential. We are always free to choose, no matter what happened before.

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Hannah June 11, 2012 at 20:57

Thank you so much for your insightful comment Klaus. Your own love story is deeply inspiring to me, and I have really enjoyed reading about your incredible marriage :)

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Klaus Kommoss June 6, 2012 at 17:49

“Now I live each day with certainty that I am on the right path. My path.”
You were and are on “your path” all the time. In fact, you cannot really step off your path. However, you make your path every day. The path appears when you look back, when you look forward everything is possible. I think the “feeling” of being on your path is this feeling of freedom to choose. The opposite would be looking back on the path behind you and feeling an obligation to follow the direction it ‘seems‘ to dictate. The dictate, even the apparent direction are illusions. The path is never straight, not even close. The freedom in front of us can be scary, but it is true.
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Kim June 7, 2012 at 02:55

Hannah, another beautiful post. I’m so glad that circumstance or bravery got you out of that old relationship. You are a beautiful and brave woman and you deserve all that is coming to you.
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Hannah June 11, 2012 at 20:58

Thank you Kim, that means a lot x

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Vacay Girl June 8, 2012 at 01:17

Gosh I feel the same way. Last summer when I got my bright idea to move to Mexico I stayed in the house like a hermit preparing for the preparing of this summer. And now this summer I’m preparing for next year’s big move. I think it’s okay to blur out the present when you have a goal in mind. The future will soon be your present and you want every detail to be as perfect and flawless as possible so you can continue to live it without fret. From the time you move and beyond is when you can truly stop and cherish each moment and it will be awesome!
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Hannah June 11, 2012 at 21:49

Thanks for your comment, I’m definitely learning to be more present. I hope your plans are going well, and you are able to enjoy life now as well :)

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Vacay Girl June 8, 2012 at 01:48

This makes me panic a bit. I know I have time to prepare for my move but I now have 11 months and I don’t want the time to bottle neck on me and I start running around like a chicken with it’s head off. Don’t worry you’re not the only cause for my panic. I’ve brought it on myself once May started. This blog definitely makes me realize I need to get it in gear. Thanks and aaaahhhh! >:-( :0)
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Hannah June 11, 2012 at 20:44

Oh no, don’t panic! Just try to be as organised as you can, as early as you can. That way you can enjoy the process a lot more. 11 months will fly by, believe me! Good luck :)

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Vacay Girl June 8, 2012 at 02:00

Awesome! All I can say is awesome! And definitely gives hope.
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Hannah June 11, 2012 at 20:58

Thank you so much!

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Becki | BackpackerBecki June 8, 2012 at 11:08

Beautiful post and I’m a firm believer that things come along when you least expect them to… and that some things are meant to be. I’m hoping I ‘stumble’ across a great love affair on my travels :) I’ve made a heap of mistakes, but rather than regret them, have used them as a learning curve. And without those mistakes I wouldn’t be about to embark on my indefinate sole RTW travels! Fate is a wonderful thing, and I can’t wait to see what other surprises are around the corner. Being single has literally been the best thing that ever happened to me.

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Hannah June 11, 2012 at 21:01

Thank you Becki! I love the way life works out like that too. I’m sure you will come across a great love affair, and can highly recommend men in skirts :)

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Alex June 8, 2012 at 15:48

I love and appreciate your honesty in your blog. Can’t wait to follow you along your upcoming journeys!

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Hannah June 11, 2012 at 21:01

Thank you so much Alex, it’s so great to have you along for the ride!

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Susan @ Travel Junkette June 9, 2012 at 04:01

Aw, love this. So happy for you, and so stoked for what lies ahead!
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Hannah June 11, 2012 at 21:02

Thank you honey, I’m pretty stoked myself!

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Matthew Karsten June 11, 2012 at 02:41

You are breaking the #1 rule of list making! Always put the hardest stuff at the top, and do it first.

Time to get that passport & visa before anything else. :)
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Hannah June 11, 2012 at 20:46

Oh I know, I really do suck at this! I’ve pretty much got everything done now though, save the passport and visa, which are on hold as I have a brief trip to Portland coming up. After that though, my list will be completed, and I will endeavor to be a lot more organised :)

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Rhonda June 11, 2012 at 20:35

Beautiful post Hannah! We try every day to realize that each day we are alive is, in fact, a gift and shouldn’t be wasted. Live each moment as if it were your last because you never know the day that will be the truth.
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Hannah June 12, 2012 at 21:10

Thank you Rhonda, and great advice :)

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Carmel June 11, 2012 at 20:53

I love how the themes you write about are familiar and have been covered by other bloggers I follow, yet they seem so new told through your words. Your experiences are definitely ones I can relate to, but it’s refreshing to hear about them from your unique perspective. This is why I end up following so many blogs! Lots of different experiences and voices telling a common human tale. I’m happy for you that you’ve found some good balance between preparing yourself (mentally and otherwise) for leaving and enjoying what you have now. It’s certainly a lifelong lesson we have to learn. Lovely, as always.
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Hannah June 12, 2012 at 21:10

Wow, what a wonderful compliment, thank you so much Carmel!

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EM | Cubicle Throwdown June 11, 2012 at 21:32

Your writing is lovely Hannah, and this post hit close to home for me! I am leaving for an indefinite trip in 8 weeks (which is 6 weeks earlier than I planned) so I understand the feeling of trying to spend the time as best you can. I am also working 80 hours a week up until I go (I think you can commiserate on that one as well) so I feel a lot of pressure when people want to see me before I go – my little amounts of free time seem to be filling with scheduling movers, doctor appointments, etc. and I need to get a little more balance between the two. Thanks for the reminder :)
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Hannah June 12, 2012 at 21:14

How exciting Em! And I totally sympathise with the 80 hour work week, though I have dropped mine down to 60 hours a week now. I definitely couldn’t keep up that pace right till my departure date, so I hope you are able to slow things down a bit too, and make sure you have plenty of time to prepare and spend time with loved ones. I wish you all the luck in the world, and can’t wait to read about your new life in Roatan :)

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Savvy scot June 12, 2012 at 04:19

Hannah, your writing is getting better and better as you approach your journey. I think the life inside you has truly become unleashed. I’m hoping you can make a living from blogging to fund your indefinite travels :)
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Hannah June 12, 2012 at 21:17

Thank you so much for your wonderful comment, that truly means the world to me. I certainly feel different, like a huge shift has taken place. I hope I can make a living from blogging too, that would just be the icing on the cake :)

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Sarah Somewhere June 12, 2012 at 10:34

So inspirational Hannah!!! Such beautiful, thoughtful words (you certainly have a way with them!). Firstly, I gave Tyrhone his frst driving lesson in London 4 years ago! Go Lee! I love so much of what you write here, and can relate to the world opening up in response to following your dreams. It seems ironic that you make a HUGE life choice to leave, and then things come alive. I certainly experienced that as a result of leaving my job and setting off for the unknown, and think it is something to do with being able to see clearly when you are on the right path.
Also love the part about ‘getting out of the way’, definitely something I need to remember to do!!!
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Hannah June 12, 2012 at 21:21

Thanks Sarah! I love the parallels in our journey – that’s so funny that you taught Tyrhone to drive too! We’ll certainly be showing them a thing or two about driving next year ;)

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Candace Rose Rardon June 12, 2012 at 15:43

Thanks for such a beautiful post, Hannah. Staying present in the moment is something I’ve been working on for a while – whether I’m at home or on the road, I never want to wish away the day we’ve been given. I’m sure your time away is going to be that much richer because you’ve made the most of this time you have now. I loved all the quotes you included too – thanks for sharing them!

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Hannah June 12, 2012 at 21:24

Hi Candance, thank you so much for you kind words :) I definitely think that enjoying the moment is a skill to master – and I know I am going to miss my life here in so many ways. I want to create as many special memories as possible, to help keep me going when I’m out on the road. Glad you liked the quotes – I’m a bit of an addict and can’t stop myself putting them in my posts!

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Caroline June 12, 2012 at 21:44

I love this post Hannah and I remember feeling so similar when I was on my final countdown. You’ve articulated your feelings so beautifully, as always :)
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Hannah June 13, 2012 at 16:55

Thank you Caroline, I really appreciate that :)

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Kim June 13, 2012 at 19:54

Enjoy every second with the people you love. We’re leaving family (and dogs) TOMORROW and am here to tell you that time flies.

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Hannah June 15, 2012 at 00:05

I simultaneously both dread and long for that moment. I hope it wasn’t too awful saying goodbye to Bear! Much love xxx

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Alex June 14, 2012 at 16:09

I am in the midst of recovering from a particularly brutal breakup myself, and this post brings me to tears. I can only hope to write something like this someday when I am through the fog…
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Hannah June 18, 2012 at 21:38

Hi Alex, thank you so much for your comment. I know it is so hard to imagine that you will ever get through this, but believe me, you will. Though you may emerge from the fog forever scarred, you will be stronger and more self-aware, and all of this will make sense. Until then, just keep moving forward, and eventually you will be able to write the words you long for.

I can’t wait to read them xxx

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Therese June 14, 2012 at 18:01

“Travel, write, truth.”

Beautiful.

Honest.

So glad that you– that we– our learning to listen to our deepest selves :-)
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Hannah June 14, 2012 at 22:27

Thanks Therese – I’m glad too :)

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Holly June 14, 2012 at 22:02

How funny – the Du Bois quote prefaces my recently completed novel! I love it: it’s an arresting idea and one that you could take as a good or a bad outlook on life, depending on your point of view. But I embrace it fully – brill.

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Hannah June 14, 2012 at 22:50

Wow, you finished your novel – amazing! And what a great quote to preface it with. I totally embrace its meaning too :)

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Carmel June 14, 2012 at 22:20

I just saw this quote of the day on the Goodreads Facebook site and thought of you immediately. It seems appropriate to this post, too: “I never change, I simply become more myself.”
― Joyce Carol Oates, Solstice

Another well written piece, Hannah. I love the imagery of being in a dark forest with no path out in sight. We might take different ways of getting to a clearing, but none of them are wrong as long as we keep moving and doing our best to keep going. I feel like I can really relate for different reasons. Just lovely.
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Hannah June 14, 2012 at 22:51

Thanks Carmel, it makes me happy to think that quotes like that bring me to mind. It totally makes all the struggle worth it. Keep walking through those trees honey, and eventually you will find the light xxx

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Candace Rose Rardon June 15, 2012 at 00:26

Thanks for such a beautiful post, Hannah, and for your honesty! I think there’s a lot of power in being able to turn off all of the world’s voices and listen only to the one inside of us. Sometimes it’s tempting to let our own desires and dreams be dictated by outside forces – whether for approval or to put off having to make our own decisions – but following what we know if best for ourselves is the key. As you say, it’s all about truth. Love your writing!

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Hannah June 15, 2012 at 00:41

Thank you Candace, what a wonderful compliment! It took me so long to find the courage to act on what I knew my heart was telling me, but now that I have, it’s like a stuck record. It just says “Do it, do it, do it…” And so I do :)

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Toni June 15, 2012 at 14:12

Just beautiful hun. Your honesty is something I always look forward to in a world so increasingly filled with lies and half-truths xx
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Hannah June 15, 2012 at 16:47

Thank you Toni, that means a lot :)

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Sarahsomewhere June 15, 2012 at 17:12

Wow this is truly inspiring, Hannah. It takes so much courage to change, and even more to write about it! You constantly inspire me with your honesty, so much love and light radiate from your words. You are a very special woman :)
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Hannah June 18, 2012 at 22:35

Thank you so much Sarah! Your kind words of support and encouragement are such a blessing, and mean the world to me xxx

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Adam Alvarado June 15, 2012 at 17:31

Ah I look legit in kilts too, haha. Awesome post though, Hannah, and so true. The past isn’t just a part of you, it IS you. All those past heartaches and challenges led you here, and all are as important as the life you love today will be to the life you’ll enjoy tomorrow. Like they say, everything happens for a reason…
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Hannah June 18, 2012 at 21:42

Thanks so much Adam. I love what you said about our pain being as important as the life we love today will be to the life we’ll enjoy tomorrow. So true, and very well said. Everything does indeed happen for a reason :)

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Clare June 15, 2012 at 19:45

I really love the quotes mixed into your writing, Hannah. They’re not lines I’ve seen a million other places, and they really capture your meaning. Love it. Keep it up. Clare
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Andi June 15, 2012 at 21:14

What a beautiful post!

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Hannah June 18, 2012 at 22:35

Thanks Andi!

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Lindsey June 16, 2012 at 08:27

Such a beautiful post.

“As I was growing up, I always imagined that people just knew what they wanted to do in life; I assumed it was an awakening that I too would one day be privy to.” I identify with this so much. In my case, I’m taking the time from building a career to try those things that whisper deep within my soul, but it’s such a guilty feeling to listen to them that it has taken me a very long time to admit they are the things I want.

I love reading your blog. You have such a beautiful voice, and every post strikes a chord with me. I really appreciate your honesty!
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Hannah June 18, 2012 at 22:39

Wow, what a wonderful compliment – thank you so much Lindsey. I too felt guilty when I started to prioritise my dream, and I still do if I’m honest. I feel guilty that my dream will take me so far away from my family and friends, but still I know I have to pursue it. I just try to remind myself that our souls whisper for a reason. Not to torture us, but to encourage us to grow :)

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Victoria Watts June 16, 2012 at 17:30

Beautiful post. I have been thinking along similar lines lately, which inspired my own post on learning to live in the moment http://www.bridgesandballoons.com/learning-to-live-in-the-moment/

I left on my travels a few months ago with an intention of working out what I want in life. When I slowed down and watched my own mind, I realised I was so caught up in thinking about what might be, or what could have been, that I was failing to see what was happening right there and then.

Your thoughts on motion and momentum are really inspiring. Its wonderful to hear from someone who has connected to themselves. Thank you and good luck with the rest of your journey to come. Vicoria x
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Hannah June 18, 2012 at 23:37

Thank you Victoria – I just read your post and I love it! It has taken me a long time to feel this connected to myself, but at the age of 32 I think I have finally got the hang of it! It was so simple, yet perhaps my greatest struggle to date, but I found a way to listen to my inner voice, and I like what it says. It speaks the truth. I look forward to following your journey :)

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EM | Cubicle Throwdown June 18, 2012 at 01:44

I feel like you are writing my posts for me right now! What once seemed like a lifetime away is coming so soon. Enjoy your much deserved life downtime :)

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Hannah June 18, 2012 at 21:08

Thank you! It’s great to connect with other people going through the same thing. Enjoy your downtime too – Roatan awaits :)

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Izzy June 18, 2012 at 08:35

Hi Hannah,

I think it is interesting to try and think about “how to enjoy the moment”. Personally, the harder I try to enjoy the moment, the less I enjoy it.

It is almost as if, the way to best enjoy it is to completely forget how much I am trying to appreciate each moment. When I try to savor it, then I just end up spending the whole time saying to myself “appreciate it, appreciate it…” yet, I don’t actually spend the time appreciating it.

But once, I just step back an live in the moment than I enjoy it so much more. But the scary thing about this approach is that time seems to fly even faster. When I try to savor every moment, it seems to slow down time for me, but if I’m not truly enjoying that time then what is the point?
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Hannah June 18, 2012 at 21:48

Thank you for your comment Izzy. I have also found that the more I try to savour my time, the quicker it slips through my fingers. Now that I am so close to my departure date, time seems to be speeding up, and I am watching the days pass by in a blur. I am just trying to make the most of the people around me, and our time together, because those moments we share will become the memories that carry me forward on my travels :)

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Patricia GW June 18, 2012 at 19:22

Love the last paragraph – LOVE! Enjoy your downtime darling. As Henry David Thoreau realized, as far as you stretch towards nature/universe/your dreams, it will stretch back to meet you. (Lisa the Bot not included) Glad you’re back online!
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Hannah June 18, 2012 at 21:06

Thank you Tricia, that makes me so happy. I love the imagery of my dreams stretching back to meet me. I can almost touch them :)

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Candace Rose Rardon June 18, 2012 at 21:21

Hey Hannah! To echo what others have said, this post really hits home. I’m spending a couple of months with my family before heading back to India and I don’t always get as much work done here as I’d like. But my mum reminded me the other day that when life gives you a chance to rest, take it! It sounds like it’s much the same for you right now. As soon as you hit the road, you’ll be running in high gear, so perhaps this is just a chance to rest up and prepare for the adventures to come :) Thanks as always for such a beautiful post.
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Hannah June 18, 2012 at 22:30

Thank you Candace. Your mum sounds like a very wise lady – I am definitely going to take this time to relax, and mentally and emotionally prepare myself for the many changes ahead – if that is even possible! More than anything, I just want to enjoy being with the people I love. I hope you are managing to get lots of rest as well.

Maybe our paths will cross in India – I hope so :)

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Steph | DiscoveringIce June 19, 2012 at 01:54

Love the Coco Chanel quote! You always find the perfect quote to fit the subject, I think I will have to start saving quotes I come across too!

Great post again Hannah! Time is flying, enjoy the people and places now that you may miss in many months! :)

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Hannah June 19, 2012 at 18:57

Yeah, that Coco was certainly an amazing lady! It’s funny, I don’t really save very many quotes any more, but the right quote always seems to find me at exactly the right moment, and fits seamlessly into my story. I read A LOT, which helps! Thanks for the host recommendation too :)

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Steph | DiscoveringIce June 19, 2012 at 02:26

Beautifully written, you always express yourself so eloquently Hannah!

And I can so relate to this! I used to always wish my life away, “I cant wait until …” or “Once I have…”. Its a very unwise thing to do, now that I look back on it because you cant enjoy life if you always think “it hasn’t started properly yet”. So these days I try to remind myself regularly of how grateful I am for EVERYTHING.
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Hannah June 19, 2012 at 19:01

Thank you Steph, I really appreciate that. Gratitude is a very powerful thing – I really think it helps make sense of life, and give perspective. The most precious thing anyone should dream of is to be completely happy in the moment they are in right NOW!

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Sarah Somewhere June 19, 2012 at 10:50

Uh huh! I’m totally there with you and the ‘relinquishing control’ thing! have you heard the saying “You’re not doing, you’re being done” ? I’m slowly learning to let go, and accept what is, and life just goes so much better! And then I forget and start trying to manipulate everything again!!!!!! Lovely post as always :)
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Hannah June 19, 2012 at 18:58

I’ve never heard that before, but I love it! So true. Thanks for sharing :)

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Kim June 20, 2012 at 03:29

Hannah! All I can say (I feel like I keep saying this!) is enjoy it all because as time gets closer it will FLY by.
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Hannah June 21, 2012 at 19:59

It already is Kim, that’s why I wrote this post – because the days are here and then gone faster than I can keep track. That’s where my head space is at right now, playing kiss-chase with time.

