Last April, all I wanted to do was take a trip around the world. For weeks, it was all I could think about. This has been a dream of mine since I first discovered that one could actually take a trip around the world, but plans of taking one didn’t start in 2011. Then in 2013, I saw it as a reality for 2014.
In my head, I wanted to take a leave of absence from work and head out on my own from January until the end of summer, heading back to work in September. Unfortunately, the details behind my crazy scheme just didn’t work out, so I thought my dream of a trip around the world for this year would have to be put off. To say I was disappointed is an understatement.
But, then, slowly plans for the year started to unfold. It started with the Mongol Rally and grew from there. I was already flying from New York to England, then driving to Mongolia, why not extend the trip from there?
I started looking up options home from Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, and found flying relatively expensive. In looking at other options of getting home, I discovered the train to Beijing. It got me thinking, what if I took the train to Beijing and either flew home from there, or extended my trip to Bali and Australia? Plans for a trip around the world began to unfold without planning one.
If I was starting off in England and flying home from Beijing or Australia, I was taking a trip around the world. My plans for taking an around the world trip had worked out, without me thinking that it would happen this year.
It’s not the trip I was planning in direction or length, but it’s still reaching a travel goal that I have been hoping to reach for a while now. It’s so funny how things work out perfectly, even when you don’t plan it. Maybe in a few years, I can take a longer trip, but I am just so excited to be seeing so much of the world this summer.
It just proves that you don’t always need a lot of time to see the world. People take years to travel, and while slow travel is ideal, right now in my life, I don’t have the time. Instead, I am taking the time I do have and putting it to good use. I am using it to see as much of the world as I can, even if I have to do it in a little over a month’s time.