Day 355: Iquique, Peru
In the last 11.5 months I’ve evolved.
While I was previously a type A corporate drone with a mission to make sure everyone did what they needed to on time and on budget, I’ve learned to let it all go.
My plans have been non-existent. I allow serendipity to guide my way and I rarely know how long I’m staying in one place or where I’ll be the next week.
But something has been creeping up on me.
I have hit the 3 month left mark to return to Canada for the Summer. This sense of freedom has been slipping and is being replaced with old type-A Ayngelina. The one who traveled to South East Asia with a calendar of where she would be each day, the one who gets annoyed when people are late, the one who would feel anxious but couldn’t figure out why.
I have always had plans but they were so distant that I could push them to the back of my mind. But once I hit the 3 month mark I realized I needed to start thinking about my future:
My immediate future includes Northern Chile and Argentina. It’s also my immediate stress. I spent no less than 2 months in previous South American countries and the thought of only having until the end of May makes me feel rushed.
You think I’m crazy. I know.
But the secret to long-term travel while maintaining sanity is to stay at each place a long time. So while in Mexico I thought 4 days in any city was an eternity, now I find staying less than a week to be a rush.
Also I have unrealistic expectations.
My original plan was to head back up to Bogota and fly to Vancouver but now I’m starting to think a week straight of buses is not ambitious but asinine.
I haven’t made a decision on that yet but whatever I do, I need to be in Vancouver the second weekend in June for the Travel Bloggers Exchange Conference. There are too many travel bloggers I now consider friends, but have never met, and I cannot pass up this opportunity.
From there, I’m joining forces with the GlobetrotterGirls for the great Canadian road trip to Nova Scotia. I haven’t seen a lot of Canada so I will be their bumbling guide as we try to make our way East.
I’ll then spend the rest of the summer with my family in Nova Scotia, sharing the best of the province and showing you there’s more to us than just Peggy’s Cove.
Next my path could go one of two ways.
1) I really want to participate in the Ultimate Train Challenge. It’s a cross-continent race from Lisbon to Saigon all completed in a month only on trains. We’re raising money for charity and it’s an adventure of a lifetime.
Alas I can only do this if we get sponsored so it’s all very much up in the air.
2) If I can’t swing the challenge I’m coming back down to South America sooner.
But I don’t know where yet because South America is where I learned life is better unplanned.