ADVENTURE. FREEDOM. INSPIRATION
The idea has been percolating for years…a carefree unplanned travel in a warm climate. Meeting new people, understanding different cultures, finding ‘hidden gems’ in each location, taking spontaneous side trips, tasting weird food, having scary moments and experiencing delicious adventures – all to feel inspired.
PLANNING THE TRIP & PACKING THE JUNK.
Planning is a process. Researching where to go, what to avoid, who knows who etc. Reading books, googling locations, scouring the web, sticky notes everywhere, and dots on maps. Trip Advisor forums are incredible, a wealth of information by locals. Amazing tips that are not in guide books, thank you to those who add to these forums.
Packing my house has prompted me to clean like a dervish and fix all the fixit items staring at me for years. It’s starting to feel like I might actually get packed before I leave in 2.5 weeks.
WHERE AM I GOING? 2 WILDLY DIFFERENT COUNTRIES.
Rather than try to see the “whole world”, I will focus on two new countries – Indonesia and South Africa. I have tried really hard not to plan every move; for a planner, this is a challenge. Take a look at my itinerary, you’ll see my issues with non-planning! Honestly, I only have 3 nights of lodging booked in Indonesia and 9 confirmed for South Africa, so I’m feeling pretty autonomous and free.
The big question from everyone, how will we know where you are? Well, here is my blog, instagram and itinerary. I do hope you will enjoy the iphone pics. Wrestling with the idea of buying and taking care of a decent camera, will I regret using an iphone? Maybe.
REALLY, ARE YOU GOING ALONE? YES.
Truthfully, I can’t wait to hit the road. The mix of excitement and nerves makes me feel alive and ready for a global experience. The pre-trip happiness is evident, hopefully the post-trip afterglow will last even longer.