A couple of months ago, I wrote a post reflecting back on the past year and what was to come for 2015. At the time, there was so much uncertainty in the air, and I had no idea where I’d want to end up this Spring. The only thing I knew that was for certain, was the fact that I was planning on leaving. After all, you’re only young and in your twenties once. It was time to make every moment count. Carpe Diem! Or something cheesy along those lines.
Since being back, I’ve been asked many of the same questions, questions that I’ve acknowledged in previous posts and questions that I will address now…
1) Are you back for good?
In a manner of speaking…yes. Yes Im back for good. Prior to leaving for Australia, I was testing the waters out, to see what it was like to live elsewhere. Away from Vancouver and the familiarity that is home. I toyed with the idea of permanently leaving Vancouver and carving a life out elsewhere. The experience taken away from Oz?: That I can’t and won’t permanently move elsewhere. Family, close friendships and relationships were built here, and as a result of that I have every reason to stay. Although I really shouldn’t say never, as things can and do tend to happen. For now, the only reason I can see myself leaving is because of a career.
2) Will you be travelling again?
Well…isn’t that the whole point of this post?! I am kinda, sorta, maybe writing on a travel blog….*sarcasm unintended 😉 interpret at will* Read on dear reader, and you’ll see…
3) If you end up travelling again, where will you go?! Refer below:
Done looking? Awesome. The map above, is representative of the road trip that I’ll be embarking on with my side kick, climbing partner and partner in crime. Meet Laura…
Unlike last year’s adventures, in which the focus was to wander around and see where it took me, this year’s adventure is climbing focused- that is, we plan on monkeying around A LOT of rocks. The plan is to travel for about a month, leaving at the end of May and returning closer to the end of June. Our trip will include about six days of driving with stops in:
Oregon for Portland and for Smith Rock Canyon
California for San Francisco and Bishop
Nevada for Red Rocks
In total, we’re looking at approximately 4617 km of travelled distance, from Vancouver to Red Rocks and back.
Now for the best part…drum roll please…
That van up there, a 1997 burgundy GMC Safari, will be our home for the duration of our trip. The best part about informing my friends of my plans for a road trip- to hear them ask which hotels I’d be staying in and how much that’d add up. In case you’re wondering, yes, Laura and I will be camping in a van. A duo of free spirited, dirt bag climbers. Just living the dream.
We have yet to name the van, suggestions are welcome.
The plan in the next couple months is to revamp the van; from a seven seat passenger vehicle to a kick ass climber’s crib.
We’ve just started the revamping process…keep a look out for the next blog posts, as I’ll be updating you all on the van’s progress.
A road trip may come as a bit of a surprise; as I know that international travelling had been talked about, and on my radar for this Spring. However, as life usually tends to, other things became priority. What other things might you ask?
Well, for starters, the South East Asia plan did not take off as I had hoped it would. My brother will still be going, however, I will not be accompanying him; as the length of the trip will not be as long as I had envisioned it to be. In my ideal world, I would be going for at least a couple of months. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out that way, and I had a hard time imaging myself half way around the world, only exploring a few short weeks.
The next curve ball that life threw at me was, that I had started to critically examine my life. 2014 was the year that I was supposed to travel and eventually, somehow, figure my shit out. The travelling for that year was cut extremely short, however, I think it may have been a blessing in disguise of sorts. Let’s be realistic, as great a time as travelling would have been, it would also have been a distraction of sorts from the “real” world. Coming home helped ground me, and made me come to terms with the fact that I didn’t really know, or have any clue as to what I wanted to do with this great thing known as life.
Since coming home, I have gone through many thought processes, as to what would fulfill me and pay my bills. I am starting the process of going to massage school to become an RMT. The first step will be next month, in the form of an intro course. From there we’ll see what happens and if I decide to go through with it, I hope to start school in September.
Because of these two reasons, I decided that international travelling was not in my best interest at the moment. It’ll just be on hold for now. I have also realized that in order for my travels to feel successful and fulfilling, I have to incorporate climbing. The road trip was an excellent solution, as I am curious to see what other crags look like and how other types of rocks feel to be climbed on, while at the same time, I’ll still be travelling and having a great time without the price of a flight suffocating me.
Two months is both long and short. Long because Im that much closer to leaving, but short because there really is only two months to get the van prepared.
For now, I say…stay curious and keep the wanderlust strong.
This is The Lone Traveller,
back in action.