Journey to happiness.
Hi lovely travel friends
I am happy to share my travel experience with you and how I decided to do a 3 months solo trip across Southeast Asia, here we go! This will probably end up being a long novel, so in case you get bored feel free to stop reading at any time!
My passion for traveling
Traveling was probably always part of me. When I finished school I wanted to work and travel for 6 months in New Zealand. My mom wasn’t very happy about that so we had a deal that I’d apply to only one university – if they take me immediately I’d start to study – if not I’d work & travel for 6 months on the other side of the world. Well, I got accepted and ended up traveling for 4 weeks instead of 6 months across New Zealand.
Travel vs. Life
In 2007 I started to study and suddenly there were all these things that kept me from traveling: exams, internships, getting an apartment, having a boyfriend, not earning enough money and so on. Once I finally earned enough money, I only had limited time to travel. Don’t get me wrong every year I went on vacation but in my opinion 2 weeks vacation can never be compared with 2-3 months traveling solo.
It seemed like there was never the right time to go on a longer trip. When I thought about traveling I had this ideal way of traveling in my mind. I wanted to share the experience of traveling either with my boyfriend or a friend. I am a people person and love to have company, especially when I experience something nice I’d like to share it with someone so that we can look back to that happy moment we shared.
The problem is it’s already hard for yourself to find the “right” time to travel and it’s even harder to rely on other people to travel with you. I guess you know what I am talking about.
Where I am coming from…
Ladies, to understand better where I am coming from: I am 28 years old, German and graduated a masters degree in business administration, sports leisure & culture management in 2014. I got my first job in Dubai with my brother’s e-commerce startup. I definitely learned a lot and the experience I gained was incredible, and I wouldn’t change any of it. On the other hand it was super stressful as I lived and worked with my brother which means work was constantly present. We worked a lot and I got to a point were I couldn’t handle the stress level anymore. When I left Germany in September 2014 I was still in a relationship which was for me the real thing, but the more time passed I felt we both grew in different directions, it simply didn’t feel like it was right for me anymore. After 4.5 years we ended our relationship and soon after that I found my soul mate in Dubai. The problem was I was in such a bad place mentally and very unhappy that I tried to find happiness from him. Which didn’t work out. After six months he broke up with me and I was badly heartbroken. So here I was – lost in life, heartbroken and very unhappy, I didn’t know how to feel happy.
You alone have to take the decision
I always knew the fire for traveling burns within me and my biggest dream was to do a world trip – one day. Sometimes bad things have to happen in your life in order for you to wake up and get you out of your rigidity. It’s necessary to bring you to a point where you have to leave your comfort zone. Everyone tells you real life starts when you leave your comfort zone, and it’s so true.
My life wasn’t particularly bad but something was missing. I wasn’t happy. From one day to another I decided that I have to change this fact. I am healthy, have a loving family, awesome friends, I had a job and didn’t have to worry about money; so why wasn’t I happy?
This question was haunting me. I wanted to be truly happy, just on my own from the inside. Since I asked myself that question 6 months have passed and today I can say I am truly happy with myself, my life, my decisions. Actually I feel like I could burst out of joy and happiness. It’s hard to put into words what I feel. I feel balanced, centered in my life and so very happy just being on my own. It all started with tiny steps, to overcome some fears, test my own limits and be open for what is out there in this world.
Embrace every experience
Elephant nature park – Chiang Mai, Thailand
I recommend this project to everyone, more information www.elephantnaturepark.org
To get this perfect shot of an elephant splashing water at himself – I had also to sleep 7 nights in the jungle on a 3cm thick mattress, “enjoy” ice cold showers, a toilet outside with lots of spiders and mosquitoes. My body was full of mosquito bites and it was raining 90% of the time. My clothes were wet, even the hut we slept in was wet and we all were covered in mud. It sounds insane, but this was one of the best experiences during my trip.I gained new friends, shared amazing moments first with strangers whom later became friends.
Pure joy and happiness
What I discovered is amazing. I truly hope everyone finds this happiness for her-/ himself one day. Dare something. Take risks. Live your life today, every day!
I am grateful for all the people I’ve met along my journey. Sharing beautiful moments, deep conversations and moving emotions with you is key to happiness for me. You’re all one piece of the puzzle to happiness for me.
Story by Daniela from @danicentonze
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