For the likeminded travel advocates out there, we’ve all read the blogs that advise us on what to pack, how to travel solo and the best places to visit. Some blogs have told us how to deal with the post travel blues or even the roller coaster that is returning home, but what about the beautiful chaos that is traveling full-time?
For the most part, every traveller is faced with similar obstacles. For instance, how am I going to pay for the next flight? Or deciding on simple luxuries like wanting the hotel room over the hostel, or the Uber ride over that 20min walk. And if you choose the hotel or the Uber, you won’t be able to skydive over the Swiss Alps. Then there’s deciding whether it is ok to miss your best friend’s wedding to go on that trek of Machu Picchu. Or having to leave a particular country by the next day due to visa restrictions and having no idea what stamp will be next pressed into your ever-increasing passport portfolio. These are all part of the adventure and generally lead to the next amazing friendship or unbelievable memory, but they are some of the real decisions that we struggle to make. I know, I know… it’s a hard life.
I’ve been travelling on and off for the past ten years. However, most recently, I have been gone from my home in Australia for nearly two years. Throughout this journey, I’ve met hundreds of influential people that have inspired me by their adventures. During this time I’ve sifted through several blog posts noticing none of them have discussed the struggle of deciding which opportunity to launch yourself into next. For example, working on a ranch for a summer in Wyoming, planting trees in rural Canada, working on super yachts in the Mediterranean, teaching English in Asia, working on the beach in Portugal or being a tour guide in Panama. Life has become so good that the plate sitting in front of you is fuller than it’s ever been. Due to various people, places and experiences, I am now faced with many opportunities. And these opportunities are all amazing, so why do I feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders trying to figure out which bite to take next? Ridiculous I know! Maybe it’s because making one decision can alter your path and change everything. Will I regret it? Will it be worth it? Will I be happy?
Right now, the plate sitting in front of me looks a little like this – my Canadian visa expires in 9 months with a few options ahead of me. I have yet to experience a Canadian summer, as I have been drawn back to working on yachts in the Med for the past two summers – where I met the beautifully, intelligent and charismatic Dani. Continuing to be a hostess on yachts has been the most incredible job I’ve ever had – hard work but equally amazing. This, however, has eaten into my two-year working holiday visa in Canada. This is where the first weight is added to my shoulder. Do I go back to a place my heart and soul craves? Or, do I embrace the Canadian summer, knowing a part of me wants to experience the light of day until 10 p.m. with a night sky filled with stars?
Weight number two is added when I look at the second portion of food on my plate – what to do once my Canadian visa expires? Again, I have two equally great opportunities, but deciding which bite to take and which to leave is the constant struggle. Do I work on sail yachts in the Caribbean where I am encouraged to integrate with guests and make decent money? Or, do I work on super yachts and make incredible money with the expectation of being seen and not heard? To some this may sound like it’s an easy decision, but for me these ‘great opportunities’ are paving the way for me to achieve bigger life goals, which seems worth the sip of wine between mouthfuls.
If you’re plate is full like mine, you’re probably wondering how to deal with the “struggle” that comes with life being too good? Well, my advice is to work out what is most important to you, what you want to achieve and why you want to achieve it. Once you’re honest with yourself you’ll have the answer.
So, as I sit here staring at my full plate still deciding which bite to take, I enjoy a sip of red wine smiling as I know my glass is half full and dessert is still to come.
A midwestern gal raised in Oklahoma & the face behind DANIYORK.com - created to share my life, loves & all the crazy in between.