Budget travel, ecotourism, round the world trip, RTW

Happy Bday, RTW trip!

I had a great idea for a blog update this morning as I was half asleep, trying to convince myself that the travel shop really needed to be opened on time.  I wasn’t hungover despite a raucous Peterpans Thursday night Party.  More like I was world weary and maybe suffering from a slight gluten hangover. (I guess that low gluten brownie from Pie Face wasn’t low enough).  As I tried to turn my mental frown upside down, I had a thought that inspired me to get out of bed, throw on some comfy shorts (a must when dealing with gluten belly), grab an apple, broccoli and hummus for bfast/lunch and hi tail it over to the store.   I’m 2 hours into my shift and have completely forgotten what was so motivating to me this morning that I shook the sleep from my eyes and practically bounced out of bed so I could write a post on it, but that’s not the point.

The point is that attitude is everything.

I managed to turn my whole day around by dismissing the “reasons” it was going to be a crap day and looking for a reason it was going to be a great day.  You may be thinking, “well you are clearly just a really positive person so it’s easy for you”. You would be wrong.  I haven’t always been a master of the 180, just ask my friends and family. *Cringe* on second thought, just take my word for it.  I use to be a black belt in beating myself (and on occasion, others) down.  I could always find a reason for why my day was going to be shit and why I didn’t measure up.  It’s not that I had someone constantly telling me I wasn’t good enough, it’s that I grew up feeling a bit out of place like so many people do.  That dissatisfaction grew over the years and turned inward until I neither knew nor liked myself, but was so covered in years of internal put downs and self-loathing that I couldn’t find a starting point for change.

This is where that first trip to Central America came in.  Being in Costa Rica for 3 weeks with 10 classmates and 2 of my favourite professors stirred something in me.  Something that said “Yes.  This feels right.  I feel right.” Unfortunately, there were so many layers of crud over that tiny point of light that it took another 5 years for that light to really start gaining momentum.  However, with every trip, a bit more negativity shed off my soul and a bit more positivity shone through until this epic adventure I started exactly one year ago today sledghammered the bulk of the hardened blackness from my daily POV.

You may ask “Kat, what is it about travel that has set your soul so free?”  I honestly don’t know.  It may be the amazing, caring, open minded people I’ve met.  Or perhaps it’s the breathtakingly stunning areas of the world I’ve visited.  Maybe it’s all the endorphins being released into my brain from the plethora of adrenaline-fueled activities I’ve engaged in on my trip.  Whatever the reason, my mind has been opened and my limits have been stretched and I am the better for it.

Happy Birthday, RTW trip.  May you have a long, productive life. I look forward to celebrating many more years with you.

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Proof that I’m Crazy

As if you guys hadn’t already figured it out.

I’m a nut. And a bit of an adrenaline junky. And when I say a bit, I mean huge. Like, jolly green giant huge. So I thought I’d post some proof.  Enjoy the photos. 🙂 I can guarantee I enjoyed having them taken.

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It’s about damn time I uploaded some pics — Melbourne in a Montage

Sorry the format is so weird guys. Here are a few highlights from my time in Melbourne.  White night, Philip Island tour, Grampians National Park camping with friends, fellow americans (and canadians).  Realized that some of the most important people of my time in Melbourne are not represented in my pictures! Mel, Dayton, Laura and Shenandoh, you have not been forgotten! Love you guys!
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Long time, no post

Hey y’all, how have you been??  I know it’s been a really long time since I’ve updated and I’m sorry about that, but I’ve gotta tell you, coming back on here feels like greeting an old friend you haven’t seen in years.  All I really want to do is catch up and found out how y’alls own travel plans have gone as well as share a bit of my own.

Since we last conversed, I have traveled up the East Coast of Australia.  Starting in Sydney and ending in Cairns (where I am currently living and working for an awesome travel company, Peterpans), I stopped at so many amazing places, did so many amazing things and met so many people along the way.  I think I’ve lost count of the number of World Heritage Sites I’ve had the opportunity to visit.  Items are being crossed off my Bucket List by the handful.  I am swiftly reaching Facebook’s limit of how many friends I’m allowed to have.

