Last year, I made a commitment to myself that I would travel solo for my birthday. Finally, I mustered up the courage to take my first solo trip and to a new continent. I looked at my bucketlist (yes, I have one) and it said “travel to 2 new continents this year”. After extensive research, I pulled the trigger to go to Europe and decided on Portugal – which turned out to be pretty awesome!
It only made sense to continue this tradition for as long as I can, and this year, I will be spending my birthday in another country, Colombia. It has always been on my wish list, so I decided to make this wish come true – yup, I’m my own fairy godmother 😉 It’s kinda cool because it’s my own personal new year, I get to reflect on the past year and look forward to another year of memories and experiences.
Last July, I got to ring in my birthday with my Aussie bud, Ryan, on the streets of Bairro Alto in Lisbon, Portugal. Drinking sangria and caipirnhas, taking a power nap before heading to the airport for my early flight home to Toronto. This year, I get to spend it reflecting and celebrating in Cartagena, Colombia. Pretty sweet deal, I’d say.
I’ve been really blessed with travel this past year. I started it off in Portugal solo travelling and meeting awesome friends like Andrea and Ryan, spent time in Vancouver and Calgary while getting an opportunity to hang with an old friend, went on a trip of a lifetime to the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador where I had some crazy, fun and unforgettable experiences while also meeting some pretty solid friends like Kim and Meri, pleasantly surprised by hiking the beautiful bad lands of South Dakota & meeting Top Chef dessert winner in Sioux Falls, ate my way through NYC, got to stay with Kim who gave me the real Jersey Shore experience (classy not trashy) and now, I’m off to the country I’ve always wanted to visit, Colombia.
Instead of worrying about getting a year older, and looking at the mistakes or missed opportunities in the past year. It makes more sense to shift the focus to another year ahead filled with adventure, travel and learning from the past.
Solo travel is one of the most exciting and life altering experiences an individual can partake in. It is never too late to start making your own traditions. Experience travel the way you want, on whatever date you’d like, doing whatever you want, when you want. We all need excuses to pull the trigger, so whether it’s a festival, time of year or bucketlist item.. take it upon yourself to make those dreams a reality. I saw a quote on a piece of canvas a little while ago, which said, “Life isn’t supposed to be endured, Life is supposed to be enjoyed” and it’s so true. Do you really want to be the person who looks back on their life to say, “I remember that time I almost went to…..”? I certainly don’t.