Why travel is like chasing the wind

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I’ve been thinking alot about travel and how it’s like “chasing the wind”.

We leave our homes in search of adventure. We seek the ultimate freedom – a life on the road.  We look for purpose and seek answers. We expect the world to change with us, we expect everything to be the same.  We loose and find ourselves in travel. It something you can’t quite explain and can’t quite grasp. Like chasing the wind.

We demand travel to give us purpose and meaning. But what if our meaning and our purpose is to just do life together. To love each other, to laugh together – to simply be.

I’ve been thinking a lot about legacy and how it’s like “chasing the wind”.

We have a finite number of days, they are numbered to give us wisdom. What if those days are spent creating a simple legacy of family, of friends of life! What if  purpose is created through respecting the sanctity and simplicity of life. Living a life of love. Starting with what we have, where we are, now.

I’ve been thinking a lot about a life’s work and how it’s like “chasing the wind”.

Instead, what if a life’s work is spending time with the friends and the family you have worked to create. What if a life’s work is to enjoy what you have, where you are now.

What if we choose love, choose happiness and choose joy. Choose light and memories and passion. And if our time is filled with the love of family, the hope of friendship and the joy of life . We will be comforted by the fulfilment of a life well lived. A life experienced out of the box. A life lived not chasing the wind, but dancing with it. Feeling it as it blows  across your face.

My Travel Bucket List

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I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list! I love traveling and the more places I visit the longer my bucket list becomes, I want revisit places and explore them even more! As a backpacking junkie, I think it is really important to have a travel bucket list. It acts as a map, a goal – everyone needs to know where they are going.  A bucket list also acts as a great souvenir and a long list of story prompts and adventure tales.

When you are a backpacker on a budget, a bucket list helps prioritise new destinations and allows you to decided when to splurge on something you have always wanted to do.  Did I tell you about the time I drank champagne in the Burj Al Arab, Dubai? Our last night on my 2nd RTW trip, I used my famous “we don’t do things by half” phrase and splashed out on quite a few glasses of champers in one of the most expensive hotels in the world! There is a reason why things make it on to your bucket list – they are a once in a life time experience. Seize the day. Start ticking somethings off your bucket list!  I feel so privileged that I have been to so many places, seen so many things, I am grateful for each and every experience. But I wouldn’t be a backpacker if I let my wanderlust die…

P.S. These are in no particular order, that would be asking too much!

1. Experience Rio carnival.

2.  See the Taj Mahal.

3. Swim with (wild) dolphins.

4.  Dip my toes into all the 7 seas.

5. Drive the Great Ocean Road

6. See Uluru.

7. Go on a travel adventure with my Dad ( – this one is in the works #Camino 2016!)

8. Walk the Inca Trail.

9. See the Northern Lights.

10. Yoga retreat in India.

11. Camper Van New Zealand.

12. Campervan Oz.

13. Backpack with my kids – Major Life Goal

14. Go on one more RTW trip!  (already done 2).

15. Drive Route 66.

16. Go back to Paris with my Mom.

17. See all 7 natural wonders of the world.

18. Camper van the Scottish Highlands.

19. Inter-rail Europe.

20. Work a Ski Season 

21. Work Holiday Oz

22. Working Holiday NZ

23. Working Holiday Canada.

24. Work in 7 different Countries (6 down!1 to go!)

25. Full Moon Party.

26. Tubing Laos.

27. Singapore Slings in Raffles Hotel.

28. St Patrick’s Day in Dublin (preferably with my Denise).

29. Halong Bay – Vietnam.

30. Visit Easter Island.

31. Trek the Great Wall of China.

32. Mardi Gras New Orleans & Jazz Festical

33. Angkor Wat at Sunrise. 

34. Ride a gondola in Venice.

35.  Great Barrier Reef. 

36. See the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.

37. Explore Rome. 

38. Backpack all of central and South America.

39. Pyramids in Egypt.

40. Ride the Trans Siberian Railway & trip vodka with a Russian.

41. Travel to the Arctic Circle.

42. Grand Canyon. 

43. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

44. Island hopping in Greece.

45. Hit the Vegas strip.

46. Gilli Isalnds – Indonesia .

47. Find the Leo Caprio’s ‘The Beach’ (I heard a rumour it was really in the Philippines)

48. Island Hopping in Thailand.

49.  Christmas on the beach. 

50. Shots of tequila in Mexico.

51. Skydiving.

52. Hitchhike.

53. Up Hella Festival Scotland.

54. Glastonbury Festival.

55. Drinks in the Burj. 

56. Afternoon tea at the Ritz.

57. NYE in New York.

58. NYE in Sydney.

59. Ride an elephant. 

60.  Visit Israel and Via Dolorosa. 

61. Drink gin in Casablanca and say “play it again Sam”

62. Glacier Hike – NZ.

63. Yurt Stay in Outer Mongolia.

64. Volunteer Abroad (again).

65. Visit Auschwitz.

66. Christmas Markets in Europe.

67. Climb Kilimanjaro.

68. Visit a really really remote South Pacific Island.

69. Holi Festival – India

70. Pingxi Lantern Festival – Taiwan

71. La Tomatina – Spain

That will do for now… Challenge yourself to write your travel bucket list today!

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Travel quotes to give you itchy feet!

I love travel quotes. They inspire me, motive me and mostly of all, they bring back memories. Below are some of my favourite travel quotes to get you packing your backpack or booking that ticket.  If you are saving or planing for a big trip, its always a great idea to stick a travel quote on your mirror or wall. It is great motivation when you are working hundreds of hours and saving all your money!

What’s your favourite travel quote? Can you add any to the list?

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1.  “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with our one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver

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3. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I  took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference” – Robert Frost

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5. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than the things you did, so throw off the bow lines, sail away from the safe harbour, catch the trade winds. Explore. Dream. Discover” – Mark Twain

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7. “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory” – Dr Seuss

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9. ” The great stories go to those who don’t give into fear” – Donald Miller

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11. “ I have come home at last, this is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it until now” – C.S.Lewis

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13. “At the end of the day. your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling” – Shanti

14. “Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before” – Joseph Campbell

15. “Why do you go away? So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving” – Terry Pratchett