Thriving on Uncertainty

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Having a base in Toronto means figuring out how to balance my life here and on the road. I’d love to say it’s been an easy process but I have learned it means I have to live without certainty.

I love being here and I know this was the right thing to do. I have no regrets but my heart is still in Latin America.

I knew when I wrote my plan for the year of less that I needed to return to the culture that had changed me so much.

I owe so much to my time traveling in Latin America  and I need to return, to remember what I learned.

And so I have been quietly making plans to travel. I really wanted to return to Maui for the Agricultural Festival.

I met some incredible people there and I promised I would return. I’ve also been planning my return to South America.

I haven’t figured out all the details or how long I am going to go in total but I have pretty incredible news.

 

I’m going to the Galapagos

 

Ecuador is such a special place for me. I stayed there until the day my three month visa ran out and I never went to the Galapagos.

It has always been in the back of my mind to return and when approached by Exodus to work on a program with them I couldn’t turn down the opportunity.

I hate to be that person who brags about travel and I usually downplay trips, but my Galapagos program was amazing.

I’ll be honest, I’m not much on big bucket list trips – I don’t even want to go to Antarctica. But the Galapagos is different.

I have been writing about it as the About.com South America Guide without every experiencing it myself. It is like going back in time and seeing animals you cannot see anywhere else.

Perhaps the closest I’ll ever really get into the wild because I don’t like to hike and I’m not much of a camper.

I also like that it’s a cruise which helps with low-impact travel and uses the sail when possible. Exodus also has a number of programs in place to ensure their guides are advocates of sustainable tourism.

I did sail from Panama to Colombia and it was really dicey the last few days as I realized I don’t have sea legs. But that was a 30ft boat and this one is 96ft.

 

Galapagos

And so these past few days I’ve been online researching what I need to bring, and while all of the images of sea lions, blue-footed boobies, turtles and rays were cool I was still so focused on the other details in my life…should I go down before the trip? should I stay afterwards? what about this marketing contract I was offered?

But it wasn’t until I saw this video that I realized…

 

 

Holy crap. I’m going to the Galapagos. 

 

The rest will fall into place. I’m certain of that.

 

 

 

 

Join the Conversation

  1. This is the kind of trip you should shout from the rooftops about, it sounds incredible!

  2. Caroline Eubanks says:

    Looks beautiful! Can’t wait to hear about it.

  3. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures says:

    Oh I am soooooo jealous!!! Congrats what an awesome trip! Definitely high on my BL.

  4. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) says:

    I was in the Galapagos in 2001 and it still stands out in my mind as one of the most special places I have ever visited. Enjoy! I look forward to seeing the pics!

  5. Also so jealous! Can’t wait to read about it!

  6. OH my god this is AMAZING! I’m so excited for you and jelous at the same time!! xxx

  7. Love that video but OMG!! Octopus! Not thanks!! hahaha Too bad you won’t get to see Lonesome George when you are there like they did, he passed away last year. I hope you have an awesome time, its high on my bucket list!! Exciting!

  8. Soooo happy and excited for you, hunni! Oh my gosh, the Galapagos are definitely on my list of ‘must see’ so I can’t wait to read about your experience there. 😀

  9. A Montrealer Abroad (@amontrealer) says:

    Ohhh that sounds like fun! Have fun in the Galapagos, can’t wait to read about it.

  10. That video is cool, but it doesn’t even come close to doing the Galapagos justice. You will not regret this decision for a second! I’m so excited for you!

  11. I already told you how happy I am for you but I will say it again, congratulations! I am not one for bucket list travel either but the galapagos are most certainly a dream of mine.

  12. A Cook Not Mad (Nat) says:

    Fun times ahead! Are those octopodes endangered or can you grill them up? 😉

  13. Wow, I’m so excited for you! As I write this I’m finishing up a ‘photographic guide’ to the Galapagos, as I just finally finished going through our 4,000+ photos! It’ll go up tonight.
    If you’re doing the 11 day cruise, you’ll get to see almost everything including the more remote islands that we didn’t make it to. It’s such an inspiring place, I’m so happy for you!

