Holding on to my gypsy soul.

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So here’s the story: I just arrived in the UK a few days ago, my first real trip abroad this year. Already having felt a bit overwhelmed with work and social activities, I wasn’t feeling too organised either.

Despite my usual habits, I only packed my bags two or three hours before I had to leave for the airport. Those of you who know me, will know that I love to be organized when it comes to traveling. I love to have my affairs in order way before I have to leave. It’s not a thing of being anxious when it comes to traveling, it’s more that I enjoy the excitement of an upcoming trip so much that I find utmost joy in writing packing lists, raiding travel guides and buying all the bare necessities.

And being someone who usually hops onto a plane 5-6 times a year at least, I’ve become really good at it. I can literally organize a trip to the other side of the world in the blink of an eye.

Having started my first real corporate job this year, I feel like I kind of lost this ability. It’s already the middle of the year and I have only done two tiny trips to the Netherlands and Dresden. No plane, no other continent, no nothing.

So going on this trip actually turned out to be exciting for me. And how did I find out that I didn’t travel enough this year yet? When I arrived at my friend’s house in Cardiff, I nonchalantly wanted to plug in my computer but realized that I didn’t take an adapter. Having lived here for a year, you assume that I know that. To be honest, I didn’t even consider bringing an adapter once. It wasn’t on my well-thought out packing list or in my suitcase.

That’s how badly I need to travel again. Luckily, there are a few adventures coming up – either only on my agenda or already planned and booked.

Get out there any just do it!

Today I would like to introduce you to one of my new favourite TED talks given by Mel Robbins, motivational and keynote speaker and creator of the 5 second rule. Let’s start with a quote from the talk:

“When you feel stuck or dissatisfied in your life, it’s a signal. And it’s not a signal that your life is broken, it’s a signal that one of your most basic needs are not being met – your need for exploration. Everything about your life, about your body grows – everything grows for your entire life. Your soul needs exploration and growth. The only way you’ll get it is by forcing yourself to be uncomfortable. Forcing yourself to get outside, out of your head.” 

With this Mel is telling you that if you have an idea, how stupid it may appear or how infeasible it sounds, do it! But don’t think about it too much. You only have five seconds until your comfort zone steps in and forces you to rather cuddle up in bed and stay where you are.

There are many ideas that can’t be accomplished or even started in five seconds but if you just cling to the idea and start imagining it come to life, you’ve already overcome most of your doubts and inner fears.

Thinking about moving abroad? Hell yeah, why not give it a real thought! Deliberating whether to change your career entirely? Get online or talk to your friends and family to figure out options. Our lives are not meant to be lived in a rut. If you hate having the same kind of routine day in and day out, do something about it! Small changes can alter your whole perspective on life. Take a different route to work, have cereal instead of toast, talk to colleagues you haven’t ever chatted with before. It’s about those small and almost unnoticeable changes that really make an impact in your life and how you perceive it.

If there’s anything you don’t want to do to get you just one step closer to what you really want to achieve, get out there and just do it.

 

The somewhat different travel guides

You know I’m a big fan of Lonely Planet. In my opinion, their travel guides are almost as comprehensive as travel guides can get, being the perfect companion for whatever trip you’re about to plan. I recently discovered that Lonely Planet not only publishes the regular destination travel guides but books that dig way deeper. Here’s what I found:

Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List

It’s a list of the 500 most thrilling, memorable and downright interesting places on this planet. These are the places that the authors think you should experience; sights that will humble, amaze and surprise you. They’ll provoke thoughts, emotions or just an urgent need to tell someone about them.

Tales from Nowhere

Many places can feel like nowhere: a desert, an isolated village, even the middle of a bustling city. And then something happens: an adventure, a revelation, an experience that changes the whole landscape. The richly varied stories in this book all celebrate and illuminate one simple truth: if we embark on each adventure with an open heart and an open mind, travel will take us to places we never planned to go, and enrich and enlighten us in ways we never otherwise would have known.

Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Travel Tips

Packed with trade secrets, this book will help you have a better, safer, cheaper trip. The aim with this guide is to pass on universal advice that you can take with you wherever in the world you go, and whatever budget you travel at.

Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing

Well this is a hint – if you ever need a gift for me, this is what you should get! Written by a pre-eminent travel writer and bursting with invaluable advice, this inspiring and practical guide is a must for anyone who has ever yearned to turn their travels into tales.

Happy: Secrets to Happiness From Cultures of the World

Happiness. One word, nine letter, roughly seven billion definitions, one for each person on the planet. The book shares the planet’s lessons on youth, old age, love, death, work and family. The title features fascinating insights into how happiness is created in different cultures.

“Bravery” and Other Myths of Living Abroad

In this post I will be quoting the lines of an article that nails it to the point and that speaks from my heart. It is for those people taking the wheel, living their own lives and those that are not afraid to live the life they always imagined – sometimes the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to, it’s not for them.

When it comes to embarking into the unknown, luck has nothing to do with it. So this is my message to all of those who have ever told me that they wish they could do what I’m doing, that they aren’t brave like me – if only they could have the confidence to travel and live abroad! My response is this: You can, but when it comes down to it, I’m betting you don’t really want to. Because those who you really want to travel abroad, they will travel abroad. Traveling abroad is more accessible than ever, and a person who yearns for adventures and new experiences that come from setting off will make it a priority. 

If life’s priorities are building a prestigious career, building up a saving’s account, or starting a family with roots, cheers. If life’s priorities involve plane tickets, new experiences, or learning a language, salute. But the latter do not want to hear from the former that they have more luck or more bravery. We have chosen our priorities, just as you have chosen yours, there is no right or wrong, there is no lucky or unlucky, and both groups have worked hard to get where they are. 

Recognize your priorities, follow them and own them, and I will congratulate you on making your dreams come true as you can congratulate me on mine.” 

Some of these words may sound a bit harsh to you but I know for a fact that those that call themselves wanderers, roamers, nomads or the like face much more criticism for their lifestyle than those that have a house with a white-picket-fence, two children and a dog. So this is us speaking up for ourselves – no criticism intended.

Inspired by Verge Magazine

The World Wanderers Podcast

Tired of reading through my blogposts? You don’t have time to properly get educated about the beauty of travel or are in serious need of some distraction during your morning commute?

I have the ultimate solution for you: The World Wanderers Podcast! A weekly podcast run by two Canadians, Amanda and Ryan. I had the pleasure of meeting Amanda in person while traveling through Alberta, Canada last July.

Amanda and Ryan describe themselves as 20 something’s with a passion for travel, living live to the fullest and finding happiness in all corners of the world. Sounds familiar? Yep, that’s how I also tend to describe myself. So if you like my blog you’ll LOVE the podcast.

In 2014, the two wanderers decided to leave their “big kid jobs” and dedicate their lives to traveling, their first stop being South America. Since then they live and breathe an insatiable urge to travel and share their experiences with us. Travel has changed and impacted them in a positive way, has forever shaped the way they see the world and last but not least, while traveling they have managed to discover what it means to be truly happy.

To end with their very own words: Join them as they explore, learn, grown and seek happiness through travel and adventure!