I’m going to travel the world with a one-way ticket!


The moment I will write ‘I’m going to travel the world with a one-way ticket’ will be the moment my phone will not stop buzzing. In fact, it has been buzzing for the last 24 hours, which is when I officially notified my friends that I am leaving The Netherlands for a round the world trip. At first I didn’t want to write a blog about it but the number of questions I’ve received and WhatsApping the answers to everyone, got me a sore thumb. So here is the best news of the year so far: I’m going to travel the world with a one-way ticket!
Most people I’ve ever personally met or are in my circle of friends, know that I have had the dream to travel for an extended period of time without having too much of a plan. To just leave and see where I will end up and what I’ll end up doing. Since I’m always doubting my decisions, I never really dared to take the step to give up everything and leave. I was raised with the idea that stability is the most important part of your life. I’ve always had enough savings, a house and a nice job … I never knew what it would be like to not have any of these. But then some of my securities disappeared from my life. My relationship ended after 16 years, my father passed away and I was being told I need to leave my rental appartement. So after giving it some thought, I figured that this would be the most perfect time to leave. And so I handed in my notice at work, giving up the last stable factor in my life right now.
What will I be doing? Well, I don’t really have much of a plan. Although I know where I want to go and what I want to see, I’m most definitely not one of those travelers who plan their whole year abroad from start to end. I will not book a so-called round-the-world ticket and will not visit twenty-something countries the upcoming year. Because the only thing I want right now, is peace of mind and to be in nature. I want to discover pretty places, hike, read books and enjoy the beauty of this planet. I don’t really need to tick countries off my bucketlist and see as much as I can in order to blog about it. That just ain’t me.
So first of all I quit my job, with a lot of pain in my heart, because I truly love what I’m doing. I’ve been working for the same company for eleven years, but it’s time for me to move on. I will have my last day somewhere in June or July but that hasn’t been decided yet. This summer I have some trips planned that I’m still going to make (US, Sweden, Austria) and I will also need to finish certain arrangements as well as get rid of my stuff and such. I need to leave my home July 1st and after that I will certainly find a place to sleep on the couch for a while.
I’m planning on leaving The Netherlands somewhere in September. My first stop will be Bali, a place I want to do not much else other than relax. I’ve not seen Eat, Pray, Love nor will I ever see it so my idea was not based on that. However, Bali seems like the perfect place to find some peace of mind. My dad had a big passion for Indonesia including Bali and since I heard a lot of good stories, I figured it would be a good starting point. Plus you can climb volcanoes and learn to surf. You can’t really expect me to do completely nothing for two whole months, right?
From Bali I want to move on to Nepal, the country I fell in love with when hiking to Everest Base Camp some 1.5 years ago. I love the Nepali people and I love the Himalayas even more. I would love to do one or two treks and other than that, I have no idea what I’ll do there. I may end up volunteering, sleeping, blogging, learning to cook Dal Bhat… I don’t know yet!
The plan is to eventually make it to my beloved New Zealand, which is the one place that stole my heart in 2002, when I visited for the first time. I’ve always had the dream to live here or at least spend a decent amount of time here. New Zealand is the place where I left a little piece of my heart behind during my last visit and now I will go back to pick it up. I want to hike, camp, be carefree in nature. While I’m writing that a big smile appears on my face. Just be in nature, it sounds totally awesome to me right now.
How long I will stay away eventually is not something I want to decide right now and I want to keep all my options open. When I feel like going home, I can go home. When I want to stay, I’ll stay. I realize that this is a total luxurious situation and that being able to afford this is a huge privilege but I’ve worked hard to save enough money to travel for a year or possibly two, without having to return home. Of course I will go home eventually, but when that will be I don’t know.
Of course I will continue with We12travel because keeping this site up and running is what I love to do most. I’ve been dreaming of traveling around the world as a writer for many years and now I can finally make that dream come true. There are so many stories in my head that I would like tell, but just never got around to telling because of a lack of time. And so I decided to buy myself the one thing that you can never really buy, which is time and freedom to write. To learn how to make better photos, better stories and to keep on inspiring you guys to travel the world and enjoy nature.
Eventually I will of course need to start making money. The name ‘digital nomad’ has been crossing my mind a lot lately and although I don’t really like using the word because it’s being overused a lot, I think that eventually I will become a so-called digital nomad. I have no fixed plan on how to do this because at this moment, there are other things I have to keep busy with. Which is fine because you can’t really plan everything in advance anyway. I will be fine, the blog will be fine and eventually I will find a way to fund my travels.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past months, it’s that nothing is ever guaranteed in life. That you have to take chances before it may be too late. That there may not be another tomorrow. That choosing your own happiness is not egoistic but very courageous. I know my dad would have been so proud of me, which makes it easier to just pack my bag and go.
I could easily write another 1.000 words about my decision but I will not do that. Just because there is a lot left to tell, but also because not everything that is going on in my life needs to be shared. I’m about to go to bed however with the best feeling in the world: the feeling that I have the world at my feet and that this is just the start of a major adventure!
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