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Sunil Himalaya Hiker June 20, 2012 at 10:45

Thank you very much for wonderful post.It inspire me to travel more and more.

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Hannah June 21, 2012 at 23:08

Thank you Sunil, I really appreciate that. I have checked out your site and am so impressed – I would love to trek the Himalaya’s and am deeply inspired by your achievement. I wish you all the best on your future adventures :)

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Ayngelina June 26, 2012 at 20:26

I procrastinated everything right down to the wire, but don’t worry the important stuff always gets done.
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Hannah July 17, 2012 at 16:11

Thanks Ayngelina, I’m feeling more organised and more ready by the day. Only 11 weeks to go now!

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izzy June 29, 2012 at 05:51

Hannah this is an awesome post. It is very real and genuine. I feel like it is a gentle call for authenticity. Well atleast that is how I heard it :)

“Not because I walk around thinking that I am great, but because I believe in my power to make it so”

I love this line. It shows respect for not only your own abilities but all of our abilities. The difference between those that go out and do awesome things and those that don’t is the willingness to take the journey.

I don’t buy into the idea that some are talented and others aren’t. Awesome is a road to be travelled not a location we are born.
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Hannah July 17, 2012 at 16:07

“A gentle call for authenticity” – I love that! Thank you so much for your lovely comment Izzy, as always your support is greatly appreciated, and you words are so resonant. We all have the opportunity to reach our own ‘awesome’ like you said, we just need the perseverance to keep walking :)

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Arianwen June 29, 2012 at 10:55

It’s really horrible when things like that happen, isn’t it?! I’m glad to see you’re back up and running. And I know what you mean about time going slow then fast. I’ve been waiting for months for the day to come around when I jet off to South America and now it’s less than 3 weeks away, time’s flying by and I just want a bit more time to get things sorted out and say bye to friends!
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Hannah July 16, 2012 at 13:48

Thanks Arianwen – beautiful name btw! I literally feel like I’m living life on fast forward at the moment and the milestones are flitting past me like mere flecks of dust. How exciting for you to be so close now – I’m looking forward to following along on your journey :)

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Victoria June 30, 2012 at 15:01

Hey Hannah, You already know I like this post, but just wanted to let you know I’ve added it to my list of ‘Most excellent travel blog posts’ for June.
Take care, Victoria x

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Hannah July 17, 2012 at 16:08

Wow, that is truly most excellent! Thank you so much Victoria :)

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Katherine - Kapcha The World July 2, 2012 at 00:38

Wow – well done. Very inspiring. I’m in a similar situation at the moment. Have debt, must travel internationally! Am getting there slowly, but love reading posts like these that show me there is an end to all the saving and paying off and not shopping!
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Katherine - Kapcha The World July 2, 2012 at 00:55

Fantastic post – I definitely need to step up my A game! Thanks for your honesty – a lot of travel bloggers out there seem to make it all look so easy.
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Katherine - Kapcha The World July 2, 2012 at 01:01

Great info thanks. Am jealous you’re spending 6 months in Goa. I went there when I was 19 and it’s a place I’ve always wanted to go back to. Something to think about for OZ RV rental. In NZ they do return journeys – not sure if they do similar in OZ or not though – you pick up a camper from somewhere and take it back to their base. I have a friend who travelled all over NZ taking campers up and down the country. Otherwise as there are a lot of companies that supply campers – it might be worth pitching them to see if they might FOC them for you or at least give you a discount in return for say photos with the camper on your blog. Worth a try anyway.
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Adam July 2, 2012 at 16:35

“You can try and control your destiny all you want, but it is only when you relinquish control and let your uptime drop a little, that the Universe has a chance to play her hand. She rushes in and grabs the opportunity, and gives you exactly what you need.”

Yuuuup. Awesome. And oh man do I know the feeling. I (accidentally) killed my own site trying to do edit some html part ounce and I remember freaking the heck out (well, by my tame standards at least). Luckily my web hosting company restored it in like 5 minutes. I wouldn’t have last 18 hours so bravo, haha.
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Hannah July 16, 2012 at 13:51

Thank you Adam. It’s terrifying when you suddenly realise that you have so little control over what you deem to be your own little patch of the internet, isn’t it?! My blog is my baby, so when things go wrong, I am like an angry mama bear! Glad you managed to get your problems fixed too :)

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Toni July 4, 2012 at 12:57

Beautifully written as ever hun. It is incredibly hard to leave certain things behind and as I spend my days looking around my room, I too fear some of the things that I know I will have to lose.
You’re right about it being very cathartic but I also think it signifies a new era. You’re saying goodbye to the person that lovingly collected those dresses and keepsakes etc which can be hard and you’re waiting to meet the new you, the one that lives her life in a completely minimalist way but you’re spot on when you say that actually, that 40l bag and your boyfriend encapsulates almost everything you need for your new life; good for you! xx
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Hannah July 6, 2012 at 18:58

Thanks Toni. It’s been a process that has stirred up so many different emotions, but through them all I feel I have emerged as my most authentic self, and the freedom from ‘stuff’ has been the instigation of so many wonderful realisations. I’m happier than I have ever been, and I am sure that you too will be able to take many positives from your own journey to minimalism. And you know I’m right here for you every step of the way xxx

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Lindsey July 4, 2012 at 13:25

Ahh, congratulations! I’ve just started this process myself and I’ve found that I have attachments to the strangest things, and no attachment to some of the things I’d find hardest to part with.

“All that really remains are the things I love but know I can’t keep, and the process has become so much harder.” I think this sums up the feelings we get when we realise the full price of life changing decisions – that there are some things that we didn’t realise would fall in the crossfire. I know that the significance of these things will slowly fade as you embrace your new life :) But they are hard to part with and I wish you the best possible transition as it comes to passing them on.
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Hannah July 6, 2012 at 19:07

Thank you so much Lindsey. I have been following your blog too and am so excited for your adventures to begin – I hope our paths will cross in Asia at some stage. Until then I wish you all the best with your preparations and look forward to reading more :)

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carmel July 4, 2012 at 18:15

I keep trying to think of it in this way…if we had a major fire and lost everything, what would I miss most? What would really hurt? We had some friends who recently lost most of their belongings in a flood, including their amazing record collection. It was obviously not easy having those things taken away, rather than choosing to get rid of them, but they’re rebuilding. Granted, we’re keeping our records, but it helps me decide what I really want to come home to.

I remember traveling abroad for the first time when I was 19 to go do my study abroad in Spain for 6 months. I took way too much stuff. As the months passed by and then I had to travel home with all of it (and some new souvenirs), I realized how much all that stuff weighed me down, literally and figuratively. I bet in 6 months, you’ll forget you even had trouble letting go.

On a side note…I get to see you in 33 hours!!!!
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Hannah July 6, 2012 at 19:11

Wow, how awful for your friends – losing things in that way is so tragic. At least we have the time to process our feelings and work through our attachment issues. It has been a blessing for me to learn to live with less, but I can’t imagine having to cope with a loss like they experienced. Please send them my best wishes xxx

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Candace Rose Rardon July 4, 2012 at 19:44

I love the blending of physical and emotional stories in this post – the physical stripping down of all your belongings, which mirrors your own continual process towards getting ready to leave. It’s so true, and it really is even more remarkable to hear about how it has redeemed some of the shame you felt when buying things on credit. I do hate parting with things you love, no matter how long or short a time you’ve had them, so good luck! I’m sure you’ll be happy to have such a streamlined pack come September :)
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Hannah July 6, 2012 at 19:17

Yes, it has been an unexpected process of healing and therapy! I love the freedom of owning so little – the value of my life now lies in the way I choose to live, and the people I share my world with, not in the things that accessorise it. I can’t imagine ever switching back to my old mindset, and can’t wait to delve deeper into this new way of being :)

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EM | Cubicle Throwdown July 4, 2012 at 23:33

I love seeing posts at just the right time. I’m just beginning this myself as the countdown is on – the mobile storage locker is arriving on my front lawn in 25 days, and it’s only big enough to hold about 30% of what I own right now. I keep telling myself over and over that if/when I come back I can buy whatever I need…. there has been so many times even in the same city that my possessions have come and gone, so there is no reason to hang on now. Still having a hard time saying goodbye to my vintage vanity though :)
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Hannah July 6, 2012 at 19:28

How exciting, you are so close to your dreams now! There’s no set rules on what you have to keep or purge, so go with what makes your heart the happiest. Maybe someone could rehome your vanity for you until you come back? I’m looking forward to reading about what you do decide to keep in the end – good luck with it all, Roatan awaits :)

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Sarahsomewhere July 5, 2012 at 00:17

Hannah, a beautiful insight into a very poignant moment in your journey. And of course, I can totally relate! I found that eventually, the only things I kept were old photos, a vintage Turkish quilt and Moroccan ceramic bowl, a papyrus print from Egypt and my hiking boots (that I could send for at a later date!). It goes to show how important travel has always been to me, and though on this trip I am not collecting many trinkets (though I did treat myself to a silver lotus-flower ring in Bali), I have the world itself to live in and explore, and I’ve never felt so free. I know you will feel the same. Much love, I enjoyed reading this so much and am blessed to have found a kindred spirit like you to share this journey with.
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Hannah July 6, 2012 at 19:35

