We were sitting in the back of a van leaving the Merrell Headquarters. I was buckled in the middle seat, you know, the one that typically goes to the smallest child.
I said, "So, you're traveling to Scotland?"
"Yes, it's my second time there and I am so excited," she said.
Savannah is 30 years old and I wanted to ask all the obvious questions like, "What about a job?" "Can we just do that - just go?" "Where do you store your stuff while you're gone?" "Are you single?" "How does your family feel about this?" "Do you have connections over there?"
I kept all those questions to myself and instead just nodded and said, "That's amazing, I'd love to do that... again," I said.
Because, for those of you who know me, traveling overseas isn't necessarily something new to me. I traveled to South Africa for 7 months, to Tanzania for one month, to Belgium, to England, to France and Peru (twice).
"You should go," she said.
I looked around at the others in the car like, "You hear this girl?"
"I'd love to, I'm just at an odd position in life because my dream career is just starting... and I want to grow my business but I also love traveling and don't ever want that to stop," I said.
"Opportunities will always be there," she said.
"Who says you can't grow your business while you're traveling?" she added.
I just sat there, stupefied, like, why hadn't I had this realization on my own?
And then she added one final comment, "Once you stop doing what you feel you should do and start doing what you really want to, it'll be an easier decision."
I flew back to Sun Valley, ID and pondered her comments for the next three months. And then, I booked a one-way ticket to Greece.
I also moved to Boise in that time to experience Boi-see life. I had extreme amounts of anxiety before leaving Sun Valley because, I don't know, what if I'm making the wrong decision or I won't like it or the traffic will be too hectic or I might get robbed or I might just hate it or I won't know anybody (again), or I will just be unhappy because humans tend to get unsatisfied with life and fall unhappy even with the greatest blessings right in front of them.
Well, all of those things were false ideas. I truly love living in Boise and building a larger client base for copywriting. But I still have great desires to travel and experience different cultures. And not just visit tourist destinations, take a few photos and hop back on my return flight. I want to actually experience Greece. So, I booked a ticket.
If I'm honest, I'm slightly terrified to be traveling to Greece with no other plans than to just live la vita bella.
But, it's what I want to do. I can't stop thinking about it. It consumes my thoughts. I just want to see the world, experience new cultures and maybe one day write a novel about all of it.
Sometimes, I think I should be having more normal thoughts like, "I want to get married and have a baby or five." Those thoughts just aren't showing up on my radar right now and I'm going to go ahead and say that's okay.
I also branded this trip, early on, as a solo trip. I seriously love traveling solo - that is, unless I can travel with another person who also loves traveling solo. Megan Taylor, aka my spirit animal, will be traveling with me for the first two weeks in Greece. I cannot express how thankful I am for this girl who is currently finishing her last 500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail and a PhD.
I look forward to sharing more with everyone about my upcoming travels!