The 2019 Travel Pledge and finding a balance between work and travel.
As another year has passed and the new one has already been set in motion, I sit down to the television series Sex and The City, a glass of wine and my laptop in hand, reflecting on the year that has just passed. This is a travel pledge and finding the balance between work and travel.
I won’t go into how 2018 changed my perspective, my motivations and ambitions and this won’t be another year in review. Instead, this is my travel pledge, but a new sort of travel pledge. That’s because this girl.. right here has got herself a job, and I mean a proper job. For this year my travel pledge has evolved to balance my love of travel and my need for a career. A new chapter in my life where I somewhat settle down but still keep the buzz of travelling stirring. This is definitely something I want to explore this year through my blog, the balance between work and travel.
My top 3 Travel Pledges this year is to…
Tick a new country off my list.
My aim is to reach 40 countries by the time I’m 30. I have 5 and a half years left and 7 countries to go, I reckon I’ll do it. There’s a quote from the Dalai Lama that I love, “Once a year go someplace you’ve never been before”. I truly think that it’s so important to travel as much as possible and to experience a new place that might be outside your comfort zone. You may surprise yourself. You certainly can have a balance between work and travel by visiting a new country each year.
Keep travelling solo.
When I tell people about my solo adventures, a lot of people comment on how much they admire me and how brave I am. I wouldn’t call it brave or miraculous, for me, it’s just travelling. Why would I wait for someone to go with, when I can go now, alone. There’s a new found freedom with solo travel, it gives you this invincible energy and opportunity to do whatever you want when you’re away. More people should solo travel and be comfortable in the art of being alone. A well-recommended book is ‘What a time to be alone”, a beautifully written book. I also have a solo travel series that you should check out.
Don’t let the working world dim your wanderlust sparkle.
Wanderlust: a strong desire to travel.
From the age of six months old, I have been exploring, dipping my toes between travel and real life. I spent most of last year doing temporary work and travelling. But this year is a little different with a full-time position and only 25 days holiday, so I better make the most of it. I guess it will be pre-planned adventures this year, but I’m not going to let the chaos and routine behaviour of work-life distinguish my travelling thirst. I would love to hear from you guys, how do you balance the working world with your travel adventures?