My Journey is Far From Over

AustraliaIn 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?

Great Ocean RoadEven 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.Great Ocean Road

Turquoise CompassReaching 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.Cayo Santa Maria

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 thoughts on “My Journey is Far From Over

  1. Yessss Jessica, the possibilities are endless and you have just began!! You will have much much more to come, and I am sure that you still have a lot to tell us about this magical 14 months 😀 thank you for inspiring me and Im happy to know I can inspire you too!! Wish you all the best 😀

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  2. You are right how we tend to forget to highlight our own country in our travel stories. I, too, hope to start doing more of that soon. Good luck going back to the classroom and I look forward to seeing your Canadian adventures!

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  3. I’m interested to hear about these previous countries! I also agree about showcasing Canada. I think I’ve tended to think of Canada (sweeping generalization #1) as pretty boring 😀 (and there’s #2) but that says more about me. Even hubby asked the other day if and when I’d talk about Canada more in my bloggidy blog. Hmmmmm…. I have to finish with Japan first. 😀

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    • haha there’s always time to incorporate Canada in there. At least your husband is interested in hearing more! It’s such a big country so there is so much to write about, especially if you have seen a lot of it. I’m excited to cover a bit more variety on the blog including travel, turquoise destinations, lifestyle, teaching, and aviation posts.
      Jessica, Turquoise Compass

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      • Those ideas sound fantastic! I’m already curious to see what direction you will head when the time is right. I’ve been thinking too about adding different types of posts but am not sure yet. One thing I’ve learned with this blog is sometimes I simply have to start writing and not worry about having everything planned out. I had no intention of doing food posts and thought all I wanted to do was travel tips and look where things have gone. I think the blog will continue to evolve as I do more and learn more. I’m finding this flexibility and variety a really fun and unexpected part of blogging!

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      • Yes, the unexpected parts are the most exciting parts in a way. My blog has evolved so much since I started it over a year ago. It has been almost a year and a half already! I don’t know where the time has gone. My favorite part of course is connecting with other bloggers like you! 😀 Who knows where the blog will take me.

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