One More Thing…

Tomorrow’s the day! The day I’ve been preparing for is finally here…and it still hasn’t hit me. I’m getting some waves of emotion every once in a while, but thats it. I’m actually a little concerned that I haven’t had a bigger reaction.

I’ve had some waves of emotion where I tear up without being prompted at all. I have cried a few times and had some REALLY emotional goodbyes. It’s been tough, but it somehow still hasn’t hit me. I know this is going to be the next year (at least) of my life, but it just seems like another week-long trip.

Truth is, I am extremely excited. Tuesday morning, I’ll be waking up in a country I’ve never been to before and seeing things I’ve only seen pictures of. I’ve got some fun things planned for Iceland already stay turned for those. Thursday morning, I’ll be heading the Edinburgh to watch my best friend marry the love of her life and see some of my favorite people in the world. After that, I’m catching a train to my favorite city in the world. The next few weeks have some big adventures and event, but I can’t imagine a better way to start this journey.

Tomorrow morning, I’ll wake up and grab my bags and go. I’m excited, nervous, thrilled, sad, and completely terrified…but also ready for this. I wanted to keep this post short, but I did want everyone to know where I was…currently USA…Three countries in the next 36 hours…starting the adventure!!

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Thank you everyone for you endless love and support. I would’t be able to do this without knowing I had so much support behind me.

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50

Here it is…the final count down! AAAHHHHHH!!!

It’s crazy to think that this was something I was dreaming about doing a year ago, and now it’s a reality, coming in hot. It’s been a tough road of trying to figure out how to do this and what would happen. I’ll be honest, I’m still up some nights wondering if I’m crazy for doing this or not. I’ve just sort of accepted that it is pretty crazy, but I don’t regret any of it. Some days, I’m more overcome with nerves and fears of what will happen when I’m away. Other days, I’m so excited I can’t contain it.

I leave in 50 days (OH MY GOD) from Toronto to Reykjavik, Iceland. I’ve never really had an urge to go to Iceland until I figured out that it was cheap to fly there, and it was on the way to Scotland. Now that I am going there, I’m really pumped for it. I keep reading things about how beautiful it is there and how kind the people are. I’m only spending a couple days there but I’m really excited to go there and experience it all. I’m weirdly excited to go see the place where the two tectonic plates (North American and Eurasian) meet…my nerdy tendencies are not going away any time soon.

After Iceland, I’ll go to Scotland to see two of my best friends tie the knot. Then back to my favorite place in the world, London, before going onto mainland Europe. I am going to some familiar places, like London, that I’ve been to at least once before, but I’m also going to so many new places that I think it balances out. Plus, even though I have been to London three times already, including the five months I was there for my semester abroad, I always find something new there.

One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced so far is the reactions people have when I tell them about my travel plans. I have had some amazing reactions with people telling me they are supporting me all the way, but I’ve also had some really negative ones. The most common question I get is “Are you scared? I mean with everything going on over there…” and that concerned look that has a lot of judgement behind it.

To put it simply, I’m nervous, not scared. Believe me, I am more aware of what is happening in the world than people realize, but I can’t let that stop me. I think that if you live a life without taking risks, you aren’t really living. I’ve been talking to other long term travels and they have the same experiences, but they all have told me that the supportive people are the ones to focus on. They believe in you and are so proud of what you’re doing for yourself that you start to forget the negative comments.

So I’m putting the negative reactions and my nerves aside and diving in head first. I might throw up before I get on the plane, but it’ll be fine. I’m so thankful for all the people who are supporting me and cheering me on from all over the world, and I’m so proud of myself for not flaking out like I normally would. This might be the only chance I have to do something like this or go to these places so I’m going to take advantage of it.

Wish me luck!

-110

It’s currently 10:30pm and I am surrounded by travel guides and scraps of paper with travel dreams scribbled out on them. In exactly 110 days, I’ll be starting my great adventure and taking off on the most terrifying/thrilling year (or more) of my life.

 

I’m trying to plan out my travels, this blog, and the remaining 110 days I have in this country. Am I freaking out? Yes. Am I excited? Yes. I’m trying not to let my anxiety get the better of me and go about all of this calmly. It’s tough to do some daily things when anxiety threatens to take over at any time, but thats just the thing. Yes, it can take over you, but you can also learn to roll with it. I’ve been trying to either ride it out, like when you’re body surfing in the ocean and you’re just riding on a wave, or not let it get me. It’s tough to do both of these things, but this trip will definitely be the test for it all.

 

Now for the good stuff…

 

First stop…..CANADA!

I’m joking…sort of. Since I live so close to the Canadian border, and flights out are so much cheaper, I decided to fly out of Toronto.

From Toronto, I’m flying to…ICELAND!!!

Originally I was going to fly straight to Edinburgh, but it is actually cheaper to fly to Iceland, spend two days there, fly to Edinburgh, and spend four days there. I never thought I would want to go to Iceland, but when the opportunity presented itself, who was I to say no? This has been such  joy to plan out. I’ll be in Iceland for two days and I already have the long days filled with fun activities. While I’m only spending two days there, I thinkI have a pretty decent plan.

Day one will be exploring Reykjavik, day two is a day tour I found online. I’ll be sure to tell you all about it once I actually get there.

After my two days galavanting around the green island of Iceland, I’ll fly to Edinburgh for the wedding. Now, I’ve been to Edinburgh a couple times before but there are still a few things I want to do there. Thankfully I’ll have a day there before my friends arrive from the states and wedding festivities ensue. It’ll be so fun to hang out in Edinburgh and immerse myself in all it has to offer!

More travel details to come…

 

Look, I know this isn’t the most thrilling blog post, but this is my outlet. I had to share my excitement with someone so why not you, whoever you are? I’m so excited to take off on this trip and the few people I have told about it are excited for me as well. When I was playing around with this idea beforeI was greeted with a lot of negativity. Keeping this to myself has been a huge challenge, but it’s been beneficial because I haven’t wanted to back out. It’s kind of sad that I can be so easily influenced, and that is something I would love to change about myself. If you’re reading still, all I really want you to take away is that other people don’t define you, only you can do that. If you want to do something, go for it and do whatever it takes to do it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something or don’t deserve something. Take my advice with a grain of salt, but stay on this journey with me and I promise I’ll make it entertaining.

 

-M