Preparing for the Next Big Trip!

It’s been about 10 years since my last big trip. I remember when I finally decided on my destination: Australia ❤ Of course 6 other countries followed that one and a lot of wonderful memories were made. It was the single greatest experience of my entire life.

It all seems like a distant dream now that so much time has passed. Was it even real? Did I really live and work on Saint Kilda beach in Melbourne? Did I really take a boat tour around the islands of Figi? Did I really ride down those white water rapids in Thailand?

It happened, and it changed my life forever. I gained a deep love for traveling. I met so many amazing people who have remained my friends from afar despite the years that have passed us by. My love for travel has never diminished and my desire to explore this tiny world we live in has only burned stronger and brighter with time.

So now is the time to plan the next big trip! I’m talking about multiple countries over a long time frame in which I have to leave everything behind including my job and my loved ones.

THE NEXT BIG TRIP!

The preparations are already underway; I’ve applied for and received my brand new 10-year passport. My belongings have either been sold or donated and I now only have 3 bins to store. I’ve also received a working holiday visa as well after a lengthy application and some running around to gather all of the documents that were needed.

During my last big trip, I was able to store most of my stuff in my parent’s basement. This time around I do not have that luxury as there is talk of selling their house. Luckily, I have a handful of best friends who are more than willing to help me out with storing the things I would like to keep such as my bed, dresser, and couch. The last thing I want to do is return home to nothing and have no money. So I’ve thought many steps ahead on this decision. I packed most of my things last night and they are now ready for storage.

Worst case scenario:

I arrive in a foreign place, lose all my belongings and money somehow and have to fly straight home on Dads credit card. Not a terrible thing and at least I gave it a try.

Best case scenario:

I arrive in a foreign place and meet some amazing friends who hook me up with a job and I never return home because my new home has captured my heart forever. I will now have to watch my nieces and nephews grow up through Facebook pictures and Skype. Not a terrible thing and at least I have a computer (I have all my things in this scenario).

So where am I headed?

I’m headed to a place full of culture.

A place where you can take a train from one country to the next and relish in the various landscapes across the land.

A place that speaks many languages.

This place has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember.

Can you guess where I’m going for my next big trip?

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Good Morning Monday~My Road. My Path. My Picnic.

Good Morning Monday!!

I’ve walked along the road to nowhere
Each step I take a heavy lift
For my memories and thoughts weigh me down from time to time
Through the openings I learn to sift

The flours that bake the breads are turned
Toss the ingredients to make the mix
Bake the life with the heat on high
Random words and rhymes give me my kicks

My road is a road no one else can go
The tranquility no one else will know
My recipe is a secret just for me
The dough will rise and my footsteps will be

This path brings health and food and wealth
Colors are vibrant and my garden grows
I have my basket full of goodies
A picnic awaits as my little seeds are sown

Patience follows me down the turns and curves
With a skip in my step my goodies bounce
Once at my destination I unfold my blanket
And relish in my journeys gifts and my footstep counts

May your road bring you to your own destination 😀 A picnic for one; bountiful and rewarding xox

~T

Randoms Week Day 4: BLOG GAMES! Let’s all tell a story together :)

~Hi friends and welcome to BLOG GAMES!! This is round #4 🙂

For the last 3 days I’ve been getting to know my fellow bloggers and it’s really been fun. Interested in playing and didn’t see our first 3 rounds? Come play some games:

Game #1
Game #2
Game #3

There weren’t any players on day #2 and I’d love to hear some short stories 🙂 So jump back to day #2 OR play today’s new story game.

Today THURSDAY for our 4th game we’re ALL going to tell a story together!

You remember those games right? Sitting around in a circle playing duck duck goose or telephone as a kid… that was always a blast. There were so many games back in the day: 7 up, musical chairs, ring around the rosy, tic tac toe, hangman… what a trip down memory lane hey! 😛 And I will always remember those STORIES!!

How to play: I’ll start by writing a sentence and the 1st person to comment will write the next sentence of the story. The 2nd person to comment will follow the 1st persons comment and so on.

Let’s see what we can come up with by the end of the day 🙂

Here’s our starting sentence:

A storm was rolling in and the clouds became dark, blocking the rays of the sun while little Jimmy sat in his sandbox playing with his big yellow dump truck.

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YOUR TURN!! To continue the story write the next sentence in the comments below!