By: Jonathan from Montreal, now living in Mexico City
|Camino de Santiago|
I lifted my head only to be surrounded by thin plastic wall dividers that reduced my view of the outside world. It was at that moment that I listened to the voice inside me, “I’m done”.
I’ve always loved to travel. I began to realize this back in college when I applied to study abroad in Paris for a semester. Little did I know that it would be enough to spark my love of travel. Now, I needed to be a traveler again. My new goal was to save up enough money to make it happen. At the time, I lived at home, which made it easier to save. It would take $10,000 to get me around the world and build memories of a lifetime.
Finally, the day came where I reached my goal. I walked into my boss’s office and told him exactly how I felt. The job was just not for me. After two years of being a Sales Consultant, I had had enough. My boss asked for a four-week notice. This request suited my timetable. I purchased my one way ticket to Paris for $454.19 and left three days after my last day of work.
As soon as I clicked “confirm” to book my flight, I felt a sense of relief, a weight lifted off my shoulders. I was finally doing it. There was no turning back now. I bought a 32 litre backpack and filled it with the bare essentials. Two t-shirts, two pairs of pants (which converted into shorts), five pairs of underwear, four pairs of socks, and standard toiletries. With that, I was ready for the greatest adventure.
People travel differently. My objective was to rip through as many countries as I could, rather than spend a bunch of time visiting one country. In short, I traveled from Montreal, Canada to Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Egypt, India, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Western Australia before heading back to Montreal, Canada.
My two cents:
· Memorable Cities in Western Europe: Finisterre, Granada, Luzern, Interlocken, Marseille, Prague, and Munich (purely for Oktoberfest)
· Memorable Cities in Eastern Europe: Budapest, Split, Dubrovnik, Krakow, Belgrade
· Egypt: The oldest place with the greatest history
· Nepal: The best value of anywhere I travelled given mountainous scenery and cost
· Thailand: Awesome beaches (Ko Lanta in particular)
Many people respond to my travels by saying, “Oh you’re so lucky” or “What I wouldn’t give to do that.” In life, there are talkers and doers. I promised myself that if I decided to do something, I would take action and make it happen. Now I am back to reality, after what I can only describe as the experience of a lifetime.
If you have any travel questions please feel to ask. I am in no way a travel guru but hopefully I can steer you in the right direction (email@example.com).