I was keyed up with a mixture of anticipation, excitement and anxiousness as we set off on our European adventure.
Don’t ask me why, maybe it’s my age. But anyway, let’s say I was worrying about lots of little things.
Out of the comfort zone and into adventure
And I realise that I’d been happily lulled into a comfort zone within the safe confines of Western Australia where my daily routines were ordered and free from having to think about the where, what, when or hows of daily life.
But now on day three of our European odyssey I’m beginning to exhale. It’s ok, I haven’t forgotten anything too vital, I have adequate warm clothes, my toothbrush is packed, the hormone wotsits are deep in the depths of my suitcase, and most importantly my passport and credit cards are in a safe secret place which surprisingly I have remembered and even more importantly kept in a constant secret place!
So breathe. Yes, it’s possible.
I’m not the idiot I thought I’d become.
And for any of you contemplating a travel escapade then my advice is ‘just do it’ and don’t look for or at the problems – just go!
What was I worried about?
Worrying that people on the tour would be much younger than me.
Anxious that boats might sink.
Worried that I’ll not be fit enough for bicycling in Croatia – ditto, that people will be much younger than me.
Wondering what’s it all about? Being so privileged – being able to jet off to travel and enjoy a holiday when there are people starving in this world and struggling to survive. I am very grateful, but is that enough?
Would you worry about these sort of things? Are you like me capable of hiding cares and worries behind a smile?
What am I learning?
That travel broadens your horizons and gives you a different perspective on life.
That meeting new people from different walks of life is interesting and fun.
That people are younger than me (mostly) but that’s ok. I can still play the fool a little 😉
That travelling is not scary and it’s easily doable.
That the kids are perfectly capable of looking after themselves, and actually (I can’t believe this!) have not wanted or needed to Facebook me very much!)
That I can exist with very few personal things (I am actually under the 20kg baggage allowance – Yay!)
That mainly all I need can be packed in a day pack which I can carry as a rucksack. (I’ll be writing about this in a future post).
That Dave and I really do still enjoy being together – even after 27 years of marriage.
Until next time … Do you have a favourite spot in Europe, or where would you like to visit?