We are indeed kindred spirits; your support through this whole process has been wonderful. I’m so impressed with how little you kept in the end – I think I will probably have a further purge when I come home to visit after our first year away, but I’m lucky that my mum is so happy to store stuff for me. I have a present for you to add to your small list of belongings too – I’ll give it to you in India :)

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Mike Gothard July 5, 2012 at 13:14

Hey Hannah, loved this post. I empathize with you, though for different reasons. I was divorced 18 months ago and have been attempting to change careers midstream, all while living “here-and-there,” though most recently staying with my parents, 650 miles inland. Having lived on the coast the past 20 years, I’m feeling scarily landlocked these days as I contemplate taking a similar path as you’ve chosen. I’ve been following your blog for several months, excited for you as your adventure continues to unfold. I was so happy that in the midst of weeding out your possessions, you’ve decided (for now) to keep a few books. I have a storage unit back on the coast that among other things contains my 3,000 volume library. I’ve seriously thought about letting it go but have yet to make that move. I seriously believe that one day I would regret it if I did. All that to say, if you ever get to the point that you want/need to get rid of the few volumes left, please don’t. Though I don’t know where I’ll be or what I’ll be doing, I will keep them for you if at any time you feel the need to further purge your stuff. While almost everything else is replaceable, I would just hate for you to wake up one morning and not have that first edition of The Blue Lagoon that your dad bought you. But other than your books, keep lightening your load in preparation for your travels…and keep writing :)

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Hannah July 6, 2012 at 19:58

Wow, Mike, what a wonderful offer – thank you so much! My mum is kindly looking after my remaining belongings, but I am so touched by your generosity. It sounds like you have had a very difficult time of things, and I hope you are able to realise your travel dreams and find peace by the water again. And don’t worry, The Blue Lagoon is staying :)

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Hannah July 6, 2012 at 01:33

I can really relate to this post. I am going through the same process as you right now. I have sold nearly all my furniture on Craigslist – only thing I’m waiting to sell is my bed! I really agree that the big things like furniture are easy to get rid of (and I get the same exhilarating feeling each time I sell something!). It’s the smaller things that you can agonize over again and again…for me, it’s my foreign language books and a wall portrait of a Bedouin & his camel that I just can’t seem to let go.
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Hannah July 17, 2012 at 16:24

I would definitely keep the Bedouin portrait! I am finding that the pain of letting go of the smaller, more sentimental items, is fleeting. Within days I am merely grateful for the freedom I am now blessed with, and the wisdom this process has granted me. I’m so excited to follow along on your journey – it’s great to have someone in the same position – I’ll drop you an email :)

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Kim July 8, 2012 at 18:40

I so relate to this! I don’t miss a single thing i gave away and you won’t either.

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Hannah July 16, 2012 at 17:02

I already don’t and it feels great :)

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Jeremy or IHeartTravel July 9, 2012 at 04:52

Everyday that passes I get closer to accomplishing personal goals. This path will inevitably lead me to a day like the one you have just described.

I can almost guarantee I will go through some of the same feelings. At the same time realizing like yourself that the life beyond these possessions is ready & waiting!

I’m glad that your day is coming closer, and that everything you need will be right where it needs to be : )

Cheers friend !
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Hannah July 17, 2012 at 16:25

Jeremy, I love your outlook on life and the positivity you exude. I am so excited to watch your trajectory, and feel blessed to call you my friend :)

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Patricia GW July 9, 2012 at 15:46

You’re such a beautiful writer, Hannah. Deciding what stays and what goes is a hard process when it boils down to the things you love most. It’s such an emotional process, rather than a logical one. I’m glad you have your mum’s support, so she can store some things for you. Then at least you can hold onto some priceless things, even if you can’t carry them with you. How is Lee progressing with his driving? :)
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Hannah July 17, 2012 at 16:27

Wow, thank you so much Tricia. Lee is doing great with his driving and has his test coming up soon so I will keep you updated. It’s so lovely being driven around for a change – I have noticed so much more about my hometown now that I have the chance to look out the window for a change!

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Marisol July 9, 2012 at 19:08

Hi Hannah, what a beautiful, touching writing as usual.
When I left the Philippines for New York 20 years ago, I only had one luggage full of belongings with me. Like you, I purged a lot of stuff mostly clothes but I still left tons of “sentimental” stuff at my parents house – to be retrieved later. I went home for visit a year a half later and found that I no longer felt any attachment to those things I left behind. It felt liberating. It’s funny how time and distance remove your attachment to objects. You’re right, all you need is your backpack to store your needs for the moment and your man:)
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Hannah July 17, 2012 at 16:29

Thank you so much Marisol. I have been musing on that myself lately, wondering how I will feel about things when we come back and visit in a year. Like you, I have a feeling I will feel quite removed from it all, and will undoubtedly get rid of a few more things!

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Victoria July 10, 2012 at 17:53

Beautiful post. You’re doing much better than us at letting go. We still have a house in London with all our furniture in it, just with different people living in it. A lot of our ‘stuff’ is packed in boxes in Steve’s parent’s basement. The more we travel, the more I think we might sell some of that ‘stuff’ when we next go back to visit. If we don’t need it here, why do we need so much of it there? Btw, I wrote a packing list on our blog that might be useful. Never Ending Voyage has one too.
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Hannah July 17, 2012 at 16:35

Thank you Victoria. In a way it has been a huge blessing that I don’t own my own home where I can leave things. This whole process feels so much richer for the sacrifices I have been forced to make along the way, and now that I look back on them, I don’t even see them as sacrifices. They are gifts; vital lessons I needed to learn. I am sure when you guys visit you will be ready and willing to purge a lot of your things, and will get a lot out of it too :)

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Victoria July 19, 2012 at 04:21

Yes, I imagine you must feel so much lighter. I will certainly be purging more when we go back. You must be getting so excited now. It’s not long til you go! I’m so happy for you. Keep up the wonderful writing. Your posts are always a pleasure to read.
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Hannah July 21, 2012 at 14:51

Thank you :)

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Adam July 10, 2012 at 19:15

Wow. Damn brave. Probably a bit horrifying but liberating too. When I was a kid I was a saver of everything. Not like the show “Hoarders” or anything, but my own version of it. It wasn’t till I packed up and moved away 2 months ago that I realized that I must have changed along the way, cause I had basically nothing. I need my laptop, music, phone, and that’s about it. I’m sure you’re gonna love your travel, though. You earned it for sure.
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Hannah July 17, 2012 at 17:48

“Horrifying but liberating” – yup, that about sums it up! In all honesty, I have really enjoyed the process, and like you, have found the changes that occurred along the way have been pretty huge. When it comes down to it, what do any of us really need apart from our health, friends and family, and a safe place to rest our heads? Here’s to the freedom of less!

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Will Peach July 11, 2012 at 06:29

Looking forward to hearing more about your adventure, it’s always a great feeling to let go of all those things that are constantly cluttering our lives and apartments.
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Hannah July 16, 2012 at 17:01

Cheers Will! Great to have you reading along – I’m looking forward to hopefully crossing paths one day and sharing a tequila or two :)

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Kelly July 11, 2012 at 12:45

Ever since my college newspaper days, I’ve loved the phrase “daunting task.” I also love (and am envious) of what you guys are doing. Until my student loans are taken care of, short trips abroad will have to do! :)
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Hannah July 17, 2012 at 17:50

Ha! Yes, ‘daunting task’ is a great one! Good luck on whittling down your debt and pursuing your own dreams of travel – I’m excited to follow your progress :)

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Arianwen July 15, 2012 at 09:38

And I thought it was a big task just lugging my belongings a few feet to my garage, where they’ll sit for the next 7 months. Well done for overcoming the sentimentality. It’s great to finally get to that stage where all the travel prep is done and you’re just about to start the adventure!
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Hannah July 16, 2012 at 16:59

Thanks Arianwen – it hasn’t been an easy process, but I am definitely at that stage now where I am loving the freedom of owning next to nothing, and feeling richer than I ever have in my life :)

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Jonathan Welford July 15, 2012 at 11:05

Well done you, I did something very similar when we took a year out. We did the 100 item challenge, where we lived our lives to just 100 items, it was amazingly liberating. The things I had sentimental attachment to suddenly didn’t, I had the memories of the people, I didn’t need the things.

I am looking forward to hearing your travelling experiences through this site. Keep up the good work.

Jonathan

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Hannah July 16, 2012 at 13:58

Thank you Jonathan. I LOVE that you guys did the 100 Item Challenge – if I wasn’t whittling down my possessions to travel I would definitely do that. It is incredible how the simple act of letting go of our ‘stuff’ opens us up to so much more – we can finally see the real value in our lives – the people, not the possessions. I’m so happy to have you following our journey :)

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Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) July 19, 2012 at 16:02

I think the whole “getting rid of all your belongings” preparation phase of these trips is hard for all of us in different ways. In my case, I feel really lucky that my parents were willing and able to store a good deal of stuff for us (I love my books! I don’t think I could have sold all of them, and even after culling, I still had 6 bins worth!), but we still sold/donated/threw away at least 50% of our belongings. It was cathartic, but also incredibly stressful at times. It definitely opened my eyes to just how much needless stuff we had been storing in our home, and I think that no matter where we settle or how we choose to live following our trip, this will be a new leaf for us as we attempt to embrace a minimalist lifestyle!
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Hannah July 21, 2012 at 14:50

Yes, it’s definitely a process that opens you up to so many important life lessons concerning our consumption habits and material desires. I’m so glad your parents have been able to help you store the things you hold dear – I am so grateful to my own mum for helping me do the same. Here’s to a minimalist future, hopefully with minimal stress-levels too!

