Challenge #5: Book a Ticket and Just Leave – A Nomad’s Life, I Dream

I’ve shared this image before – and when I wrote the post back in April, the gist of it was that I would so much love to just pack up and leave but don’t have the guts to. Well – I never was able to shake off that feeling. However, three months later, this feeling has grown and instead of being frustrated and scared, I am ecstatic beyond words – why? because I have decided that I will indeed just pack up and leave.

I think that I’ve become braver or maybe even reckless but I don’t want to sit and fantasize about things anymore – and I feel like it shouldn’t be as difficult as I let it be. A week ago, I was invited to be a speaker at a conference in India. While before, I would have said no even if I wanted to go badly, I am now actually considering going – I just need to buy a flight ticket when logistics are confirmed. I am also planning a three-month trip to Europe in March when my visa runs out at the end of January.

Why a sudden change? Well – going to the Nomading Film Festival was one thing – meeting travelers who are out there living the life has made the little nomad inside of me want to get out there too. Second, I’m kinda sick of trying to figure out jobs and settling down and whatnot. I’m only 22 years old and society has made me believe that I need to have things figured out, have a stable job that I can stay for years – umm.. no thank you. Not yet at least. And last but not least, I’ve been volunteering at Hostelling International Boston where I meet great travelers with amazing stories from around the world. No offense to my beautiful people in the U.S. but I feel like I’ve been culturally deprived. That’s evident especially if I have a great time talking to a British Backpacker on the different English languages for two hours straight and have a blast – that’s saying something! It’s saying that I love culture, talking about them and learning about them from people – and being here has made me extremely culturally deprived.

I’ve always been a planner and have always wanted stability. That’s why I went through the rough patches when I graduated and couldn’t figure out the visa problem.  My sister said to me back then:

“Don’t be afraid of the uncertainties, be excited for the infinite possibilities..”

To be completely honest, I understood what that meant in my head. I knew that was how I should feel but I never really appreciated the meaning of that until recently. Now that I don’t only think it but also feel it, I am excited beyond words.

I need to get myself out of here and I will get myself out of here. Help me plan my trips to India and Europe. Any tips and links to blogs you love to follow can help immensely.

Happy travels everyone – and get out there when you can!

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