Well, the world didn’t end on December 21st. Erm… what a surprise! To be honest, if it had done though, I would have at least been content that I’d made 2012 the best year of my life so far. I spent five months travelling solo around Canada and loved every minute of it.
Actually, that’s no exactly true. There were plenty of ups and downs, such as losing two cameras in two weeks, running away from a farm in Ontario, spooky goings on in Montreal and Toronto, a run-in with an angry wasp and plenty of other situations which I haven’t mentioned on this blog.
But I wouldn’t change a thing. If everything had gone smoothly, my travels wouldn’t have been anywhere near as interesting and fulfilling.
There were a number of reasons why I decided to travel solo. Reflecting back now, with the benefit of hindsight, I’m so glad I took the risk and made a huge step into the unknown.
I was worried about leaving my journalism job at a time of high unemployment. There was always a risk that I wouldn’t be able to get a job on my return to England.
Ultimately, I dreaded the thought of being a failure and taking a step backwards in my career as a result of taking this much-needed sabbatical.
Thankfully, after a couple of months of uncertainty, I’ve landed back on my feet. I start an exciting new job in the online copywriting industry in January – a field I’ve been aiming to move into for some time now.
I believe more than ever that, although things might not necessarily work out as expected, if you want to change your life and are prepared to take a big risk in order to do this, backed by an indomitable will to succeed and be happy, good things WILL happen.
If you’ve been wanting to go travelling for a while, but haven’t made that final decision, all I can say is: DO IT! Life is too short and you can make travel happen if you really want to – even though it might take some time to prepare and save enough money.
There are so many highlights of my travels in Canada, from hiking in the Rockies and seeing a polar bear in Churchill to admiring street art in Montreal and embracing the healthy lifestyle in Vancouver.
I impulsively booked my flight to Canada on January 1st, 2012, starting the year on a hopeful note. I’m happy to be ending it on a positive note as well.
Merry Christmas and I hope 2013 will be your best year yet.
Do you have any plans to travel in 2013? Did you ever have to take a big risk in order to travel long-term?