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?
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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!
We all find ourselves stuck in a rut from time to time. Going to work five days a week, coming home and passing out at 9pm because you’re so god damn tired. Weekends are full of paperwork and errands you have to run. Some of us even have to continue working over the weekend. The majority of people around me keep telling me that that’s just how life turns out once you start a full-time job.
That’s just not okay for me. I simply cannot and will not settle for this. Even if you are not like me and crave to find yourself in the work you do, I still feel that a little adventure never hurt nobody. So let’s make a pact to find excitement in our everyday lives! Here are my go to tips if you feel stuck in the life you lead:
1. Simply EXPLORE
This can be your neighbourhood, the city that’s just around the corner or a place that’s worth a weekend away. You often don’t need neither tons of money nor time to find a little adventure in life. Go for a walk or take a shopping spree in a city you’ve never visited before. Trust me, you’ll feel so refreshed and full of energy. It always inspires me most to go to a place that’s super different from where I live and just observe the local people.
2. Learn a new skill
Whether that’s a new language, a handicraft or something entirely different. Find a hobby! Something that you can look forward to and that sparks your interest. This year I decided to up my game when it comes to photography.
3. Try new food
Never had Lebanese food before? Scared of challenging your taste buds too much? Don’t worry. If you don’t like it, you’ll never have to eat it again. But not trying it is such a waste! You might discover that you love spicy food after all or simply be inspired to alter your cooking style!
4. Just be a little adventurous
Change your clothing style, switch to a new perfume, try out new activities or find a new workout routine. This can be anything that makes you feel better and brings a smile to your face in everyday life.
…there are tons of things you can do to find adventure in the ordinary. Even if you’re just running an errand the street you run along every day. Take a moment, breathe deeply and look up. You might discover sights you’ve never noticed before!
As I recently accepted a full-time job, I often hear people around me exhaling sighs, probably being relieved that my adventurous way of living is finally over. Well, think twice. If you understand my being then you know that my unwavering urge to explore will never fade. Currently, I seek and and find adventures in the everyday things, hidden away behind our lazy glares around the places we’ve always known and grown so accustomed to.
My eyes will never get tired of the sun rising when I get up early in the morning to start my commute to work. I will always break into a smile when my oh-so-familiar home turns up in the street, standing proudly amongst the other houses in my neighbourhood, so filled with laughter and love. I am always grateful for the all-consuming hugs of people I’ve known and loved my whole life, welcoming me into their worlds and sharing their lives with me.
Having an office job like I do leaves you chained to a chair, desk and laptop for eight hours straight five days a week. At the end of each week my body feels sore from being stuck in the same unnatural position. The human body is not made to stay in one place, we are made to move and constantly roam. So every time I truly welcome the arrival of each weekend, leaving me space to breathe and time to explore my immediate surroundings.
I never thought that one day I’d be grateful to live in a small town that’s surrounded by nature. But now nature keeps me sane. One of my favourite activities each weekend is to grab a coffee, get out of the house and go for a stroll. Preferably with my dear friend Marina and her dog Emmi. Following a dog around make you realize what a pleasure getting your body in motion can evoke in you.
I truly cherish my venturesome spirit and living a life where everything I encounter is an adventure that I have yet to uncover. It is a true blessing to find pleasure in the small things around you.
Well, I can’t deny it anymore. I am a soon-to-graduate master’s student in Global Communications Management. Our graduation ball is over and the dissertation madness has already kicked in. More and more people approach me with the same question all over again: “So, what are you going to do once you graduate?”. I answer with a shrug, mostly replying that the world is my oyster and I would go anywhere. Sounds like the perfect situation, ha? It is, but it is also pretty terrifying. Going anywhere means being on your own. Sure, you will meet new people and explore new places but that is not always easy. Settling in to a new culture, trying to make friends outside your work and making an often very foreign place your home.
As scared as I am and as much as I might be peeing my pants, that is what I am longing for. I have often asked myself whether I should just go home and take some time off before the next adventure. A little recharging from all the stress and building up the courage to leave again. Yet another time of organising a life in a place where I’ve most probably never been, another set of goodbyes, spending the last days at home with nervousness and then finally taking off again.
Or, why not stay put where I am right now? I am pretty sure there are loads of opportunities just waiting around the corner. Could be a safe and easy option! To be honest, the sheer thought of that makes me itchy. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever be able to settle down somewhere. When will this life of exhaustion combined with a constant urge to move and explore diminish? I RELISH this life but it often makes your life challenging. YAY, you moved to a new place and you can’t wait to explore. And then everyday life kicks in. All you want is to put your feet up and watch a movie. Which is okay! But when you make that decision to sacrifice a lot of things to move abroad you feel you have to make that worthwhile. So you constantly feel restless in your home caused by the oh-so-popular fear of missing out.
But, in the end I just feel blissful. I am lucky and blessed having the privilege to live this life.
I know everything will turn out even better than I could have ever imagined. My past adventures have taught me that these kinds of times are often the perfect opportunities to find something better, something that wouldn’t have ever crossed my path otherwise. It’s humbling to know how big the world is and how many opportunities could be waiting out there. None of it is out of your reach though, after all, the world is a tangible place and those who are brave enough can explore it to its most secluded corners.