In a world where so many are out of work, I am thankful I have a job. I am grateful for the opportunity to have taken a leave from my teaching position to travel for 14 months. Few jobs have such flexibility. Yes, of course I’d like to continue traveling the world, but unfortunately my sabbatical is up and my funds have run out. The time flew by. Time to be back in the classroom. At this point, I’m just thankful to have a job. I need a way to save up for more trips right?
Even though I am back in Canada to stay for the time being, my journey is far from over. In the meantime, I’m already strumming up future plans for abroad travel in 2015 and exciting new opportunities (did you expect any less?). I will save that story for another day. Although I won’t be traveling abroad as often, I’ll still be traveling–just more locally, within Canada, and when possible, outside of the country. It is high time I started highlighting more within my home country, while also sharing my travel adventures prior to my year off. I have yet had the opportunity to share my travel stories in the 15 countries I traveled to prior to my year off. I have only been documenting the last 14 months on my blog.
Reaching 32 countries by my 31st birthday was a dream come true! My year off was beyond what I expected and in reality, I didn’t expect much because I didn’t plan out what I would do. My year off lead me beyond my wildest expectations and I am floored at all I accomplished. I often find myself re-reading blog posts of the incredible experiences I had along the way. I love re-reading my Hawaii posts for example! Now it’s time to continue reflecting on my past trips and dreaming new dreams. Planning where to go next. Writing new bucket lists. And most importantly, getting INSPIRED by other travel bloggers like YOU, just as I have inspired you when I was traveling. The roles have reversed. Now I am the one at home dreaming after months of full-time travel. I’m now the one thinking of what I’d like to do, while you showcase the amazing wonders of the world. Showcase them! Show them! I embrace your excitement, just as I was so excited to share my experiences. I love how it has gone full circle.
I haven’t stopped dreaming. In fact, my recent travels have made me dream even more and to dream even bigger dreams! I am excited to know where I will be lead! There is only potential. The possibilities are endless.