I’m in the middle of a 25 hour flight to Bali, Indonesia. How did this happen? Just a few weeks ago I was looking for a new apartment and planning my future. Well…that’s exactly what happened. I wasn’t quite ready for that. There were some things I needed to do and places I needed to explore first.
A huge part of who I am today has come from living in other countries and exploring other cultures. I wouldn’t even say that I enjoy traveling so much as I love being in other places for long periods of time. Enough time to become accustomed to the culture, to meet friends, to start to feel at home. I’m not entirely sure how it happened, but ever since I got my first passport that desire has never left me. Maybe it all began on my first adventure out of the country. I travelled to Sweden for a month after high school to visit a friend. I stayed with her family, we ate good Swedish food, hung out on her family estate, visited places you wouldn’t find as tourist. I became friends with her friends. They tried to teach me Swedish. I wasn’t so successful, but it was fun never the less. The whole experience was rich with culture and family and it was like nothing I had ever experienced before. And something I wanted to continue to experience over and over again.
Since that experience I’ve lived in London and Australia and visited a few other countries. There are so many places that I would like to visit that I sometimes become overwhelmed. And that’s when I take a step back, because that’s not what this is about for me. As much as I love being abroad, I also love being at home, surrounded by my friends and family. I have a great training environment at home and I love every minute of it. So right now, I’m headed to Bali for a month. Because two weeks ago I texted a friend who lives there and owns a gym and told him I was coming to visit. We had chatted briefly in July about his new gym and I told him I’d come when he opened it. He probably didn’t think I was serious. Heck I didn’t know if I was serious. But it sounded fun. So when I realized for the first time in a while I had a solid month with no obligations or competitions, I knew it was the ideal time to go. And I would also need to leave in two weeks. So I got online and booked a flight.
I had one minor dilemma. My passport had expired. Nothing like booking a trip out of the country and realizing you won’t be allowed on the plane. I went to the post office to get a passport but they told me it wouldn’t arrive in time for my trip and that my only option was to go to the San Francisco Passport Agency to have it expedited. Apparently they can process them very quickly. So I did that. It was supposed to arrive in 3-5 business days. But of course it couldn’t be that simple. It ended up taking a bit longer and arrived only 3 days before my flight. But it arrived never the less! Lucky me.
So a trip on a whim and I’m headed to Indonesia for the first time. I’m excited and a little nervous. This is the first trip I’ve made this far alone. But I’m glad I bit the bullet and I’m anxious to see what awaits!