Ready to Take Flight

IMG_1272I always thought travel would play a huge role in my life. When I was young, I was fortunate to have parents who took me places during summer vacation. I loved our regular camping excursions throughout Western Canada and the US, and I was fortunate to experience Disneyland. Disney World, too. Every few years, we were able to go to Europe to visit relatives on my Dad’s side of the family; mostly around Munich and Austria, but I do have vivid memories of a trip to the Mediterranean and the former Yugoslavia.

My hunger for travel grew during my university years. During the summer semester breaks, I spent time exploring Canada and Europe. My first solo European trip involved a ten countries in twenty days adventure aboard a Contiki bus full of Aussie and UK “pub enthusiasts”. OK, as it turned out, it wasn’t quite my style of travel – but I did return to Europe a few years later for a summer backpacking adventure.

Perhaps the highlight of my travels was a year spent in Australia following graduation, coupled with time spent in Bali, New Zealand and Fiji. When I left for Australia, I felt the world was my oyster. I hadn’t yet established a career. In fact I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life, except for one thing: travel and experience everything that the world, and the people of the world, have to offer.

Then, a funny thing happened.

I returned from Australia, not having met the beautiful Australian woman of my dreams to marry (which of course would also allow me to say down under!). I stumbled into a career in marketing, which mostly for the better, has engulfed much of my life. My career path, however, has not been straightforward. While I have traveled a bit over the last number of years, for a variety of reasons my adventures have not been as grande nor as adventurous as I would have liked.

The time has come to change that. For me, I am happiest when I am focused on true, genuine and awesome life experiences. “Experiences” is the key word. It’s a cliché, but life is short, and it’s time to start living it.

Recently I have been inspired by the local travel blogger community, through Toronto Travel Massive, as well as my good friend Jason Baker who is getting set to go on an adventure and share his experiences through The Imperfect Traveller.

I am working on an overall life bucket list, which I will post on this blog shortly. In the meantime, here are some travel-related highlights of what I currently have on the list.

Within the next year:

  • I will visit Chicago
  • I will travel to Peru, for the first time, and do the Inca Trail
  • I will do a multi-day bike trek, in either Eastern Canada or Europe

Within the new three years:

  • I will travel to Costa Rica
  • I will travel to Europe to visit distant relatives (and ski the Alps)
  • I will travel to India
  • I will do an adventure trip with my parents

With the next ten years:

  • I will visit all seven continents. Yes, including Argentina.
  • I will climb Mount Kilimanjaro

There’s more, but I think this is a good start.

Now, if you’ll please excuse me, it’s time to start planning my next trip.