Where To Next – How Do You Decide?

How does one chose where their next travel adventure will be? No definitive answer there. The process is as varied and unique as each person who travels. Many have bucket lists that are short and concise. Others have lists that grow faster than they can type. I once read a post on a Facebook travel group of which I am a member. The young woman was with her mother and they passed a billboard for the Olive Garden restaurant chain. The billboard stated something to the effect of ‘next stop: Italy’. So she pulls out her phone to begin the search for flights to Italy. Her mother just shakes her head while driving, asking her daughter why can’t she plan trips the way people normally do. That post made me smile. 

IMG_0698For myself it is can be any number of reasons. I once went to a small town in Scotland (Birnam and Dunkeld) for the sole reason of visiting a local pub that played traditional music on Thursdays. Recently I added Uruguay to my list just to see the La Mano statue. Seeing many landmarks in Western Europe was inspired by a course on western civilization that I took in college. The instructor was passionate about history and the architecture and art of the previous millennium. His classes intrigued me. Seeing France, Italy, Germany, IMG_7305and more from that perspective has left an indelible mark upon me. Sometimes it can be my taste buds that drive me. My recent trip to Malaysia was mainly food driven (and seeing the Petronas towers). It did not disappoint and I can confidently say that nasi lemak is now a favourite dish. The other reason I went to SE Asia was because as much as I love Europe I need to see other ‘new to me’ places on another continent. Adventure, nature, arts, culture, rest and relaxation, partying, reflection, sports, or wanderlust IMG_7844whatever the reason, just go. Keep and open mind and heart, to know that doing things differently is a way to learn and understand this complicated world we live in. Perhaps then we will realize we make it much more complicated by lack of understanding or not wanting to understand. Travel can, if we allow it, teach us amazing things about others and see all that this world has to offer. And sometimes there simply is no reason other than to just go.



Sojourn, trip, journey.  Travel, wander, rove, roam.  Wanderlust – a desire to travel. The definition in its simplest form, in my opinion. Yet, it means much more to me and to many people out there. It is more than a desire – it’s a longing, an ache, a part of oneself that must be sated.  When not travelling I often experience what in German is called “fernweh” or far-sickness. I find this feeling even stronger than wanderlust. It comes in waves often lasting for days. I feel lost at home and the familiar surroundings around me, as if I didn’t fully belong. Other times it’s for a few hours or a day, gone a suddenly as it came yet its impact lingering in my heart, in my soul. That’s the strongest of my ‘travel’ feelings. When I tell others I want to go away during my bouts of fernweh I am never certain if they understand the depths of yearning. As for wanderlust,  it is the constant. Always there, an ever-present gentle hand guiding me. That part of me that craves new adventures, new sights and experiences is spurred on by that continual feeling of wanderlust. Even just the simple idea of being in another location is lit by wanderlust.  I gladly embrace it.

Next Step Taken

Yesterday evening I booked my ONE WAY flight to Ontario where I will start the first leg of my RTW trip. I will spend some time in the town I grew up in (Thunder Bay) visiting with my parents, one of my dearest and closest friends and  extended family and friends. It is a great start to this amazing time I have ahead of me. I think it has taken me all of this 24 hour period to have it sink in that I am doing this. I imagined that when I gave my notice at work it would all start changing. Ends up it is the booking of the flight plus a day that has my heart soaring a bit higher and my imagination viewing the world as it is in my mind. As the day has progressed my soul has been lifting. I have thought much of my other best friends right here in Greater Vancouver. Of my sister and how a part of this trip will be with her. And then to the amount of things I need to do (gulp!). Stress that I have not even saved nearly the amount of money I had hoped to. Excitement that I will go anyway. As my friend Suzy B once said (along these lines) that you can not wait until you have enough money to live life because you never will so do it anyway and be grateful for what you have and can do. She told me that years and years ago. It has stuck with me ever since. I also see that now I am going to be selfish. I am focusing primarily on myself and this trip. I am by nature, job and choice a caretaker (even my personality type on the Myers-Briggs test is a “caregiver” ESFJ). Of course I am selfish now and again (probably more in the thoughts of my friends – LOL) but now I am truly going to focus on this trip, ask opinions, change my mind of where to go a million times and talk non-stop. The excitement is starting to sink in! Be warned my good friends, be warned. 😛