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Alex July 21, 2012 at 15:42

Hannah I am so impressed with how much you’ve let go! I went through a similar process a year ago but I was nowhere near as brave as you. Basically I compressed two living spaces (my apartment in NYC and my massive room in my childhood home upstate) into one, and my parents graciously store everything I couldn’t let go. I’m overwhelmed when I’m home by how much I have! Good for you for trusting your journey and now feeling the need to keep everything “just in case.”
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Hannah July 23, 2012 at 15:12

Thanks Alex! The good thing in my case is that I have had a lot of time to do this. I started paring down two years ago, and have slowly been getting rid of more and more. Things I felt certain I would keep have seemed less important further down the line, so I have been able to let go of a lot more than even I originally anticipated :)

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coco July 21, 2012 at 18:33

I have just stumbled upon your blog & I’ll definitely be reading along with you. What you are doing is so brave and exciting, and I would love to know how you get on! My husband and I want to travel the world, too, although we have a LONG way to go before that is on the cards. All the best of luck to you!!! :)

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Nate Robert July 22, 2012 at 16:15

Hi Hannah, first time comment for me here.

I am going through a similar process, my partner and I leave for indefinite travel in just seven days time. Your thoughts, and your process, is very familiar to me. I’ve noticed there are quite a few of us heading off for the class of 2012 it seems.

Good luck with your journey in life, I’ll check in now and then to see what you’re up to.

Nate
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Hannah July 24, 2012 at 21:54

Hey Nate, great to have you here, thank you so much for commenting! ‘The Class of 2012′ – I love it! I never finished college but I know I’ll graduate with flying colours from the school of life. All the best for your own travels – I hope our paths will cross along the way :)

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Scarlett July 23, 2012 at 12:42

I can’t believe how far you’ve come in just 20 months – you truly are an inspiration to dreamers everywhere! IT just shows what you can do when you put your mind to it! I can’t wait to hear about yur adventures from here onwards! xxx
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Hannah July 23, 2012 at 15:26

Thank you my dear, what a lovely compliment. Determination is definitely key, and something I have LOADS of, so I guess that has helped :)

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Ayngelina July 23, 2012 at 16:03

Lady you need to take the information you wrote about how you went from -15K to +15 in 20 months and sell it as an ebook for $10 – you’ll make a fortune.
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Hannah July 24, 2012 at 21:52

Wow – I never thought of that, but I love the idea! Thank you for the vote of confidence, and the inspiration :)

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Tiffany @ theUnimaginedLife July 26, 2012 at 12:28

Hannah,

I just recently found your blog via Sarah Somewhere, and I absolutely adore your writing style. Your words are infused with passion, and they are a pleasure to read. I remember all too well sorting through the remnants of my former life, as well, and while it was completely overwhelming at the time, I can now tell you with complete certainty, that I’ve never felt more free. I can’t wait to start following your journey…xoxo Tiffany

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Hannah July 30, 2012 at 11:14

Wow, thank you so much for your unbelievably kind words Tiffany, I’m thrilled to have you following my journey :)

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jenjenk July 26, 2012 at 16:33

so thrilled for you!!! i can’t wait to start reading your travelogues!!!!

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Hannah July 30, 2012 at 11:14

Thank you so much for your continued support Jen :)

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andrew July 26, 2012 at 20:56

Selling everything and taking off, sounds like a great idea. Looking forward to your blog.

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Hannah July 30, 2012 at 11:15

Cheers Andrew!

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Vacay Girl July 27, 2012 at 13:31

I can’t help read this and wonder what my blog will say when I get to my “down to nubbins” date. I’m so proud of you and all you have managed to achieve. I hope all goes so smoothly with you. You know we are all living vicariously through you so you have to keep up the great work. (Aaah the pressure!)

I can only imagine how letting things go at this stage feels. Through life we manage to keep a certain amount of valuable personal possessions with us everywhere we go that I can’t imagine streamlining those even more. But you seem to have handled things well and you will no doubt push on with no problems.

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Hannah July 30, 2012 at 14:38

Thank you so much for your wonderfully kind and supportive words. I have been very lucky throughout this whole process, because I had so much time in which to do everything. I have been able to slowly whittle down by possessions over nearly two years, and in doing so, things that had at first seemed far too precious to part with, have in time become easier to let go. I am sure you will do just fine when you reach the same stage, and I can’t wait to read all about it. I’m proud of you too :)

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Amanda | A Crafty Traveler July 29, 2012 at 10:06

Your story is really inspiring and you should be so proud of how far you’ve come. You are very brave to have been so candid and I have no doubt that your story has helped a lot of people in the same predicament. I can’t wait to start reading all about your adventures in India!

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Hannah July 30, 2012 at 10:34

Thank you Amanda, your comment really means a lot. It hasn’t been an easy process, in fact it’s been hideous at times, but it’s been so worthwhile :)

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kittencat July 29, 2012 at 11:50

Which publication is the debt/cheating feature in? Can I buy from local newsagent or… ?

:)

And an Ebook of your financial/spiritual journey a fab idea… will deffo put my name down for one! :)

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Hannah July 30, 2012 at 10:35

It was in Fabulous Magazine – but they’ve basically made up their own version of my story, which is ironic considering the fact that the article is supposed to be about being honest!

And I’m thrilled that you would like a copy of my future eBook, thank you :)

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Tiffany @ theUnimaginedLife July 29, 2012 at 14:45

Hannah-
As much as I can possibly love someone I’ve never met, I love you…! This much and more… You are an amazing woman, an unbelievably talented writer, and one of the truest sources of inspiration I’ve come across on the blogosphere. Thank you for being so transparent, so raw, and so real…

xoxo Tiffany
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Hannah July 30, 2012 at 10:47

Wow, what an incredible compliment… I don’t know what to say, except THANK YOU :)

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Joan July 29, 2012 at 14:48

Hannah, you make me smile every time I read what you have to say. I’d never have met you if we BOTH weren’t committed to putting it out there in the spirit of truth, the good, the bad and the really icky.

Very nice to have “met” you – and I cannot WAIT to hear about your journey!
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Hannah July 30, 2012 at 10:51

Joan, thank you so much for your comment! You continue to be a huge source of inspiration to me, and it means the world to have you following my journey. It’s so nice to have ‘met’ you too, and I hope I can continue to make you smile – what an honour :)

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Naomi July 29, 2012 at 15:12

Good on you for taking such an unbelievably brave step! Can’t wait for the eBook – I’m sure it will be a smashing success!! :)
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Hannah July 30, 2012 at 10:51

Thank you so much Naomi :)

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Monica July 29, 2012 at 16:17

You are such a beautiful writer, person, and friend. Thank you for being so unabashedly YOU!
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Hannah July 30, 2012 at 10:54

Ditto xxx

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Jeff Dobbins July 29, 2012 at 20:21

Wow. I’m inspired. I’m usually trying to figure out what I’m supposed to do, who I’m “expected to be.” You’ve made me want to risk just being real…honest. Look forward to following your adventures in India.

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Hannah July 30, 2012 at 10:59

Hi Jeff, thank you for your comment, I’m honoured that you feel inspired. I spent all of my 20s being who I thought I was expected to be, and it made me miserable. I never imagined the changes that would ensue simply by being honest – the truth has rocked my world and continues to do so.

Let it rock yours too :)

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Victoria July 30, 2012 at 03:11

Beautiful post as always. I actually saved this to read at the end of the day. I always do that with things I’m looking forward to. I made a choice to be true a few years back too. My main issue is learning to hear myself properly. It’s tricky separating the external noise from your inner voice. I learn more all the time but I think it’s a journey that takes time. Mindfullness is my mantra.
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Hannah July 30, 2012 at 11:06

Wow, I love that you did that, thank you! I feel as though I have found such a kindred spirit in you Victoria. Your authenticity shines through in your writing, and your journey inspires me so much :)

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Ayngelina July 30, 2012 at 13:18

So so happy to hear this I really do believe you can help people and it’s also a great way to make some money on the road.

I’d be happy to review in on my site when you are done. I think a lot of my readers will find it inspiring.
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Hannah July 30, 2012 at 14:57

Thank you so much for your inspiration and support Ayngelina – that would be great!

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Rhonda July 30, 2012 at 15:25

A great post Hannah… we can all learn from your honesty about yourself that has helped you turn your life path around. I will say, we have got to meet one day because I think Tequila is always a good idea too. Thrilled for you that this journey is nearly becoming a true geographical fact as well as a personal one. Keep telling the truth!
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Hannah August 2, 2012 at 22:26

Thank you Rhonda – and yes, tequila with you sounds wonderful! I look forward to that very much :)

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Carmel July 30, 2012 at 15:40

I feel like I’m honest with myself, but if I really take notice, I see all the little white lies I tell myself on a regular basis and just how damaging they are. Even the littlest of lies we tell ourselves can be devastatingly destructive. It is scary to be honest, but like many things in life, it’s much scarier thinking about telling ourselves the truth than actually doing it. Our addictions are often rooted in these lies and admitting the truth weakens the power of the addiction. On paper, it seems so simple….

You’re completely right about those little “flaws” that we have–it’s part of what makes us human and helps us share our experiences. Personally, I think your flaws are fabulous!
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Hannah August 2, 2012 at 22:29

Ah, those little white lies – I’m still not immune to them. Right now my LWL is that I can cope with my ridiculous workload AND packing up the rest of my life before we leave to India. I was trying to be optimistic, but now I realise I was kidding myself. Time to slow down…

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Sarah Somewhere July 30, 2012 at 17:37

I’m so happy you are living your truth, Hannah, you are a beautiful soul! It has also been my experience that the truth has set me free, and continues to do so. I love what you write about being human, a huge part of my journey is acceptance, of self and in turn others, faults and all. There’s no point beating ourselves up for our failings, they are the parts of ourselves that allow us to grow and change. I’m excited for your book, writing from experience is the best way, and I know you will inspire change in so many others. Go girl!!
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Hannah August 2, 2012 at 22:32

Thank you so much Sarah. I love the many parallels in our lives – I feel like I have known you forever even though we’ve never met (yet!).

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Kim July 30, 2012 at 19:55

Hannah, this is beautiful and I completely agree. When I told the truth, first to myself and then to others, about the kind of life I wanted to live, it really did set me free.
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Hannah August 2, 2012 at 22:33

It’s an incredibly potent thing isn’t it? Just being honest is possibly the most powerful tool in the world.

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Adam July 31, 2012 at 03:20

Yup. Something I still work on everyday, though in a very different sense. I was never a chronic liar or something, but just very secretive and mysterious. I didn’t like to lie, but I didn’t like to be honest about what was going on with my life either. So just working on my site like you work on yours is strange and scary in how OPEN I have to be. So, your def brave sharing your story with said lying magazine, haha…
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Hannah August 2, 2012 at 22:36

Thanks Adam. It’s funny isn’t it; how blogging can be the catalyst for so much. When I speak, I don’t hear my voice in the same way as I do when I read it. Now that I am pursuing my dream of being a writer, I feel the responsibility of every word I write, and the truth is the only option :)

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Florian August 1, 2012 at 13:18

Your determination is amazing. To go through all that, and never be put off trying to get where you want to go it truly inspiring. My partner and I have made the decision to do the same a few months ago, we hope to start travelling in September 2013. A few medium sized debts to pay off, and a lot of things to sell, but we too are determined. I will be following your blog with great interest. I wish you the very best of luck, and my thanks for allowing me to share in your adventure through your blog.

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Florian August 1, 2012 at 13:22

Sometimes I guess we all just do wrong trying to do what we see are right, or to protect ourselves. Everybody does it. I think you should be extremely proud of yourself for having faced and dealt with it. And how you pulled yourself out of that situation is truly inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

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Cheryl aka Mid-Life Cruising! August 1, 2012 at 20:32

Great post that I was really interested to read, as I’m currently just starting to pack up our belongings and put our house on the market in about a week! Once the house sells … it will be time to get real serious and sell/give away a lot of stuff!

We’ll be sailing and cruising on our 30 ft boat and we won’t have room for much! I’ve been preparing myself for a range of emotions as I minimize. I know that you and I both are doing the right thing … living life to the fullest!
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Hannah August 2, 2012 at 22:49

Thank you Cheryl, I hope you found it useful. I can’t imagine what it must be like to have to sell your house as well as all your stuff – just getting rid of my basic belongings was hard enough! I think what you are doing it amazing and I am so excited to follow in your journey. I wish you the very best :)

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Izy Berry August 1, 2012 at 20:46

I love that you’re being so frank and honest about your debt. It’s a step in the right direction for all of us, so thanks :)

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Hannah August 2, 2012 at 22:36

Thank you so much Izy :)

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Izy Berry August 1, 2012 at 20:49

Wow, great budget. Looks like you’ll have a little room for budge, too. Will you be posting actual costs as you go along? I’d be really interested to read that.

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Izy Berry August 1, 2012 at 20:51

Can’t wait to watch your adventures unfold. Soon I’ll be returning home for a while to save, and the plan is to head to South America, but if finances do not permit… We’ll go to India. Not a bad second place.

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Izy Berry August 1, 2012 at 21:01

getting rid of your stuff is SO liberating. Kinda sucks at first, especially when you cringe about how much you wasted on it. But it’s SO liberating!

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EM | Cubicle Throwdown August 1, 2012 at 22:27

Love the honesty you are living Hannah, very inspiring! I hesitated at first about the level of sharing on my blog, especially with finances but I realized that part of the reason people get into trouble with it is that we are not open about it and so no one learns from each other. Thanks for sharing :)

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Hannah August 2, 2012 at 22:38

Thank you so much, and you are absolutely right Em – if we were all open and honest about such things, there would be no need to keep them hidden. I say share and support – we are all in this together :)

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Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) August 2, 2012 at 04:02

Hannah, I just wanted to let you know how deeply this post resonated with me. I thought it was so beautiful that you put yourself out there and spoke the unvarnished truth – I think the hardest thing we can do is to be completely honest about who we are and live our life so that we are completely accountable to ourselves. In the past few months, I have been doing my best to be honest with myself and with those around me about what I am feeling and although it can be hard, the relief I have felt in just being true to myself has been enormous. It’s one of those things where you wouldn’t necessarily think it should be so hard, but we get so used to veiling ourselves from others, that by opening ourselves up to the truth, we also make ourselves incredibly vulnerable. I see immense courage in you and the life you are living and find it so inspiring!
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Hannah August 2, 2012 at 22:46

Wow, thank you so much for your lovely comment Steph. I’m so glad you have been making similar changes – it’s not easy, in fact I think it will always be a struggle, but I also think it is one of the greatest things we can do to make a difference in the world. I see immense courage in you too xxx

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Hannah August 2, 2012 at 22:52

So true! When I sold my books I literally felt sick at the price difference – I was selling them for less than 10% of what I paid for them. If only I had simply gone to the library instead!!!

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Heather August 8, 2012 at 03:02

Wow, few posts resonate like this one did with me. Well done.

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Hannah August 16, 2012 at 02:26

Thank you so much Heather, that means the world to me :)

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ashley August 11, 2012 at 04:13

Hi Hannah, Well done in deciding to follow your dreams. It is such an important thing to do. We are currently travelling with our 15 month old son. He is loving it too. I think you have a lovely turn of phrase, very true and honest and almost poetic. I look forward to following the rest of your adventures.

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Therese August 11, 2012 at 08:13

Love this (but you knew I would!).

Also, did you say tequila?!

;)
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Hannah August 16, 2012 at 02:26

You know me – I always say tequila!

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Jasmine August 13, 2012 at 05:36

Wow, so after stumbling on your blog this morning, I have spent the entire day reading every entry. Beautiful… I am really looking forward to following your adventure when it finally begins. If you are interested in researching starting your own charity, there is an extraordinary young Aussie woman who has done just that in Cambodia. You can see her story here http://www.abc.net.au/austory/specials/childrenlessergod/default.htm
or visit the charity’s website here http://www.cambodianchildrenstrust.org/
You may even be able to pay them a visit if you ever end up in that part of the world. Good luck with everything you are planning (or un-planning!).

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Hannah August 16, 2012 at 02:25

Hi Jasmine, thank you so much for your lovely comment, that is so sweet of you to read all of my posts! And thank you for the charity link – I will check it out now, it sounds amazing :)

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Gina August 15, 2012 at 00:45

That must be so liberating to sell the majority of your stuff. Kind of sad, too, I’m sure, but I can definitely see how it would be cathartic. You’re so close to your travels! I can’t wait to read about them. :)
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Hannah August 16, 2012 at 02:31

Yes, it’s been so liberating – and sad – but more than anything, it has been an awakening. Getting rid of all my stuff gave me room to just… be.

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Stephen schreck August 17, 2012 at 17:11

I am the exact same. I am headed on my long term travels in may! Great article and safe travels.

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Lize-Mare September 3, 2012 at 16:11

There is hope…

I have just returned from a bit of a trip prior i had alot of stuff, i have gotten rid of all this stuff, i have always struggled with letting go of things and “stuff” now that i am back surprisingly i dont miss these things and i just dont need them anymore i feel so much lighter for it i feel my belongings were holding me back, i also got rid of alot of things along the way, just realised i didnt need stuff also my bag was getting heavier and heavier from acquiring things along the way, i remember atleast 2 times that i just threw things away along the trip, i just found i didnt need them and havent missed any of my items either! ENJOY THE TRIP, i have been following you on facebook! Cant wait to hear how you get on :)

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t September 8, 2012 at 16:43

Just found your blog and wow … I admire you and look forward on your adventures

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Monica September 11, 2012 at 13:47

“…just because it didn’t feel right” is all the justification you need. The letting go is the hardest part. But you will get through it (of course) and be amazed by the path you’ve chosen. And I can’t wait to come visit:)
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Hannah September 12, 2012 at 23:49

I can’t wait for you to come visit as well! I hope to be able to show you around Palolem one day very soon x

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claire September 11, 2012 at 13:48

Aw Hannah, I was emotional enough by the time I finished reading this post; by the end of the video I was in floods of tears.

