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I’ve Got Fernweh!

I’m always dreaming about travel – reading numerous blog posts and magazines in search of bites of information and inspiration. All it takes is a pretty photograph of some far flung paradise and my heart begins to ache for adventure. So, just like when I began this blog a few years ago and was working towards making long-term travel happen, which culminated in me travelling solo around Canada for five months in 2012, I’ve decided to start planning the next epic adventure. And believe me when I say it will be EPIC! It’s way too early to disclose any more details at this point but, all being well, I’ll be back ‘on the road’ (or rather the tracks) by next September. And my boyfriend Andy – a regular feature on this blog now :-) – will be coming with me. My mind has been ticking away ever since going freelance in January and having the option to be location independent is way too tempting. Fernweh: An ache for distant places; the craving for travel I’ve seen the …

Jericho sunset Vancouver

Am I Too Old To Go Travelling?

Before deciding to go travelling in Canada, I was riddled with insecurities about being too old for backpacking. What is the best age to go travelling? Is 28 a good age to go backpacking? Am I too old for long-term travel? These were the kind of questions I would find myself typing into Google, before scouring through various forums on the subject. The general opinion seemed to be that you are never too old to travel and that travel can actually be more enjoyable in your later 20s than when you are straight out of college or university. However, I was still worried that the majority of backpackers would be gap year students and free-as-a-bird under 25s looking to get wasted every night. Me? I was nearly 28 with a full-time job and long-term boyfriend. It was not a simple book and go situation. I was scared that I should be focusing on my career and settling down as oppose to leaving everything behind for several months. I did not have to look further than …

Banff in Canadian Rockies

Flight Booked! Countdown to Canada and USA trip begins

My finger hovered over the purchase button, my heart was racing and my stomach was in knots. Why was I in such a state? Fear and uncertainty had crept in. But then I reminded myself of the reasons why I wanted to go travelling long-term and promptly clicked to book my flight to Vancouver. Immediately I felt a great sense of relief and began to feel excited at the prospect of taking this six-month trip through Canada and the USA. The butterflies turned into more of a feeling of elation and I knew I had done the right thing. I fly out on May 9th and plan to gradually travel east across this reputedly beautiful country. There are no solid plans at this point but I definitely want to spend some time in the Rockies, and Banff looks like a spectacularly stunning base from which to explore these mountains. This will be my first time properly travelling solo. I have travelled solo before for a week in Sydney, Australia, but never for this duration. It …

Peyto Lake Canadian Rockies

Why I Want to Travel Solo

In a matter of months I will be heading off on my first big solo trip. I am both excited and scared, but know that this is the right thing for me to do. Here is why I am planning on going it alone for a while… Flexibility I want to go wherever I want, decide what sights to see and be flexible to change my mind without having to compromise. I have travelled long-term with friends before and found it restrictive. Everybody wants to do different things and there is naturally always compromise somewhere.   To gain some perspective Plodding along in life, repeating the same daily grind clouds my brain. Days, weeks and months fly by and there is a cycle of work, eat, sleep which is difficult to break – mainly due to a sheer lack of energy. I know I want to change direction, but I am not sure which way to go. There is not enough time to see things clearly and make pure decisions. Life just keeps going at …