Planting the seed for the next adventure

There’s been many a time, after staying put for longer than usual, that the thought of taking a holiday or extended adventure just seems far too remote and an unlikely possibility in the near future (for God’s sake, say it isn’t so!). I know, what a sad thought. Not having something to look forward to tends to blur the days together and the pages are falling off the calendar without you noticing. What it’s August already?? Last time I checked it was Tuesday. Fuck.

Standing out from the crowd

How do you show your face to the world, especially when you’re face with different situations and in front of different and unfamiliar people? Are you beast mode extrovert? Or perhaps an introvert that does an excellent impression of a piece of furniture? You probably wear the same face no matter where you are or who you’re with. But do you though?

Expectation, the silent killer

Just like the picture above, beware expectation. This could be full beer left behind by an inebriated patron, or a full glass of warm urine (and if memory serves, a testament to my aim and nefariousness).   As far as travel is concerned, there is nothing more disappointing and heartbreaking than having that trip, the…

Motivation Monday

This morning was a difficult one. I’m generally up and about before 6 am every day, whether it’s a week day or weekend. Today was a little harder, coming off a day drinking beer and putting in the kilometers on foot walking around the city. It was a sunny day and there was no way…

I’m sorry sir, but you suffer from a serious case of FOMO

It’s not in medical journals and (probably) won’t lead to cancerous growths or shortened life expectancy. Physical manifestations in the patient express themselves as anxiety, excessive phone usage, and a propensity for always saying yes no matter the occasion or consequences.

When the music stops

What happens when the music stops? Traveling place to place, always on the move. New sights, new sounds, new people. Being employed is a distant memory and stretching every dollar is both creative and crucial to survival and the purchase of the next beer. Your belongings are being constantly added to, subtracted from and reevaluated when it…

So, you come here often?

You arrive at a hostel, scan the surroundings, then claim your room/bunk/floor space. There’s a few people in the common area chatting in groups of two’s and above. Once your overdue for a wash belongings are stowed,  just sit there and read a book and see if the party comes to you. Nope. Ok fine,…

A mind of your own

Have you ever been listening to a song and been instantly transported to an earlier time? Or perhaps when you’re having a meal, your mind wanders half a world away? That last mojito you ordered suddenly has you reminiscing of a loud, steamy night in Thailand. The brain is not something to be underestimated. It has an uncanny habit of connecting sensory inputs to temporal situations, taking you on unexpected mental adventures when something rings the proverbial bell. Iggy Azalea recently took me back to a snowy winter in the Japanese mountains. Thank you Iggy.

What type of traveler are you?

I think we all have an internal opinion and perception of what sort of traveler we are. This sometimes runs contrary to reality. For me, I like to think I’m an outgoing, easy to get on with, up for anything adventurer. From time to time I take time to do a reality check though. I have come to notice I’m not always living up to my internal narrative. Yes I get annoyed when a backpacker takes it upon himself to bust out the ukulele and appoint himself master of ceremonies (you know who I’m talking about). What happened to easy going there? I rock up at a hostel and proceed to talk to nobody and wait for somebody to invite me to have a drink with the group. I thought I was outgoing?

Quality vs. Quantity

This is a constant battle. Do I save up all of my allotted time off, or even quit my job, and go on an extended walkabout? Or do I go on mini getaways, taking the time to soak in one destination at once while remaining employed? I know a starting point for me is identifying what I want to get out of a trip (and how much I value my job). I can tell you from experience, both these options are great choices, as long as you are honest with your motivations and expectations of what you need from each trip. Being honest with yourself is not always as easy as expected.

Sunday thoughts – Make the Change

Some days I wake up and something isn’t right. Am I forgetting something? Is there something I should be doing? What has got me feeling this way? I sit with these feelings, and continue doing that, just sitting. I watch TV, I play games, I read something, I learn something. Still, a feeling of restlessness. I’ve got free time to spend as I will, but I have an appetite for something I can’t always articulate. Does this ring any bells?