Life is filled with “Goodbyes”. I know this because I’ve had to say it way too many times. Goodbye to family, goodbye to friends, goodbye to relationships, and goodbye to brothers who have made their final ascension into Valhalla.
But not every goodbye is a sad one. Sometimes a goodbye is a closure to one part of your life and the beginning of another. A new adventure or a fresh start, as cheesy as that may sound. I’m not a fan of saying goodbye to people, so instead I say “see ya later”. Goodbye sounds so final, so concrete.
This time around its no different, and I still don’t plan on saying goodbye. As I get ready to embark on another trip I simply tell people, “see ya later, have a cold one waiting for me for when I return”. Oh yea, did I forget to mention I’m going backpacking again haha!
This time I journey to the beautiful land of Australia. Why you may ask? Well that’s a silly question, its fucking Australia! Also I made a promise to visit some good mates of mine I met in Europe, and I’m not about to stop breaking my promises.
I’m not sure why I named this blog post “The Great Escape”. I’m not escaping from anything; I simply want to explore the world. Chasing the sun seems like a better title since I’ll be consistently chasing the sun this time around or perhaps, “Damnnnnn Carlos, back at it again with the traveling” is a more suitable title, I’ll let you decide. Well now that I think about it I might be escaping from one thing, conformity. You know that thing everyone wants you to do, get a degree, get a career, work, work, work, work (in Rihanna voice), get married, make offspring, retire, die. As I reach my big 30, that pressure to conform increases. I guess by societies standards I should have a career and be married by now. Been there, done that.
I’m no revolutionary, people today are steering away from conformity and doing great things. The idea of marriage is dying, as more people stray away from it. More people are choosing not to have kids, and focusing on personal development. There is nothing wrong with conformity or normalizing to some standards. Its some people’s goal to get married and raise a family, shit it was mine there for a while. I myself will eventually chase this goal as well, but not in the near future. I would like to tell you to do the same while you are still young, but hey it’s your life, live it how you want. Personal development does not mean doing it on your own, for the company of different people and different cultures is the best way to grow.
If I ever get blessed with grand kids, who by the way will be a bunch of shit heads because I’m a shit head, I want to sit on a hovering recliner (it’s the future, they will have these) with a long wooden pipe for show, because I don’t smoke, stroking my grey beard and say, “Gather around young padawans, let me tell you about the time your grand pappy pulled a Hemingway” or the time I stood on the side of a mountain and watched a memorable sunrise in a foreign country where its inhabitants wanted to kill me. (I’m going to terrorize these kids HAHA!)
I do have one final thought on this somewhat off track topic. I do believe one of life’s goals is to find someone to share these moments with, the person you can stand still with, enjoy sincere silence, and take in the moment. This isn’t a necessity, but a nice compliment to your badassery (yup just made up a word). I can’t tell you how to achieve this, but I do believe it can be done through personal growth, which can only be achieved by stepping outside the bubble of conformity. Plus, life is to fucking awesome to live it by yourself, go share it with someone and make some kick ass memories.
Like before, this idea to take off started small, with a plan to save up and travel in two years, which turn to a small two-week trip in less than a year, to now traveling for several months. I mean why not right, I’m already going to be in that part of the world, so why not keeping going. I knew I would travel again even before I left Europe, so I began to stash money away as soon as I landed in the states. Surprisingly I came back under budget and stored it in the travel fund. The gears in my head were moving but I had no date and too many destinations to choose from. Planning big trips like these are often daunting and time consuming, but well worth it.
Once again certain aspects in my life have push me towards this idea a lot sooner than I had planned. Drawbacks, successes and failures have all created an opportunity for me to leave again. I made up my mind several months ago to go full throttle with the plan, setting up a budget, watching my expenses like a hawk and working like a slave. Going to need three times the cheddar this time around.
So what’s the new itinerary? Well let me tell ya! This plan will sound really ambitious, but fuck it, YOLO right.
First stop, AUSTRALIA! I will be backpacking the east coast of Australia for a month. Somewhere along that route I plan on accomplishing 3 goals; fight a kangaroo, fight a koala, and not die. Assuming I’m still alive after all this I’ll be licking my wounds in Cairns before my departure to SOUTH EAST ASIA!
This is where it gets tricky and I’ll need help. I’ve already talked to several of you and thank you for the valuable advice. If anyone has any tips or information on SEA feel free to drop me a line. I’ve already started my research and have a rough draft on the route I plan to take. Also any info on the Philippines (Boracay & Cebu) would help. I’ll be out of SEA by June due to monsoon season and plan on heading west towards Ireland and Scotland. Not sure how I’m going to get there but I WILL GET THERE. I’ve been dreaming about Ireland and the Highlands since I’ve been back, failure here is not an option. Also any info on Capetown and Morroco would help as well.
Phase three of the plan gets real ballsy as I plan to make my way to South America. Now the chances of me reaching this continent are slim but hey, YOLO (I promise YOLO is not part of my regular vocabulary, but it seems appropriate. Just about every curse word known to man is). This will simply depend on money, and how much I have left. I have not done ANY research on this yet, so definitely need all the advice I can get. Getting here means I budgeted just right, or I pulled a Rambo (sold live Cobras for snake fight club in SEA).
I’m also sending an open invitation to anyone who wants to join me on this adventure. I’ve realize that most people are afraid to travel alone, so that’s why I offer people to join me on any part of my trip. Money is also a factor and even though I can’t fund your trip, I can offer money saving advice. The purpose behind these stories and blog is to encourage people to travel. Everyone should see the world through their own eyes. Pictures, videos and blogs don’t do it justice.
I’m currently working on anchor points, and so far I only have a few. Life keeps me pretty preoccupied and most of my planning is done during my commute hours. I’ll be in Oz for NYE, which hopefully will be pretty bad ass. I fly out to SEA on the 27 of Jan after Australia Day (can’t miss that). Where I land first in SEA is still up to question but I will be in Thailand for SONGKRAN!! (Apr 13-16). I’ll be out of SEA by June. I’ll be posting a final itinerary as the date approaches.
Oh fuck I just realized that I leave in 5 months! 5 freaking months! Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuck. I still got so much planning to do.
Funny thing is I’m already planning what to do when I return, (get my iron horse back and tour my own country) got to stay focus.
Of course everything is subject to change as life continues to throw me curve balls, it just depends if I decide to dodge it, catch it or hit it. Whatever happens I will choose the route that will provide me with a good story so I can write about it.
Safe travels everyone and I appreciate any tips/advice you send my way.