|In the last few weeks, I've been asked by many friends if I was excited, anxious or nervous about the departure date approaching rapidly. The answer was "a bit of of all of that at the same time". Let me explain more in details.|
Am I excited? Yes, I
definitely am. It's a change of life I chose to embrace and I look
forward to be on the road. It's been now close to 2 years I haven't
really travelled and explored new things... I miss that a lot and I
can't wait to be on the road.
Am I afraid? Sure I am.
Anyone about to make such a drastic change in their life has to feel
fear at some degree otherwise they don't have a pulse, because it
goes so against what we're used to. Feeling fear doesn't mean it
paralyses me as there are many levels of fears. Yes, I'm afraid of
the unknown such change represent. It's not however the same fear
as when you're not in control of the events or are being pushed in a
total new environment. Having travelled a bit in the past, I know
most of the challenges I'll face... the unknown is the duration and
not having the security of a « home » waiting for me. I
don't know how I will react to long-term travel, but I'm confident in
But I have the firm
confidence that once I'm installed in this new lifestyle, I will be
all fine. How much time will it take me to get used to the new way
of living and be comfortable? No one knows. But that was taken into
account right from the beginning in the planning of that change.
How did I plan to adapt?
I planned my pace of travelling accordingly and I made more
reasonable decisions in terms of work.
By first rushing through
Canada and Mexico, I repeat a pattern I followed in past vacations
so, it will be like a long yearly break from work. I'll still be in
a familiar context, mostly amongst cities I already know and visited.
After the first few weeks, I'll begin to adjust to the idea of
long-term travelling. It's one thing to dream of something and
living it. I don't expect much issue with acclimatisation, but I
can't be sure ahead of time.
In terms of work, I
decided to wait to get used to the lifestyle first before deciding
exactly how I will earn my living on the road. I have explored many
possibilities, and I've done some preparation work for some of those
possibilities. Instead of facing up front the new lifestyle of
travelling, cultural shock of being in a totally different
environment and at the same time having to work, I chose (because I
have that liberty) to take the time to adapt to the lifestyle fully
before making choices about work. There are some options I know for
sure I will do... but I lack material for now. I'll accumulate
material (stories and pictures) on the road. There are other avenues
I'm not sure I'll take, will depend on the pace of travel I will
settle in after Mexico.
In other words, yes, I'm
worried about lots of elements, yes, I'm excited about others... and
I don't have all the answers right now. Many of my close friends
(knowing how I like to be in control and plan) would have to re-read
that last sentence over and over to believe it. I have long-term
goals and plans, but I haven't worked all the details for now. Just
as I didn't do all the local planning I wanted to do initially for
every city I'll visit, because I want to wait and see. That will
allow me to adapt and have a richer experience.
Some others choose to mark
the change more drastically by just grabbing a backpack and hitting a
totally different culture as first destination. That might be
suitable for many, not for me... especially not with my overall