One year ago today …

ONE YEAR AGO today, I was setting off on my travel year!   I was actually going to live my dream of 30+ years, and backpack solo around a chunk of this big, wide world we live in!


My photo at  Larcomar in the City of Condors, Lima, Peru

I knew one day I would go, but not when, or how as nothing in my future finances then suggested I could – yet I knew in my heart and soul that ‘one day’ it would happen.  Everything aligned, albeit not seemingly perfect or good, but I recognised the moment and was able to jump at this once and only opportunity!  Thanks to life coaching that changed my life before, here was further proof of it’s effectiveness!

 See how I did it – read make it happen – at Year Ago …

Now, though, I have actually BEEN and SEEN the places in the pictures I once only used to yearn to visit, or at least some are something like these paradise destinations – Koh Samui and Phangan, Thailand, or Copacabana Beach and Paraty in Rio, or Australian beaches for a daily dip.

Angkor Wat, Kuala Lumpur, Amazon Anaconda, Milford Sound NZ

I no longer think the pictures have been photo-shopped as I have seen the amazing colours for myself, felt the warmth of the sunshine (or cold of the glaciers!) for myself, and felt the sand or gravel beneath my feet!  Fluorescent blue from the glacial rock carried it its icy waters carrying boulders down from the mountains in Fox or Queenstown’s lakes; I travelled two great rivers, the Mekong in Thailand and Laos, and the Amazon from Iquitos;  bush and wild animals in Australia (sadly, still never seen a wild snake …), feeding kangaroos by hand and watching whales and dolphins in the middle of the deep blue oceans; blue skies and flying over the Andes, looking like islands in a sea of cloud…and so, so much more in my 10 months out!

Yes, it was awesome!  Yes, it fulfilled me more than I expected – when I came back after 10 months my head, heart and soul were full of wonders I’d seen, experiences I’d had and people I’d met!

It was better than I could have imagined …. but not more than I dreamed!

Aussie lifeguards at Bondi Beach, Cristo Redentor Brazil, Thai Temples and rare birds from NZ

I will soon enough begin a new list of places to visit, a new vision book of where and maybe now, when I can do this.  Not too long this time in waiting to go, but making this happen!  I have costings, experience and clearer ideas of what’s involved, my own limitations and issues, and choices.   I have contacts around the world, too, and my one mainstay from a year ago today – the entrepreneur I sat and chatted to for four hours who, along with the film and the book I was reading, ended with “Nothing is impossible.  Anything is possible”.  Well, that is one thing I’ve proved for myself – and next, the business, then who knows what and where?!


Life is exciting once more ….

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