As I sit here writing this, I see my reflection on the laptop screen fading in and out and my thoughts drift back to two years ago.
I was embarking on the trip of a lifetime, literally.
My babi had asked me to travel around the world with him in 80 days.
Me of all people?
He was sponsored to go around the world to find the inspiration to create his next album. Lucky him!
So, these are the cities that we chose to visit (in that order):
To think I was going to say no, is a joke.
But I was.
Mainly, because I didn’t think I would be able to get the time off work or that my mum would miss me too much.
But I did.
This was one of the best decisions I made in my life and if I am honest with myself, this trip caused me to start questioning the direction of my life and resulted in me doing what I am doing today; writing!
Travelling for me has always been the great true love of my life.
Travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.
I am loyal and constant in my love for other loves.
I feel about travel the way a happy new mother feels about her sometimes impossible, restless newborn baby – I just don’t care what it puts me through.
Because I adore it. Because it’s mine.
Travelling is one of the greatest ways to open our mind, to help broaden our imagination to beyond what our limits once were and teaches us the life skills that no school, degree or manual ever can!
It is not enough to explore a country and simply tick off all of the main sights or to take a selfie in front of the Empire State Building so that all of your Facebook friends have proof that you were indeed there.
Instead, we must transform ourselves from a tourist into a traveller by immersing ourselves into the sights, sounds and smells of everything around us.
This trip made my eyes that much wider and my heart that much bigger, learning more about myself and my relationship, whilst strengthening both.
During the never-ending flights from one continent to another, I would often drift deep into my own thoughts.
Although I had travelled many of these cities for the first time, I am already so excited to travel them again and see the things that I missed the first time around.
I’m excited to put our phones down for a while and put everything on hold, commitments, decisions, work and worries and be transported into the bigger picture of life where we are but tiny stars in a big black world, all trying to shine as brightly as we can.
It took me this trip to fully realise the extent to which I absolutely enjoy exploring other cultures.
To Suliaman, there was no one else that I would have rather experience this with, we learnt a lot about ourselves, each other and life, we laughed a lot and grew a lot.
And of course thank you for fully sponsoring me on this trip, I hope that one day I will be able to repay you in epic trips around the world, all expenses covered 🙂
Have you guys ever been in a situation where you have had to choose between a fantastic opportunity and your everyday life? No doubt it was tough! What did you choose? Would love to hear from you.
For now, farewell, as we are about to miss our flight.
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