It's time. I've flirted with this long enough.

In July 2015 I quit my job. I booked a one-way ticket to Bali and the adventure began! Wise words from Danielle LaPorte come to mind: "Push. Turn up the volume. Go hard. Go harder. Re-prioritize your aches and pains. Infuse your sensitivities with courage. Tell fear to fuck right the fuck off. Devote to Done. Decide to be one of those people who pull it off."

What am I pulling off, exactly?

 Look at that cheesy, scared, excited grin! Let's do this!

Look at that cheesy, scared, excited grin! Let's do this!

An around-the-world adventure, or  "RTW" in internet speak. Longterm travel, in other words.

I've talked about longterm travel for years, but not until recently have I let the dream sink deep deep down in my soul. I don't even want to pull it off at this point. We're passed that. I need to pull it off. Full on need. There was a distinct moment when it all shifted. A moment when I realized that the fear of not doing it, the fear of regret, overpowered the fear of actually doing it. Telling stories, sharing photographs, and inspiring others to take epic leaps in their own life is all part of my journey. 

 

Declaration:

My soul needs to travel, write, and coach ambitious people to design lives they're totally in love with. It's a profound full circle: Core Desired Feelings lit my fire and got me on the open road...where I now coach from any wifi connection on Planet Earth...and help other's channel the moxie of their own Core Desired Feelings.

bam.

Soul alignment aside...logistics can be overwhelming.

Kim Dinan, author of the Life On Fire and the So Many Places travel blog, traveled around the world with her husband Brian for over three years. They developed the Travel School ecourse to help fellow wanderslusters understand the actual nitty gritty logistics of longterm travel. The course  has been a monumental watershed in my RTW planning process.

As I moved through the course, my years of dreaming and scheming suddenly felt real and entirely possible. It's easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of resources online. Travel School is the only summary I needed. It's brilliant. Think of it as your comprehensive lit review for all things travel. All the research, all the fine-tuned details, sorted out for me. Oh, the time I've saved by taking this course! Sound helpful? 


My RTW adventure wish list

Prior to my epic RTW adventure, I've visited 15 countries. It feels like a drop in the ocean compared to what I'm in for now!

The RTW wish list below is 100% fluid and ever-changing. The point is that there is power in the declaration itself. The Universe is listening. There is also power in a transparent, vulnerable process. The list is messy and unedited. It contradicts and repeats itself. It's a creative flow of energy and it's what I need to keep my momentum going. It will change and change some more and eventually, over time, it will narrow down into plane tickets and Airbnb reservations.

As of right now, this is what I dream of most: 

Location-based Adventures

I should type one word and be done: Everywhere. There is no end to this list. I must say though, I was overwhelmed with gratitude as I realized all the places I've already been. This list is a continuation of those travels and full of (mostly) brand new adventures I've yet to experience. I realize not all of my bucket list adventures are in my location-based adventures list and vice versa. It's a game of free association and categorizing uncategorizable things. Just go with it.

  • Visit every continent
  • Swim in every ocean
  • Stand on the North Pole
  • Stand on the South Pole
  • A National Geographic Expedition to anywhere
  • Scandinavia, including a pilgrimage to find my Danish and Swedish family members
  • Live in Copenhagen for whatever period of time feels like living and not visiting
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Croatia
  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • Cuba
  • Canadian Rockies
  • Australia & New Zealand
  • Easter Island - really so many islands in Melaneisa, Micronesia, and Polynesia
  • India
  • Greece
  • Bhutan
  • Nepal
  • Tibet
  • Turkey
  • Patagonia

Transportation Adventures

I assume I'll be flying most everywhere I go, but I'd also like to give myself a break from airports.

Lodging Adventures

I love Hilton points as much as the next business traveler, but it gets a bit sterile after a while. And by "a while" I mean two days.

Bucketlist Adventures

Random stuff I dream of doing that feels too big and too exciting to be listed as a mere location. These feel more like once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

  • Write for The Avid Cruiser as much as possible
  • As many UNESCO World Heritage sites as I can manage
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef (while it still exists...damn fossil fuels)
  • Skydive. Somewhere. Anywhere. As long as it's tandem.
  • At least one night on a private, remote island (I must stop watching The Bachelorette)
  • Northern Lights
  • Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
  • The Great Wall, China
  • Sleep with an Frenchman. In France. More than once.
  • Petra, Jordan
  • Taj Mahal, India
  • Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey

Logistical Considerations

My family traveled around the States a lot when I was young. I was 15 when I went abroad for the first time, with friends, to Russia. I've been exploring the world ever since in one way or another. I know myself as a traveler. I know my energy patterns. I know what puts me in the flow and makes me feel awesome, and I know what makes me tense and burns me out. Also, these considerations are so perfectly Libra...

  • Balance and alternate city trips with wilderness trips. Go go go then chill chill chill.
  • Balance and alternate guided group experiences and getting lost all on my own.
  • Balance and alternate luxury and budget experiences, from lodging to transportation to food.
  • Balance and alternate solo travel with group travel, be it friends or strangers.
  • For example: A hostel in the heart of Paris with packed days and colorful nights...then housesitting and grocery shopping in Nowhere, Norway...then a river cruise in China with guided excursions...then an Airbnb in Japan with an invitation to a friend from back home. Or my newly-acquired Italian lover. Like that.
  • Also, unplanned windows of time. This makes my palms sweat and I desperately want to color code something to calm myself down, which is exactly why I know I need to do it. For every ellipses you see in the example itinerary in the bullet above, add an undecided length of time filled with random whatever. Maybe it's additional time in the current or the next location. Maybe it's a quick stop somewhere between the two locations. Maybe it's a multiple choice game presented to readers of this site, letting you chose your own adventure with/for me. For real. The goal is space. Time. Allowing. Staying open to the magic of it all.

It all begins in September 2015!

Love + adventure,
gail