Yet, there is still so much to see/do/experience in Australia! I feel as if I have barely scratched the surface of what this country has to offer.  In addition, the more I talk with other travellers, the more excited I get about visiting other countries, including my own. (I know, I know, go back to the US??I’m shocked too)  Hearing about semi-familiar places from wanderers with a fresh prospective has been very eye-opening. 

That’s not the only thing pulling me home bound, though.  Over the past 11 1/2 months (!!!), I have, very rarely, become homesick.  I missed a niece and a nephew’s birthday last month.  My mom emailed me to tell me how weird it felt to have my brother’s kids fly up for a visit this summer with out me.  My Grammy, whom I’ve always been very close with, is in a bad way and they don’t know if she is going to last much longer.  

Needless to say, it’s hard. 

On the other side of things, I am enamoured with Australia, love my current job, and feel as if my soul and my surroundings are in sync for the first time in a very long time; maybe for the first time ever.

So what do I do? Go home and sacrifice my happiness for the happiness of the people who mean the most to me? Or stay and try to come to terms that my action may be selfish, but i also deserve to be happy?  In the past, the answer would be clear cut.  So clear cut, in fact, that I wouldn’t even consider the second option to be a legitimate choice.  Now I am realising that I must live my life for me first and foremost.  It’s (probably) the only one i will ever get and if I keep sacrificing my happiness for others, I will turn into a miserable human being and in the long run, that will not benefit anyone.

Whew, that was heavy, but i had to get it out.  Now, please, tell me what’s going on in your lives in the comments below and if you have time, check out what I crossed off on my Bucket List!

Keep calm and travel on (and be HAPPY)

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Let the east coast adventure begin!

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Change is the only constant in life

Hey guys, I’ve been doing some thinking lately about this blog, my business dreams, etc. and after revisiting Marie Forleo’s B school module 1, I have realized that my website is not reflective of the direction I currently want to go in.  I love the environment and try to be green in my own life, but I don’t really want to talk about how to be green on the road in this blog, at least not yet. I don’t feel like I know enough about it myself to teach other people. So I’m reevaluating the message I want to get across to my readers. I want my message to you to be authentic and heartfelt. Which is why I’m going to focus on how you can overcome any obstacle to travel. It is something I have first hand experience with and know that I can help you out with. 

You will probably have noticed that my blogging has slowed down (er, stopped) recently and it is because I was getting so overwhelmed and stressed out trying to think of eco friendly tips I could share with you that I started avoiding wordpress like the plague. It’s amazing how much lighter I feel now that I’ve admitted that what I was doing wasn’t working! That brings me back to the title of this post: change is the only constant in life. No matter what it is you’re doing right now, if it isn’t working for you, don’t be afraid to change it. Change doesn’t mean failure. It just means you are getting one step closer to who you truly want to be.

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Balancing planning, ideas, and LIFE

Hey y’all, sorry I’ve been MIA lately. As I’m sure everyone has experienced at some point or another, life doesn’t always go as planned. Lately I’ve been dealing with waitressing at a fabulous restaurant in Bondi Beach called PaperPlanes, promo-ing Australia’s best travel agency aka Peterpans, fighting a sinus infection and strep throat, and most recently, battling an (accidental) gluten hangover. Between the two jobs, the sickness, and the moving from a hostel to a share house, I haven’t had the time or energy to devote to this website the way I want to. Unfortunately, the more I put off updating the site, the less motivated I was to find time time to update…a vicious cycle. I realized today, though, that things will always get in the way…if I let them. It’s all about prioritizing what is actually important to me and making time for those top goals.

And so, it’s 7 am and I’m updating my website after having spent the last hour watching b school videos and brainstorming ideas to turn my passion into a business. After this is done, I’m going on a long over due run (my clothes are getting uncomfortably snug) before I go to job #1, followed by a Kat nap (haha get it? Cuz my name is Kat…), and then job #2. It’s going to be a long 18 hour day, but I guarantee I’ll go to bed feeling less stressed and way more empowered than I have lately.


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