Don’t beat yourself about leaving your family and friends; this is YOUR journey and none of them would tell you not to do it. Besides, the world is such a small place now…but such a big place to discover =) Go go go, be gone!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Hannah September 12, 2012 at 23:51

I’m going!

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Carmel September 11, 2012 at 15:48

Why do we doubt our instincts about what is right for us so frequently and so vehemently? As if somehow we’re going to be so wrong. So what if you’re wrong? What would you do? Come back and set up life again. You’ve done it once before, you can do it again. It seems so simple, but we overcomplicate things.

What an incredibly honest and real post…nice to see in a sea of b.s. and over-hyped stories on the internet (did I mention I’m kinda grouchy today??)
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Hannah September 12, 2012 at 23:56

Thank you Carmel, you always write such lovely comments and I really appreciate your support. I’m grouchy too – if only we lived closer – we could go be grouchy together over cocktails :)

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Pamela September 11, 2012 at 16:03

I can’t denied is hard sometimes, if I could plan it all over, I would go back once a year to visit family, that is the hardest part of my travels , but technology helps a lot, google + is awesome. Take a full advantage of your last days and then enjoy the ride! There are no rules, follow your heart to where it takes you :)
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Hannah September 12, 2012 at 23:57

We will definitely be circling back every year for a visit – I don’t think I could manage longer than that. We have planned to come home for a few weeks next September before heading over to Central and South America :)

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Sarah Somewhere September 11, 2012 at 16:11

Dear Hannah, so nice to read your heartfelt words again after too long without them! The guilt and the fear and the confusion and the conflict is all part of how we grow, widening our views and perceptions of the world. Growing pains, if you like. Thanks for sharing yours, you must be growing a LOT girl! I know you’re doing the right thing, does that count? Can’t wait to stroll that beach with you and laugh about all this…
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Hannah September 13, 2012 at 00:00

I can’t wait to stroll that beach with you too. It will be so wonderful to share my favourite place with you – I know you are going to love it, and it will be the perfect place to relax before the madness of the Rickshaw Run!

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Ayngelina September 11, 2012 at 17:49

I remember this feeling, I was full of anxiety and doubt. But you know when I walked through the metal detector at the airport all of it washed away and it was replaced with confidence. I finally felt deep down that I was doing the right thing.
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Hannah September 13, 2012 at 00:03

Thanks Ayngelina, it’s good to know other people felt the same way too. I know I’ll feel fine once I’ve said my goodbyes and boarded the plane, it’s just going to be an emotional journey until I reach that point.

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Kim September 11, 2012 at 20:14

I so totally know exactly how you feel- I felt the exact same way. Once you are on that plane to India it will all melt away… XO
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Hannah September 13, 2012 at 00:03

I can’t wait for that moment. I think the free drinks will help too :)

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Rhonda September 11, 2012 at 20:36

love this post! Don’t let the expectations of others change what you are looking for. Life is, indeed, much too short and unexpected to feel you need to please everyone. You know you’re moving in the right direction…just keep on walking!
p.s….. we LOVE Palolem Beach too and can’t wait until we can return. Would love to hear about where you’ll be lucky enough to stay for 3 months.

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Hannah September 13, 2012 at 00:05

Ah, I’m so glad you love Palolem too. I’ll be sure to write all about our Indian home and share lots of photos :)

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Hannah September 11, 2012 at 22:04

Hannah, I can completely feel what you are feeling right now. I only have 6 days before I leave for my big adventure, and I’m going through a whole range of emotions including fear and doubt. Stay strong, and in a few weeks when you are finally on the road, you are going to be sighing with relief and happiness.
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Hannah September 13, 2012 at 00:06

6 days! Wow!!! Good luck on your adventures, I’ll be following avidly :)

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Sylvain September 11, 2012 at 23:22

Thanks for the post… it’s nice to get in touch with the feelings.

I’ll be in that position in about 9 months… just about to do the final jump.

I guess that’s a bit like the cold feet before a wedding.

But you can always remind you that once you made the move, it’s not irreversible if you want or need to return home with family… even if it’s just for a short while… to get ready to leave again. Yes, we all hope to leave forever… but the important is to be comfy. If thinking it’s for the next 50 years scare you (and it can without being ashamed of it), just remember to breath and say you’re leaving for a year. A year from now, you tell yourself again it’s for another year, etc.

The important is to make it the way that’s right for you. Also, don’t plan too much ahead of time… and be prepared to throw your plans by the window if you realize at one point you’re not comfy. The idea is to do what you want… not to stick to plans you thought were right 6 months ago.

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Hannah September 13, 2012 at 00:08

Thank you Sylvain. I wish you all the best on your own adventures :)

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Scarlett September 11, 2012 at 23:47

Another beautifully written piece Hannah. As you said; take one step at a time. We all begin to doubt ourselves when we get close to things we’ve worked for for so long – but you should be so proud of yourself and so excited that all your hard work is about to pay off. Welcome to your amazing new chapter xx
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Hannah September 13, 2012 at 00:09

Thank you so much Jenn, I really appreciate that x

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Whitney Anderson September 12, 2012 at 00:04

I’m new to your blog. HANG IN THERE! That video was so beautiful. Thanks for sharing and best of luck to you.
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Hannah September 13, 2012 at 00:10

Thank you Whitney, I’m so glad you found me! I’m about to head over and check out your blog now :)

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Rika | Cubicle Throwdown September 12, 2012 at 04:09

I can relate – I spent so much time consuming myself with getting everything in order to go, and now I’m here and dealing with a lot of things I didn’t deal with before I left. Still a million times better than staying and wishing I would have gone though…enjoy your last days, say some lovely goodbyes and then set off on your adventure with a happy heart!
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Hannah September 13, 2012 at 00:12

Yes, going is definitely better than staying. I have been reading your blog and find your story so inspiring. I hope you can deal with everything and continue to make the most of your new life in Roatan :)

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The Travel Fool September 12, 2012 at 19:59

That is cool. Looks like a lot of fun I am sure you will have a blast.
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Hannah September 13, 2012 at 02:15

Thank you! I certainly hope so :)

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Kim September 12, 2012 at 20:14

Whooo hooo!!! That’s actually the first time I’ve watched that video. I’m a little (a lot) scared!
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Hannah September 13, 2012 at 01:32

Really? I watch it all the time – it makes me happy :)

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Sarah Somewhere September 12, 2012 at 20:30

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! WOOP WOOP!
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Hannah September 13, 2012 at 01:32

I hear ya!

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Kirsten Carroccia September 12, 2012 at 20:42

Congrats on getting the opportunity to fulfill an adventure on your bucket list. I can so see you doing this… ;) You should pitch this as a new reality show. xxoo

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Hannah September 13, 2012 at 01:57

Thank you Kirsten! We’ll be filming it ourselves and hopefully putting together some kind of video of our adventures. Wouldn’t want to put the Kardashian’s out of a job or anything – what else would they do for a living?!

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Stephen Schreck September 12, 2012 at 20:45

That is sooo aweomse…just added this to my bucket list!

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Hannah September 13, 2012 at 01:35

Great! I hope we can inspire you rather than put you off :)

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Carmel September 12, 2012 at 21:04

I love that you masterminded this idea. Can’t wait to follow you gals!
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Hannah September 13, 2012 at 01:34

Ha! I’m sure I’ll be cursing myself when my butt is sore from bouncing along the potholed roads in the middle of nowhere!

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Gina September 12, 2012 at 21:21

Exciting news! You’re going to have such an incredible time!
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Hannah September 13, 2012 at 01:33

Thanks Gina! It really is going to be amazing :)

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Adam September 12, 2012 at 23:01

So awesome!!! I’ve been fascinated with the Rickshaw Run for a while and think it’s a great project. Never saw that video before (or if I did, I’d forgotten) and it looks amazing.

Can’t wait to follow along!
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Hannah September 13, 2012 at 01:59

So glad to have you along for the ride! It’s a great video isn’t it – hopefully we’ll be making some fine video of the RR ourselves :)

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Michayla September 12, 2012 at 23:09

I’ve never heard of the Rickshaw Run before! It sounds like such a rush! I’m excited for you 3! :)

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Hannah September 13, 2012 at 02:00

Thank you! I can’t remember how I first heard about it, but I’ve been obsessed with doing it ever since. So excited to finally get the chance :)

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Ashley September 13, 2012 at 04:02

What an amazing adventure you will all have. Very jealous! I would love to do something similar maybe one day. Just finished reading Shantaram which is based in India and it definitely makes me want to go there, what better way to see it than a rickshaw. Good-luck to the three of you. :)

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Hannah September 13, 2012 at 11:31

Thanks Ashley! I loved Shantaram when I read it. India is such an incredible country, with so much to offer. I can’t wait to get back there and definitely recommend it for your future travels :)

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Clare September 13, 2012 at 04:27

I just found your blog. So glad I did. This entry and video are stunning.
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Hannah September 13, 2012 at 16:41

Hi Clare, thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment, I really appreciate it. I’m off to check out your blog now :)

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Mid-Life Cruising! September 13, 2012 at 17:44

Never heard of this before, but it looks like a blast! We’re looking forward to hearing about your team’s journey, and LOVE the name!

