2017 is destined to be my year; in September and October alone I am set to travel to Tuscany and Spain and I cannot wait. After a ‘travel dry spell of 5 years, my wild spirit is back in action and I am look forward to seeing where my blog takes me next. You see 5 years ago I traveled to Madeira (where my parents are from) only to discover that it would be the last time I would see my grandma again, as she sadly passed away after. It broke my heart but I knew that she was not in pain anymore but that was not the sole reason why I stopped travelling. I was stuck in a time period of depression and anxiety, while working, studying for an intense degree in English Literature, English Language and Education and Social Sciences and on top of all that had ‘poor housing scenarios’ that meant I had moved 8 times in the last 5 years. Money was tight and I had to focus on being able to afford money for rent, while overcoming a long illness.
But now here I am, finally free from constraints. I made a promise to myself that 2017 would be the year where I would travel and follow my heart, even if money was tight. After all as nomads often state themselves, you make priorities for the things in life that you want to carry out and they are completely right. I was making excuses for why I couldn’t travel when the truth is I was scared to let go. Not of ‘travel itself’ but of moving away from my fixation with money and taking the plunge to live out my dreams. Quitting my full time job was scary but it was the move I needed to tick off countries on my little bucket list of travel. From Poland to Spain, my European trek is in motion and I couldn’t be happier.
I not only said no to poor working conditions and a job that failed to support me, but I also took a plunge into the darkness to live out my dreams, because I knew that 2017 would be my year. I knew that if I stayed in my full time job, I would slowly lose myself in an ‘inevitable game of cat and mouse’ where we were the mice or puppets of the ‘fat cats’ who churned out tasks for us to do, played with our emotions and were unappreciative of how much time and effort we had invested into the company. They didn’t listen to us, nor did they particularly care whether we were well or not, in their eyes working was about greasing the cogs and generating as much profit as possible. It wasn’t authentic and we were mere players in a much larger game than we could ever comprehend. Becoming my own boss might mean that money is tight and that I have to prioritize what to spend money on but at least now I can be free to work on my own terms and make my own mistakes.
As a young girl, I had dreams that I would be an avid traveler, drifting into unknown terrains and coming back with stories to tell my friends and family. But somehow my dream to travel the world has started far later in life than I had planned. You see, despite being born in the UK, I was not made a British Citizen until I was 16, due to my ex stepmum E destroying my passport and birth documentation to prove that I was born in the UK. This meant that I had years of trying to get an Eu Card first of all, which allowed me to travel to Madeira- as that was my ‘birthright’ and nowhere else, which made travelling abroad almost impossible. When I was eventually granted a ‘British Citizenship’ , I traveled to Sweden and Madeira for ‘family events’ but I have not traveled to any other countries since. Well that is all about to change; in the latter part of this year I have one week in Tuscany, Italy, two days in Valencia, Spain and a possible trip to Poland with my friend Mal, whose from Poland originally.
While three countries in a year is nothing in comparison to most bloggers, who sometimes travel to that many in a week, it marks the start of a new beautiful chapter for me. I can explore the world with my friends and share beautiful experiences with the people that I love most. I can gain insight into new cultures and try new cuisines. Best of all I can learn from others and become a better person in the process. I have heard that travel means different things to different people so what does it mean to me? Travel is a spiritual journey through expanses of time that create ‘alternative realities’ that cease to exist in our worlds. Take Madeira for example; a Portuguese island where my biological parents are from, it is an ‘alternative reality because their society is built up of an older population with stories to tell, life is slow, but tourism is rampant, nature fights against modern day urbanization and even now with its increased popularity as a holiday destination, the remnants of its rural origins still remain prevalent.
Travel is a world away from my reality in London and I cannot wait to see what my adventures will bring to me and my readers. For everyone who has been supporting me through my blogging journey, thank you readers for always believing in me and for giving me the chance to live out my dreams. Without you, none of this would be possible and I would have never had the confidence to go travelling or quit my full time job without your love and support. I am so excited to see what the future holds and if you have any travel recommendations for someone who is obsessed with history, street art and nature then feel free to throw recommendations my way!
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