Picking A Travel Adventure

Hello again, blog world! Blogging on Friday seems to be working for me a lot. Theoretically, I’d like to make it a bit more frequent. Life is in the way though, so I’ll take what I can get! That life, while still throwing me curve balls out the wazoo, has slowly been shaping up. And my attitude has slowly been shaping up too. So we’re moving in the right direction!

Of course, I still think about travel constantly. It’s always in the back of my mind (or maybe that’s the front…). If I have a slump in my day, the first thing my mind goes to is travel. I still read travel blogs every single day and dream. My Lonely Planet “The Big Trip” guide is never too far from reach. I’m soaking up information from EVERYWHERE. And, while over the moon exciting, it’s also quite overwhelming.

Lonely Planet The Big Trip

This is what that beauty looks like. 😉

As I’ve said before, I’m in planning mode for travel. This can make blogging about travel a bit difficult, but here comes a process post! I’d love to have some input from you established travelers out there too!

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Option One: Drop Everything & Travel

I’ve been saving up for this travel venture for a few months now, expecting to go on a one-year trip to various places. How amazing would it be to discover myself through travel for a whole year? It sounds amazing to me! Until I start thinking about how long a year really is. And how I wouldn’t have any established income. Graduating with a Sport & Exercise Science degree will somehow allow me to work on the go…I would just have to figure that out!

Option Two: Travel A Few Months At A Time With A Home Base

Paul’s not planning on leaving Philadelphia for some time, so I’d always have somewhere to crash when I would decide to come home. Perhaps I can travel for a few months at a time and then return to make some more money. This would help with the money situation, the whole “I’m-in-a-relationship” thing, and it almost gives me an out if I can’t handle traveling seriously full time.

Option Three: Pick Up & Move

Living abroad doesn’t exactly turn my nose up in disgust, here. Teaching English in another country, becoming an au pair, volunteering, follow the seasonal job thang…I feel like I could do anything! I would like that it was a slower pace travel-wise, I think. And I’d still have a “home base” away from home if I want to travel outside of that. But I don’t know! A part of me wants to travel around and pick a place beforehand, but that part of me is probably just a scaredy cat afraid of commitment.

Option Four: Screw It & Stay In Philadelphia

Just kidding. I need to travel. This isn’t really an option for me right now. But it’s an option I suppose!

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Confusing

It’s enough to make a girl’s head spin!

Okay, now how the heck do you decide? I’m not feeling pulled in one direction (except the travel direction), so I don’t know where to go from here! Do any of you all have expert pro-con thoughts to help me out here? I know that ultimately I have to do what works for me, but I’m super curious as to what everybody else thinks! Or maybe you have some magic wand to help me decide?

This planning is an adventure in itself, but I love it. It gives me such a rush every time.

What’s your point of view on this “big trip?”