Another beautifully lost dreamer with an incurable case of wanderlust.

Two Years on the Road

Two years ago today I left the UK. I, like many others, was completely sick of living a mundane life of routine and had the calling to travel. I saved like crazy, quit my job, bought my first ever backpack and got on a plane to Asia, with no set plans. Although I can remember exactly how I felt on the plane ride and I can recall every little detail from my first month away, It still feels like a lifetime ago. Two years on and I’m living in Australia, kind of doing a full loop! I’m working full time again, as I’m not yet rich enough to maintain my busy travel lifestyle while being a lady of leisure. But on the plus, I still have plenty of trips lined up raring to go!

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Looking super cool in 2012…

 

Now it’s time to be super mega cliche.

Get ready.

I don’t know if it’s because of my life experience so far or whether I’m just getting wiser in my old age, but I feel like I’ve changed for the better.

I think I am growing up. Well, a little bit at least. For a start, the hangovers are really kicking in! I think I’m becoming slightly softer on the inside (blurrrghhh, I know!) I have started to see what is really important in life. I’m learning to strip back all the superficial tosh and focus in on the people who I really care about and the ones who care about me. I’m learning that as nice as some material items can be, they are not the be all and end all; in fact, the more you have the more you seem to want. I’m learning that one of my ‘bad’ days would be an absolute dream for somebody out there, so I’m trying my best to appreciate everything that I have and not be so demanding! My priorities have been shuffled around a bit too. I’m starting to think about what I really want from life and wipe out the negativity that I am sometimes faced with. It feels so good to almost move backwards, focusing on the bits that have always been there, but may have been overlooked while living a fast paced busy life.

You may have read my recent post on perspective. My two years on the road has taught me to be empathetic and try to understand the reason somebody is being a certain way rather than just hating on them! It’s taught me that each individual on this planet is different, so I’m trying to embrace people for who they are, no matter how annoying they may be! I also have to acknowledge my behaviour, as I can be a bit over dramatic and irrational at times. I need to remember the effects this can have on the people around me and find a way to channel emotions so they are not a burden on the people I love.

I feel like I’m discovering who I am. I know this sounds really dumb, but so many of us go through life pretending to be someone we aren’t simply because we give into pressure and want to manipulate the way that people see us. We care too much about who the media thinks we should be, or who our mates want us to be. Who our boyfriends want us to be and even who our grandma’s neighbour, Betty, wants us to be. I’ve stopped trying to find and fit into a style or persona. I’m not a carefree gypsy backpacker chic nor am I a crazy festival goer, or the next Victoria’s Secret model. I’m just me, and for once, I’m totally cool with that.

Travelling has also helped me give less fraks. I give less pointless fraks about things that don’t matter and more fraks about things that do. I used to get so worked up by trivial events and now I’m letting that shet go! You must have seen Frozen? Yeah, letting shet go just like Elsa does!

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My adventure has opened my eyes (sorry about the obvious statement) and I’ve decided I want to do something that gives back to the world in some way. I’m not sure what just yet, but I’ll get there. I just feel like I’ve been so lucky in my life and I’d like to contribute something positive to somebody less fortunate.

So there you go. That’s where I’m at.

Cheers to another couple of years. Who knows where I’ll be… hopefully making that small difference in the world, whilst sipping a Pina Colada on a beach, of course!

Here are a few of my highlights from the past year…

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Check out my 1st Travel Anniversary too!

4 comments

  1. Congrats on two years of travel Sam! I can’t believe it’s been two years since we connected, just before you were beginning your trip!

    • Thanks hun! It’s crazy how long it’s been now! I hope you’re well and planning is going good! x

  2. I admire you guys that decide to live a life of travel. I dream to travel the world as well, and I know Ill get there someday. You guys are my inspiration 🙂

    • Thank you for your lovely comment. If it’s your dream, keep chasing it until it happens. You’ll get there for sure! If you ever need any advise, please let me know and I’ll be happy to help. Take care x

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