Yes. IT is happening. I am currently planning my first Around-the-World-Trip!
And I am super excited and super nervous and super happy and super scared.
So I asked at my work place for a 6 months sabbatical over the winter, and they agreed! Now the thing is: I don't have a shitty job! I don't work in a cubicle 9-5, do boring paper work or live in a grey city. No, actually I am living already my dream life! I am a chef in a beautiful yoga retreat center in Southern Spain, and I live in the nearby white little village in a fabulous spacious and dirt cheap apartment with the best views over the surrounding hills.
Eh... why do I want to get away from that!?
But - life is all about change and evolving, and sometimes it felt a bit like a golden cage of safety here. I love it, and I am very grateful for this safe and beautiful life I have here, but I have grown more and more unfulfilled, and I want to satisfy all parts of my soul. I want to listen to my heart that tells me there is something missing.
There is only so much you can do and explore in one place. Don't get me wrong, I love the nature here, and one can go on the most stunning hiking routes. I can do yoga for free every day at my work place. I go to the gym for 2 Euros per day and the other costs of living are very low too. The Spanish people are incredible sweet and welcoming. I DO have a really good life.
But yes, there has been this dream of mine to travel the world since I was a teenager. And I do believe, if one has the possibility (a luxurious one, I am aware of that) to travel, one should take the time to explore the world. I am sure traveling teaches us a lot.
There were times in the past when I had felt this calling of my heart, this longing for something, and it almost always turned to the better, once I moved my bum and went traveling.
So here I am, taking 6 months over the winter, and my tiny little savings, and going out into the world.
This is also necessary for me to grow personally, to overcome fears, self-doubts, worries etc. I have always been a super scared and worrying person, and just recently, also with the help of some plant medicine, I have overcome some of those fears. I just turned 35, and they say, your life changes every 7 years. So this is my year of change, and what's better than traveling to get there.
So here is the plan (well)...
I will fly to Germany at the beginning of NOvember to visit my family. Then I will head off to Jamaica as my first stop. Why Jamaica?? Well, I wasn't quite sure where to go, since there is so much oft he world I haven't seen yet. I was a bit divided between Central/South America and India. In the end, I made the decision based on a good friend here who is originally from Jamaica, and a cheap airplane ticket I found.
So I would love to travel this route: Jamaica - Cuba - Mexico - San Francisco - Hawaii - New Zealand/Australia - India - (Iran) - back to Spain.
I am not sure if it will turn out like this. I am aware that especially the US and Australia/New Zealand are quite expensive so I am not sure how my funds will last.
I plan to volunteer a lot to keep the costs low.
At the moment I switch from being super excited and happy to gettign really nervous but most of the time I am very sure I am doing the right thing here.
I want to learn surfing, practice music, paint, and most of all, get new input and inspiration, to find more passion and purpose in my life.