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Hannah September 16, 2012 at 17:47

It’s a great name, isn’t it! Kim’s husband Brian came up with it. We’re so excited to share this amazing adventure, all whilst raising money and awareness for such a wonderful cause :)

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Phillipa September 13, 2012 at 21:26

No turning back now babes! You are Superhuman!x

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Hannah September 16, 2012 at 17:45

Ha! Hardly, but thank you for your vote of confidence :)

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TammyOnTheMove September 14, 2012 at 09:08

I know what you feel about leaving your friends and family. It breaks my heart every time I am speaking to my parents and telling them that I am extending my stay in Cambodia (I am working here). But in the end they understand that this is what makes me happy and so they are happy as well. It is normal to feel nervous, but in the end all of the hard work will be worth it. You are going to have an amazing time and I can’t wait to read all about it.
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Hannah September 21, 2012 at 13:58

Thank you for your comment Tammy. My family and friends have been very understanding and supportive as well, and I know they always have my back. I think that is why it is so hard to say goodbye to them though! But like you, I know the sacrifice is worth it.

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Mimi September 15, 2012 at 07:02

Looks like an amazing adventure, and I’m sure it will be a great memory.

But I do have a question about how you’re choosing to spend your travel time and money. Are you interested in really seeing India? I love India, and it’s so complex with so much to see and experience. I spent 3 months there moving around slowly, and I felt like I could easily spend another year seeing new things every day.

While I’d love the adventure of a race like this, it would kill me to literally race past all of the amazing towns, people, markets, animals, ancient sights and everything else in India. I’d want to actually stop and experience the country and the local people. I’d want to have leisurely meals at street stalls and local venues. I’d be so sad to race so quickly through such a wonderful and complex place. And I’d worry that in my focus on wildly racing through a country, I’d somehow be disrespectful to people in the country.

I guess I combine this question with your desire to just live in Goa as your entire experience in India. Do you worry about not really seeing more of the country? I barely consider Goa to be India in the sense that it’s the most westernized with so many tourists. And it’s so different (in a holiday/tourist way) from the many other states and regions of India. On my first trip to India, I didn’t even visit Goa because it seemed generic and less challenging than all the other places to visit.

So between racing through the country and then living just in Goa, are you worried that you won’t really experience India and all of the fascinating places in it? Or perhaps you plan to travel (slowly) throughout the country with Goa as a home base.

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Hannah September 16, 2012 at 15:34

Mimi, I must say I found your comment to be extremely presumptuous and ignorant. I am fortunate enough to have already visited India six times, and covered the length and breadth of this amazing country. During this time I have made lifelong friends with locals and learnt countless lessons, one of which is to never judge other people, or the choices they make. We are all on our own journeys, and I travel for my own reasons, none of which I feel the need to defend in the comments section of my blog. Or anywhere else for that matter.

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Torre – Fearful Adventurer September 22, 2012 at 10:25

Best reply ever. I just pumped the air with my fist.
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Hannah September 23, 2012 at 15:18

Why thank you :)

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Jeremy or IHeartTravel September 16, 2012 at 22:43

Hannah,

first welcome back !! So as I read the beginning of this post I couldn’t help but to think of a quote (geek is about to come out), it’s a quote from one of my favorite films it goes….

“The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming.” -Harvey Dent

I commend you for what you have accomplished and I know that when you depart on this adventure, on that day everything will all make sense !
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Hannah September 21, 2012 at 14:00

Thanks Jeremy, that’s a really great quote. I’m looking forward to the dawn :)

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Jeremy or IHeartTravel September 17, 2012 at 00:47

From the moment you told me about this I couldn’t help but think how amazing this experience will be for all of you!

Much respect to you 3 as well for the charity that will benefit from your adventures, May you 3 make this adventure everything you want it to be!!!
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Hannah September 23, 2012 at 15:25

Thank you so much Jeremy, your support is greatly appreciated, as always. And I can’t wait to take my ‘Travel Hat’ along for the ride :)

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Ayngelina September 17, 2012 at 18:31

That sounds like so much fun, can`t wait to hear all about it.
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Hannah September 23, 2012 at 15:20

Thanks Ayngelina, I can’t wait to share our adventures and misadventures!

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Lauren September 19, 2012 at 07:07

I stumbled across your blog a few months ago courtesy of Sarah Somewhere and I’ve come across it again bc of your “crazy” plan! How exciting and I’m glad you sent that email, to think you may have not had this awesome opportunity!

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Hannah September 23, 2012 at 15:30

Thanks Lauren, I’m so glad you found me! I have definitely learnt that it is always worth putting yourself out there – what’s the worst that can happen? You end up stuck in a rickshaw for a fortnight with two strangers?! :)

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Margaret Hogan September 21, 2012 at 13:06

Remember this Hannah…
No matter where you are … you’re there.
Get it?

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Hannah September 21, 2012 at 14:02

Thanks Marg, those are definitely wise words to remember :)

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Susan @ Travel Junkette September 21, 2012 at 18:59

Ahhhh! SO pumped for you! This has definitely been a dream of mine. I can’t wait to follow your epic journey… and for such a great cause!!

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Hannah September 23, 2012 at 15:20

Thanks Susan, I’m so excited to finally be taking part!

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Venkat Ganesh @ India Backpack Motorbike September 22, 2012 at 15:12

India in a Rickshaw! This is so insanely awesome!
Best wishes to all of you! Can’t wait for the ride to begin! Bookmarked!

Cheers
Venky

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Hannah September 23, 2012 at 15:51

Thank you Venkat!

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Vicky September 24, 2012 at 16:46

Aw hun it sounds stressful, but I hope you were just having a down day when you posted this. You need to follow your dreams, no one else will. Good luck and I hope you feel a bit better now x
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Hannah September 25, 2012 at 01:08

The path towards my dreams came with a lot of down days. I think they are an inevitable and essential part of it all, and this certainly wasn’t written on a singular day, but was rather the result of many. I think it’s important to show the other side of this life of travel, and share every aspect of our journeys.

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Sally September 26, 2012 at 07:57

Congrats on booking your ticket! So you’re really just taking off and have no plans? My inner soul is saying ‘This is what you need to do!!’. Looking forward to reading more and finding out what you get up to :)
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Jenny September 27, 2012 at 05:46

The RICKSHAW RUN!!!!!! I’m SO EXCITED for you :)
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Hannah October 16, 2012 at 09:40

Thanks Jenny!

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amy September 28, 2012 at 16:53

Hi Hannah,
I just found your blog this week and all your posts really resonate with me. My bf and I are currently planning our own RTW trip, which will start in March 2013. We still have about 5 months left to go and I’m feeling such a weird mix of excitment and saddness knowing I’ll be leaving home everything and everyone I know in London to travel. You’re right – it’s awful to wish away your time, but I find it impossible some days to think about anything else but the getting to the day when we escape this life and get on with our new one.
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Audrey | That Backpacker October 3, 2012 at 10:31

Nice! I would love to do this someday. I just need to find a mechanic – just in case, haha :D
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Hannah October 16, 2012 at 09:41

Yeah, I’m thinking of getting a little training in while I’m living in Goa – need to befriend a rickshaw driver to give me a few lessons!

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Steph | DiscoveringIce.com October 4, 2012 at 00:52

Your honesty never ceases to amaze me! I wish I could be so honest in real life and on my blog, and stop pretending everything is so perfect all the time. We all have ups and downs. Cant believe as I read this you are already in India! So happy for you and Lee! xx
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Hannah October 5, 2012 at 01:13

Thank you Steph, that really means a lot. I truly believe that if we all did that – stopped pretending – then the world would be a much better place. To begin with it was terrifying to be so honest on my blog, but now I couldn’t imagine being any other way. I think it is so important to show every side of our journeys, the good, the bad, and everything in between. Give it a try, and see where that voice takes you.

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Steph | DiscoveringIce.com October 4, 2012 at 00:57

Please please take as much videos as possible!! AAAAAMMMAAZING!!! So love this!
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Hannah October 16, 2012 at 09:43

Will do! I really can’t wait to start reporting live from the road :)

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Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) October 5, 2012 at 09:56

Woo hoo! You made it! And what a way to kick off your journey! I am super jealous, as I have never been upgraded on a flight and it is my not-so-secret hope that it happens at some point during this year of travel… I keep hoping that purchasing tickets with a “Dr.” pre-fixed to my name (hey, gotta make that PhD count somehow, right?) will do the trick, but so far, no dice.

And I definitely understand that turmoil and mixed emotions that can hit at the start of a trip like this. It actually took several weeks of us being on the road before I really started to appreciate our new life, and I was definitely cranky and grumpy for seemingly unknown reasons before that happened. Just sink it in, because the best is no longer yet to come, it’s here!
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Hannah October 16, 2012 at 09:55

I know, we were so lucky! Here’s to future upgrades and happy travels :)

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Toni October 5, 2012 at 12:08

I am so ridiculously happy for you sweetheart – you already sound so at home and at peace with yourself and life which is a lovely thing to witness after all the pre-travel stress and emotions you have been going through lately.
I can’t wait to follow your adventure and know that our paths will cross again on our travels because the Universe can’t help but steer me towards such a bright light as you. I miss you already xxx
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Hannah October 16, 2012 at 09:57

Thank you so much Toni, what a lovely comment. I’m have no doubt that our paths will cross again one day – I look forward to sharing future adventures with you :)

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