My gaze comes back into focus; the corner of the computer screen reappears again in my peripheral vision. Recalling the ideas that had just expended far too many minutes of my day (like so many of my days), I realize my thought’s are back scheming my next adventure in a land far away. My unconcious mind takes me through a maze of ideas and opportunities. Influenced greatly by familiar stories from like-minded adventurous friends, sometimes it feels like I couldn’t possibly decide what place to visit next, with the choice being so great. This notion quickly passes…
I’m a positive kid- some might say I’m a ‘dreamer’…but I know what I want, and I know that if I work hard at it, then I’ll get it (those famous words…). I want to see the world- so that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I’m not going to get caught up on what place I visit next, as long as I get round to all the places I want to see. I’ll prioritize, sure, and I’ll do this by heading back down that neuro passageway in this brain of mine, dislodge the most recent image and idea of adventure I have there, and if it really gets my adventurous curiosity going, I’ll buy a book or two about the place and begin my researching. It shouldn’t be much more difficult than that, surely…
In saying this, I find myself a little torn between my next two destinations. If I’m so adamant I’ll get round to seeing my second choice of destination within the next 12 months, why am I getting so caught up here? Impatience…that is exactly what this is- a tedious frustration that after another month dedicated to adventure, I’ll have to wait for many more months before I can go again. This notion is rubbish. I believe some people call this the ‘travel bug’- I however call this an intolerance to hang around and wait. Patience is a virtue- one that I do not have, and so would seem, many others are short of.
So, do I make way over the Atlantic to South America, hike Machu Pichu, see the Incha Trail in Peru, and take cool photos on the Bolivian Salt Flats, or do I head over to the more familiar South east Asian world, and make way for Indonesia and check out the Hindu-like culture of Bali, and trek the volcanic island of Lomboc? Making the decision isn’t the difficult bit; I can’t wait to do them both, but that ungodly wait between each trip is enough to send my more provocative thoughts into tumult. I couldn’t possibly quit my job, and take that well over-due gap year, and see all the places I ponder over so much?…Its surprising how often I ask myself that one. One day. One day I will set of with just my ruck sack and passport, and leave the job behind me for a year or so, because, frankly, that is exactly what I deem as adventure, in its purest form. I still long for this.
But for now though, I have work tomorrow, next week and next month- plus I still need to start planning my next trip instead of spewing out all of my thoughts on to this page. Instead, I’ll leave you with some cool pics of my next coming adventures…
Bolia salt flats in wet season
Mount Rinjani, Lomboc
- The World is a Playground with Adventure Travels (travelandleisure.co.uk)
- Machu Picchu (wanderoneday.com)