So, as I alluded to in some of my earlier updates… I have some pretty big news to share. As you've probably noticed from some of my other posts, I've been doing quite a bit of soul-searching, self-reflection, and self-discovery in 2017. I've been feeling this all-too-familiar internal pull, an inner voice leading me in a direction that feels scary and challenging.
There have been quite a few times in my life where I've had these deep tuggings on my heart. Some might call it a gut feeling, others might call it intuition, but it feels like something is directing my thoughts and hopes and dreams. These feelings are often scary and sometimes a bit risky, like when I felt the calling to make a last minute change in my college plans or pick up my entire life and move to NYC. Making the choice to follow my heart in these moments meant saying NO to fears, doubts, insecurities, and even naysayers. It took courage and guts and a little blind faith. But truthfully, the scary decisions have always brought about the biggest adventures, growth, and joy in my life. Every single time.
This year, I've felt like my intuition has been leading me to seek out some new life experiences and I've said “yes!” to many opportunities to travel. A quick weekend here, a girl's getaway there. I'm lucky that what I do allows me to be flexible in terms of my location and hours, and I've tried to take advantage of that fact as much as I can, within reason. Quick weekend trips have been doable, but I've been yearning to travel farther, wider, and for longer stretches of time. For years I've talked about planning big trips abroad to see and visit all the places I've dreamed of going, but each year passes without a trip being booked. Something has been tripping me up when it comes to planning big trips, and that is TIME.
It seems like there are never enough hours in a day to go and see and do all that I'd want to in a certain destination. I have struggled majorly with FOMO in the past and it rears its ugly head when it comes to making travel plans. What if I don't get a chance to do ALL THE THINGS I want to do? What if I don't get a chance to go back? This internal fear has kept me from pulling the trigger on booking trips that I've been dreaming of all my life. I've allowed myself to get caught up in analysis paralysis and it has come at the cost of potentially living with regrets.
In the midst of my self-reflection this year, I kept coming back to these thoughts. Wouldn't it be more fun to stay somewhere for longer than a few days? To fully immerse myself in the culture and really get a feel for life in that area? My work can be done from anywhere. I have that flexibility… so why don't I take more advantage? I finally decided to take matters into my own hands and make some plans in a way that worked for me. I want more of those incredible moments of awe and wonder in discovering new people and places.
I started researching remote work/travel opportunities after seeing some articles and stories in the media. There are quite a few startups out there that plan and organize group travel for people who can work remotely, and this seemed like an exciting opportunity that I could actually take advantage of. I ended up interviewing with three different programs and ultimately I signed on with a group called We Roam. They offer a few different itineraries at any given time, and you can sign up for trips at a length of three months or longer.
When given the option to choose between the ones available, I decided that I'd rather go somewhere that gave me a true escape from the New York winter. So in less than six weeks, I'll be heading off on a four-month trip to Southeast Asia. I'll be spending a month in each of the following cities:
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
This is definitely the beginning of a great new adventure, and I can't wait to see the results of taking another big leap. I've been practically buzzing with excitement ever since I paid my deposit. I'm so proud to be putting my money where my mouth is and making this goal of mine happen. Stepping into the unknown is always scary but I am trusting that this path has been set before me for a reason. I can't wait to see where it takes me!
This blog will be updated much more frequently as I travel throughout Asia, so be sure to subscribe for updates. I have quite a lot of things to do in the month to prepare for the trip, and I look forward to bringing you all with me on this journey!