most people, I've had addictions in my life.. some have been "socially
acceptable," and some have not. ;-)
But of all of these addictions, TRAVEL
has always given me the most reward. No matter what my mood, journeys outside
the comfort of my home country have always lifted my spirits and expanded my
mind. (With absolutely no chemical additives!) I've been fortunate enough to
step foot on very continent on Earth, and learned much about life from trips to
Antarctica to the Amazon, Egypt to the Andes and more. I have met wonderful people, and they are
forever part of who I am now (for better or worse!) .
But the more you travel, the more you realize how little you really know. It
only leaves you wanting more. Yes, travel is a powerful addiction, indeed.
But it has been many years since my partner and I last traveled completely
around the world in one journey (1995, to be exact). During that trip, Mano and
I strapped on our backpacks and traveled through Europe
and Asia with no plans, and very little cash.
It was the thrill of a lifetime.
But we were younger then, and I was much less cranky. At 44, I really need to
see if a 'mega-journey' still has the allure that it once did. I need to know
if I can still DO IT... can I even survive without hot showers, air
conditioning, and Tivo reruns of Judge Judy
and CSI? Are my adventure days behind me?
This is my 45th birthday present to myself. Time to indulge my addiction. Time
for my fix!