  14. Wow! Your trip looks amazing! I’m super jealous. Can’t wait to see all your pictures and read about your adventure!

  15. Amazing. I’d love to go here and experience all of it. I can’t wait to read about your experiences.

  16. Jonathan Look, Jr. says:

    Galapagos! Congratulations. Seriously considering moving home base to Ecuador next year. Can’t wait for the opportunity.

  17. This sounds soo exciting! I am really looking forward to sharing this trip through your posts. And yes, eventually everything will fall into place.

  18. Galapagos would be my dream come true destination. Would love to explore the area and enjoy the stunning view of the flora and fauna.

  19. Hooray, the Galapagos! Say hello to the Sea Lions for me. It is the first, and only, place I’ve returned to on my world travels. I’ll be back later this year to work/hang out for a month or so. I think you should really take me with you, given my expertise, haha. If you squeezed any extra time to stay on land, let me know. I can suggest some places to eat on San Cristobal and Santa Cruz….have fun, although you might not like the Sierra Negra volcano hike!

  20. sweet ass!

  21. I’ll happily act as a valet and carry your bags on this trip.

  22. Wow I would love to see the Galapagos! Can’t wait to read all about it 🙂

  23. How wonderful to let life take you on a current and not think about what comes after. This is an amazing opportunity. It’s been on my list for a while now!

  24. South America gets under our skin:) Look forward to hearing from you.

    ps: if you decide to go to Brazil, please, let me know (I am still else where, but I have got great friends there that may help you).

    Love,
    Silvia

  25. Lauren, Ephemerratic says:

    Super jealous. I don’t put much into bucket lists, but the Galapagos always sounds like a great destination.

  26. Emily in Chile says:

    What an amazing opportunity!

  27. Casey-A Cruising Couple says:

    I”m a sucker for bucket lists of any sort, but the Galapagos sound incredible no matter what! My sister-in-law is there now and her pictures make me want to jump on a plane now 🙂

  28. Antoinette says:

    I am loving that video! So excited for you about Galapagos! Speaking of South America, I totally understand as it has become like second home to me and I have developed quite an attachment for this continent like no other. I just got back from Peru, and will be flying back to Colombia in two weeks. I can’t get away!

  29. Martine @ Chompchomp says:

    Wow! What an amazing trip this one will be. I am looking forward to reading about all your advertures

  30. Kristin Addis says:

    I know what you mean about needing to return somewhere to remember what you learned. I felt like I gained so much perspective in Asia, only to lose it when I got to a western country again – Australia. I am so excited to be going back!

    Jealous about Galapagos. I WILL go one day. SOON!

  31. Tammy Burns says:

    Congratulations! This is so well-deserved and you’re not bragging, in my opinion – or if you are, you have every right to be. Enjoy, celebrate and be proud of this experience. I think it’s absolutely fantastic, and am excited to read about your adventures!

  32. We didn’t get to go the last time we were down there either.

    *swoon* THE DIVING!

  33. You know what Ayngelina? I’m jealous. Again. But, there is a very small chance of me going there this year too… 🙂

  34. This is definitely on my list! Please tell the blue-footed booby I’m coming some day soon. . . 😉

  35. Micamyx|Senyorita says:

    I’m jealous! For now, I will settle in gallivanting around Cebu – another place you adore 😛 Looking forward to your Galapagos adventures! Go girl 😀

  36. HUGELY jealous, my friend!!! Have fun!!!!!

  37. WOW! I cannot wait to read about this. Such a special experience. Your itinerary looks amazing!

  38. Sebastian @ Off-The-Path.com says:

    I’m sooooo sooo jealous! I haven’t been to South America and this would be one of the top destinations I’d like to go to!

    2014 is going to be my South America year!

    I can’t wait to read your stories and see your pictures!

  39. Camels & Chocolate says:

    Yay, you are going to absolutely love it! I was there for Semester at Sea last year and fell in love. Can’t wait to see your photos!

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