It has officially been almost six months since I landed in Canada (that is half a year… for the record) after embarking on one of the most life changing adventures I could have asked for. It hasn’t been easy, this whole ‘adjusting’ back into ‘real’ life thing and I am not sure if I am there yet but I have survived… I think.
A friend, a fellow traveler (who also suffers from wanderlust) posted on my Facebook wall that she could feel my ravenous wanderlust from wherever she was. It must be all of the daily links I share, my old photos, and my whiney status updates regarding travel… I just can’t help it.
I am going to share the ways in which I have survived being in my hometown for almost six months (other than a road trip to Chicago and a family vacation to Mexico).
Okay, so I actually don’t really love either of my jobs… I don’t really feel like they give my life meaning but I need to make money so I can get back out in the world. It has also kept me really busy, which is a good thing.
2. FRIENDS & FAMILY
When I am not busy with work I have been catching up with my closest friends (the ones who aren’t living in other provinces or countries). It has also been nice to spend time with my family, especially Christmas. I have a very supportive family and I don’t know what I would do or where I would be without their love and support.
3. WRITING & BLOGGING
I have started writing this blog. I have found it extremely therapeutic to write about my adventures and passion as well as join an online community where I can read about other people’s adventures. It keeps me motivated and gives me ideas for future travels. It also makes me feel like I am a part of something important. Here are some of my favourite travel blogs:
4. PLANNING FOR FUTURE TRAVEL
I am constantly online looking up flights, budgeting, figuring out travel paths, looking at supplies, reading books, reading articles, and watching videos. Here are some of my favourite articles & videos:
20 Things I Learned From Traveling Around the World
You Don’t Have To Be Rich In Your 20s
Young and Restless: The Modern Day 20-Something
The 16 Reasons You Need To Drop Everything Right Now And Travel
Time is Nothing // Around the World Time Lapse
Journey of Dreams
Philippines Travel Log
Corona Live Mas Fina
5. FOCUSING ON SOMETHING ELSE
Instead of ONLY focusing on travel related things (which is hard when you’re obsessed), I also focus a lot on health. I have been on a weird food journey for the last year and a half, trying to find what works for me and it takes a lot of my attention too. Do I go vegan? Do I go vegetarian? What’s a pescetarian? I think that’s me right now… Do I juice cleanse? Shop organic? It is a freakin’ battle.
6. UNEXPECTEDLY… I MET SOMEONE AWESOME
Although it was the last thing I expected or really wanted, I have met someone incredible who I spend a large portion of my time with. He supports me, he is passionate, he is open-minded. We share a lot of the same thoughts and opinions on the world. I feel really very lucky to have him in my life and I can’t wait to travel with him in the near future. It turns out maybe the timing was better than I thought.
7. STAYING POSITIVE
This is hard for me to preach because this past winter has been one of the hardest I have ever had to deal with. Here in Canada, we have officially had the worst winter we have had in years, constant snow storms and extremely cold temperatures. It has made me (and probably a lot of other people) really depressed. It has been hard but deep down inside I have tried to stay positive. I know I am where I need to be right now, I need to make money. I know things will work out eventually… a negative attitude will only drag more negative things into your life and it isn’t worth it.
8. BEING ADVENTUROUS AT HOME
What I mean by this is that I have been more interested in exploring different areas around me. Before I spent a year living and driving in Australia, I refused to drive in Toronto. Since I have been home I have realized there is so much in Toronto to explore and I have driven many times to do all sorts of things. I have also become somewhat of a regular at an Indian restaurant in a surrounding city, stuff I never did before.
We all know that music soothes the soul, do I even need to go into details? I have been on a mission, finding and downloading a ton of new music… yes that includes country (don’t judge me – I love it). Music really does change my mood and motivate me to do more.
10. LASTLY, CONTEMPLATING LIFE
I am constantly thinking about life, mostly my life… what kind of job I will have… if I will have a job? Where will I live? Will I ever have kids? I don’t know these things and it scares me. I often feel like I am really different from my friends and most people I know with how I view life and it is frustrating but I have also realized that is the beautiful thing about life. The exciting part about life is the unknown. When I think about this concept it helps me to not worry about whether I am on the right track or not… it motivates me to keep doing what I love and that is obviously travel.