In March 2016, I returned from a solo three-month trip in Southeast Asia. I was feeling pretty low before I left – I didn’t know why, but I just wasn’t happy. I realized I needed to go travelling – this has always cured what ailed me.
Travelling has always fueled my soul – it allows me to grow, to learn about myself and the world around me, and to push myself (and of course, eat great food, meet new people and see amazing things). When I did my first solo trip at the age of 23, I learned that I was so much more resourceful and stronger than I ever thought I could be. When I travelled through Europe with friends at the age of 16, I learned that I loved art, history, and adventure.
As a child, I travelled with my parents all the time. They used to pull me out of school for six weeks or more and we’d go road tripping in the USA. I’m sure this sounds glamourous but the reality was that my parents weren’t rich people, but they worked hard, prioritized travel and tucked money away whenever they could to make it happen.
I’ve never really known a life without travel. Then BLAM! I entered the corporate world, pushed myself regularly, got recognized for some of my talents and got promoted regularly and suddenly, I stopped chasing my own dream of seeing and learning about the world and substituted it with career advancement. The scales had tipped too far and I was out of balance.
So now, I’m trying to bring a bit more balance to my life. I love my job and feel happy going to the office every day. But I’m 100% sure that there’s still room for travel in my corporate life – I just have to make it a priority the way my parents did way back when they were working in a struggling economy, managing a household, and raising the little devil that I was (and probably still am).
I started RoamingForMeaning.com to make sure travel stays front and centre in my life, to share stories from the road, give you tips and insights to help you plan your next adventure, and hopefully, to learn from each of you who may be reading this blog.