Today’s article is a bit different compared to usual!
For me, 2019 was an awesome year. At the beginning of April, my girlfriend and I quit our jobs and started traveling the world. We are going back home at the beginning of March.
Where are we?
We’ve been on the road for almost 9 months, traveling through Central and South America. So far we’ve visited: US, East Canada, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Argentina.
Currently cruising through beautiful Chile! We got 2 months left to see Patagonia and work our way back up to Buenos Aires, where the trip ends.
Screenshot of our trip so far! I highly recommend using Polarsteps to track your trip.
We saved some money and got to the point where normally you get a loan, buy a house, have kids, and work hard for the rest of your life to pay off your debt.
You use that money and go travel for a year! Yeah, the choice wasn’t a hard one.
A lot of new experiences
In this year of traveling, I did and saw some amazing things. In a lot of cases, those experiences were completely new for me! For most people, doing things that are unknown is scary and something we avoid. I’m no exception to that rule.
That’s something this trip has been really helpful for. I did more new things in the last couple of months than in my whole life.
The lesson that I learned: exploring new challenges is amazing! Nothing to be scared about. Have a look at all my ‘first-timers’:
- I started this awesome blog
- I started selling a product on Amazon (remember: I’m a physiotherapist…)
- We visited 2 of the 7 world wonders: Chichen Itza and Machu Picchu
- First time on a horse, even did a short canter
- Climbing a volcano and seeing live eruptions
- Wild water rafting level 5
- Running off a cliff and paragliding over it
- Multi-day open ocean sailing trip
- Getting robbed (first time for everything, right?)
- Climbing above 5000 meters/16404.2 Ft
- Multi-day trekking in the mountains
- Catching a wave on a surfboard
And so many more things. Needless to say, it has been an amazing journey so far!
Still not convinced to go on a trip? Maybe some pictures of our trip will tip you over the edge:
When was the last time you did something for the first time?
Meeting new people
We were surprised to see so many travelers doing something similar to us. Saving up money, getting on a plane, and having an awesome trip around the world.
We’ve met people of all ages and all sorts of backgrounds. Young, old, solo, couples, groups, students, bikers, cyclists, and so many more. It’s amazing to hear other people’s travel stories.
It’s also really interesting to see how local people live. Going to the local ‘mercado’ gives you a big insight into their daily routine. Now, we realize even more what a big contrast in living standards there is. It’s humbling to have a look at some people’s lives. They go by with almost nothing and still look the happiest persons on this planet.
In 2 months, we’re going back home. Back to searching a job, and picking things up where we left them. But I’m sure that the experiences we’ve had these past months, will steer our lives in a different direction.
In February, we’re going to attend a 10-day Vipassana silent retreat. Vipassana is an old form of meditation from India. Essentially, your day consists of meditating, eating, and sleeping. In those 10 days, you can’t have any contact with anybody except the teacher. No talking, no touching, no reading, no phone, and even no eye contact!
It’s going to be a real challenge, but I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll keep you guys updated!
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