I think I got it from my old man, with the exception of some parts of Asia, if you can think of it, he's been there, so I'm lucky to have him as a resource and because of his love of travel he has always been completely supportive of me and my travels. The only thing my parents have ever asked is that I stay safe and contact them once a week when I'm away just to make sure I'm alive and they don't have to sell my car.
Travel is such an amazing life experience, if there is one thing you do in your life, let it be experiencing new places, new cultures and new people. It will be life memories you will never forget and never regret.
I got lucky as I had my first opportunity to travel in 2005 as a referee to the WCG Grand Final in Singapore. It seemed like quite an expensive exercise to book flights and spend a week working every day, but I managed to make the trip worthwhile by spending an extra week sightseeing. The idea of travelling for WCG was/is great. A new location every year, you get to meet tons of new people and believe me throughout the years I have met some amazing people that to this day I still travel and am great friends with.
It was a few years ago when I started to get more of an itch for travel, travelling for 3-4 weeks a year and then having to wait an entire year to travel again was just too painful. So I started small by taking a 7-10 day trip half way through the year to somewhere close to Australia as it would be cheaper, and it basically went from there. I now travel about twice a year and I plan to travel AT LEAST once a year for hopefully the next 20 years.
So far I have travelled to, Singapore, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Dubai, Italy, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Turkey, Iran and The USA, and if you break those places down into their specific parts the list grows.
In the first week of May I'm going to Nepal to trek through the Himalayas for 2 weeks. I'm off to LA and hopefully South America in October for WCG and I'll be spending my birthday and Christmas in Phuket-Thailand. Also around this time next year I have planned a 2 week trip cycling through Vietnam but I have yet to plan anything past that.
There are so many places in the world I want to go, trek through India, go to Egypt, safari through Africa, travel and camp the Amazon, travel via the Trans-Siberia Railway from China to Moscow! Omg, there are so many places and so many things I want to do!! The only thing stopping me is money and time.
The one advice I can give anyone who wants to travel is to stay committed, I have a dangerous ability to come up with an idea and immediately commit to it, at which point I concentrate all my efforts to make sure the trip happens, whether it be a money issue or getting the time off. Having those experiences for me is a lot more important than the everyday mundane, like bills and work which will always be there and can also be resolved.
So I implore you, travel, see the world, have some amazing experiences and please share them with others inspiring them to do the same.
If you're interested you can check out my two extensive travel blogs.
Energies in Asia
Energies in Europe
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