Words cannot express the surreal excitement I feel to be going on a five-month trip across Europe with my dear, sweet husband! I know I’ve been teasing you about my big news, but as you can imagine, there were so many details that had to be worked out before I spilled the beans! Trust me, I have been dying to tell you about this!
We gave our two-weeks’ notices at work, sold two of our cars and will be moving out of our apartment soon. Are we crazy? Maybe… Is the thought of the unknown a bit frightening? Absolutely! And for some particular reason when people first hear that I’m quitting my job to tour Europe, an alarming majority of them are very quick to point out my irrational thinking. But when else will I be able to take 5 months out of my life to free myself from the routines and restrictions of everyday, to get wonderfully lost in the streets of Barcelona, to drink the wild air of Amalfi, to feel the hot sands of Santorini between my toes, to exhaust myself in the glorious pursuit of life? If not now – when? As a wise person once said, the most dangerous risk is the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.
Of course, I’m fully aware that traveling is over-romanticized. Jet lag, weight gain, lack of privacy, homesickness, lost iPhones, stolen purses, traffic, public bathrooms you must pay to use are all part of the not-so-glamorous side of traveling. But challenging ourselves is what enables us to grow, and this is an opportunity I’ve dreamed about my entire life! It is in all of us to defy expectations, to go into the world and to be brave, and to want, to need, to hunger for adventure, to embrace change and chance and risk so that we may breathe and know what it is to be free.
I genuinely feel very lucky to be able to live this experience, and I am so excited to take you with me on this adventure! If you’ve been to Europe, please make recommendations as to where to stay, eat, see, shop, etc. I promise to document each moment and make the most out of every circumstance! Make sure you follow on the blog, or Bloglovin’, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for my latest adventures! And if you happen to see me in your corner of the world, do say hello!
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