Allons-y! Let's Go! It's time to travel solo...
by Melissa Spellen
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Hiking the Franz Josef glacier in New Zealand
Now that I am out on the road, when people ask me where I am from and the conversation weaves around to me saying something like, "I quit my job and sold my house and got on a plane", I invariably get shocked stares they quickly try to mask with a "good for you!" comment.
The truth is that people always give me too much credit for being brave and following my dream. The truth for me is that things started to happen that put me in a metaphoric chute. I was like a sheep being herded to an inevitable destination. All I did was not resist.
I worked in corporate communications and had worked for the same company for 22 years. I literally grew up there. From a silly youngster of 22 who borrowed a suit to wear to the interview, into a leader of an entire area of the business.
When it became clear to me that the direction and leadership of the organization were in conflict with my values, I had to go. Full stop. So that decision was made....
Because my office was located in a small town, there was no longer any point in staying there. Add this reality to a booming housing market and guess what? The house is on the market and quickly sold.
Rather than buy another place in the city and jump into a new job, the idea came to me that to afford travel, there is no better time than when you don't have a mortgage. So into storage with you boxes and furniture!
Then I had to decide where to go. I pulled out the map and decided that Australia was the perfect place to begin a New Year and new adventure.
I have been travelling now for 2 months and I can honestly say I have no regrets about the decisions. I think that when the timing is right and all signs are pointing in a direction, the only regrets to fear are the ones of you not paying attention.
Solo travel has been more exciting, easier and more fun than I dared dream. People are friendly and helpful everywhere. My iPhone is my new BFF because she keeps me connected to home and family and friends.
One thing I wish I had done was planned out the journey more effectively to allow more time in places rather than rushing around. But hey. It's all a learning experience and I can guarantee that this won't be my last big trip.
Do it. Look around and listen to the signals. Listen to your inner voice. If you have the courage to do what you know you must, it will always be the right choice.
As they say in France, and of course, Quebec, Allons-y! Let’s Go!
Here is the link to my blog - Follow along.......