I’m making up for a lot of lost time. Before 2015 I’d never left the United States. I didn’t even have a passport. 2 years later I have a one-way flight to Southeast Asia, a hungry passport, an even hungrier belly, a budget, a carry-on sized closet, an indefinite end date, a loose itinerary and a “go where the wind takes me” spirit.
Vision Boards, Bucketlists, Mock Itineraries. It’s very easy to plan out your travel bucketlist…then shelf it for the ~future~ when you have your shit together. I have literally 1,000 hypothetical trips planned, budgeted and mapped out. If I have learned anything from this chaotic year, it is that a stable future isn’t promised.
I’m ready for a career change.
I’m rapidly approaching
30 (8th Annual) 21.
I’m single (and okay with it).
I’m childless (and VERY okay with it).
I’m financially committed to student loans, but no house or car payments.
I have a friend who will also be a nomad this year (travel buddies).
So I am seizing the day and turning my bucket list into reality. Thus is born the “Eat, Eat, Eat” Southeast Asia Sabbatical.
Sure “finding myself” would be great, but this trip is about more.
I want to challenge stereotypes and false perceptions. Both others’ stereotypes about me and my own about the places I am visiting. Xenophobia must be fought with exposure.
I want to fight the perception of travel as an impossible dream. I acknowledge my privilege to be able to travel. I also firmly believe ANYONE can do it if they truly want to and more importantly everyone SHOULD do it more, ESPECIALLY now when our universal intolerance is leading us to a tipping point.
I want to reject this undercurrent of fear that pervades our lives. Because life is inherently dangerous no matter where you are. I can stay safe and put my dreams on hold or I can take a risk. I’m going to take a (calculated) risk. 🙂
I want to step out of my comfort zone. I want to challenge myself to thrive in a completely new setting. To force myself to meet strangers. To try new activities, that I’ll probably fail at. To figure out how to communicate in a foreign land.
I want to turn my passion for travel and the outdoors into a career. I don’t know what that ultimately will be, but I know I want to inspire others to do all of the above. And I can’t do it from my couch. And I’m hoping this blog can be a starting place.
I want to improve my photography. I’ve been in a creative slump and I’m hoping a change of scenery and stepping out of my comfort zone will reignite my creativity. And hoping photography can be a tool to help me achieve the above goals!
BUT Honestly. Truly. I’m really looking forward to the food*.
*Except dog. I do not want to eat dog slash I’m really hoping that’s a stereotype I can bust.
It is my INTENTION to blog consistently and keep everyone updated on my journey. Hopefully I can inspire someone, somewhere to travel more.
First stop: Singapore!