In early 2014, I embraced John Burroughs’ philosophy of “leap and the net will appear.” I’ve spent the first part of my life living the middle-class rat race; working, paying, playing. Living the life of all that was promised from our previous century. But times have changed. The pot at the end of the rainbow looks much different today … for those of us who are thinking of retirement through to our highly educated youth facing a much harsher reality than the picture painted in university. Something in our society has to change. And I had to change the reality of the second part of my life.
I was living in a very affluent section of Southern Ontario Canada. Just west of Toronto, the downtown sprawl had crept into this sleeper community city of Burlington; causing traffic headaches, expensive taxes & ridiculous housing prices. So I sold my condo, packed everything in storage and planned 3-months of travel covering 9 countries in South-East Asia and Europe. The only thing I miss now is my morning lake view!
There are many ways people choose create change in their lives. For me, travel has always been the most amazing path of growth. I love being immersed in different cultures, trying to figure out the music of a new language, and tasting new foods. Whether traveling for work or pleasure, I’ve always returned “home” with a completely different perspective on our lives here in the Western world. We have so much, but what we really need is so little – food, shelter, music, warmth and the love of our family and friends, along with a strong sense of community so all survive together. Life should be lived through the simple joys.
So off I go … I hope you enjoy this travel transformation journey together with me!
– “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi