Plot Twist! Africa…

//Plot Twist! Africa…

Plot Twist! Africa…

I love the expression that goes something like: “When things don’t work out the way you planned, just yell ‘PLOT TWIST’ and move on.”
This has been the theme of my life the last year, and I’m totally okay with it.
Change, flexibility and openness all leads to more growth- something I want to run towards (not away from).  Through all that has lead me to this journey I’ve taken and all that has transpired since I left, I have learned to find confidence in the path.  I keep faith in the road before me- even though I often can’t see more than a few steps ahead of me.  I’ve learned to value the twists and turns and unexpected avenues.  It’s all part of the experience.  It’s all part of this roller coaster of a journey I’m on- and I wouldn’t dare get off yet.
I’m almost 9 months into my year of travel and (up until the other day) I had a set plan for my final 4 months abroad.  I planned to spend May through August in South East Asia.  I even had plans for someone special to meet me in Singapore.
Everything looked good… But something was tugging away at me inside.  Something wasn’t right as I continued down the planned path.  I stopped feeling happy and excited when I researched where in SE Asia I would go next.  Usually looking up flights is exciting for me- but something shifted.
When I came back from Greece and Ireland last month, Thailand felt different to me.  I felt like I was suffocating in Bangkok (a city I LOVE) after breathing in all the open air of Ireland.

Look at the difference…you can see why I went into shock overload, right?

 


Walking around the city in Bangkok this time, I felt overheated to my core after the perfect cool temperatures in Greece.  Everything felt different this time around (this being my FIFTH time back to Thailand)- and not for the better.  I longed to be elsewhere but couldn’t figure out where or why or how.
My gut was trying to tell me something and every second that I ignored it, new stresses kept coming at me.
I’ve been talking about getting in sync with what I call my “internal compass” for months now.  It’s that thing we all look to inside to help us make a decision. It’s our gut, our intutiion, our sixth sense.  Mine has become my main source of direction these days- a massive improvement over my previous lifestyle where I relied mostly on my head and my ego to call the shots.  Now, I lean completely on…or into, rather, my internal compass to direct me on where my next steps should be.
My plan to stay in South East Asia was not in line with what my internal compass was telling me.  Even though it is the safest and smartest financial decision to stay in South East Asia, I didn’t come all this way to be ignoring my gut instincts.  I was (am) being drawn somewhere completely different.
As I’ve sat down and looked at flights countless times over my last 8 months, South Africa constantly came to my mind.  I brushed it off and said I would “visit Africa another time- another year.”  But why does it have to be another time or another year?
So I sat down (and listened to my internal compass) and reworked my budget.  Can I afford to go to Africa?  If I tweak a couple things in my budget, turns out I absolutely can!
Am I ready for a completely new continent like Africa?  Yep!  Do I need to meet any specific visa requirements or immunization records?  Nope!
So, why the hell not?
Click, click, booked!  Done.
It’s amazing what’s possible when you listen to your gut or your “inner compass.”
As soon as I even began looking up the flights to Cape Town I got that familiar feeling… Excited butterflies followed by pure bliss when I was issues my E-ticket.  And THAT is what keeps me on track.  I know I’m going the right direction when I get that feeling.
I like to think I’m mastering an art.  The art of following your intuition and staying true to yourself.
And thanks to my strong (and now very loud) internal compass, tonight I’ll be flying to South Africa.
Onward.  ✈️

By |2016-05-03T07:57:05+00:00May 3rd, 2016|Solo Female Travel|0 Comments

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On August 14th, 2015 I left my life in the United States behind with the intention to never look back. I had the "American Dream" and I woke up from it, to create a new reality for myself. I sought out beauty in a world that was increasingly dark for me at the time and ended up finding more than I bargained for. With only a backpack, I traveled across Europe, South East Asia and then on to Africa. With over 30 countries stamped in my passport, I've become an entirely new version of myself with a broader perspective on what it means to be a woman in today's world. My hope is that by sharing my stories and featuring women like me from around the world, we can inspire others to break down their own internal barriers and go cross a few international borders while they're at it. I truly believe travel can be healing to a troubled soul, empowering to the lost and rejuvenating for the exhausted. Perspective is everything, and I believe in the power of "going global," what about you? SheGoesGlobal.net is a site that started out with my stories and grew into a platform for women all around the world to tell their travel tales of trials and triumph. We all believe that the more you see of the world, the better you can be as a person who inhabits it. Women encouraging other women to grow, travel, evolve- that's what SGG is all about. ---> Read my very first blog post (see "Archives" for August 2015) to learn how this all began.

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  1. Sophie May 4, 2016 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Hope you have an awesome time! Spontaneity is always fun 🙂
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  2. Natasha Nikole May 5, 2016 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    You’re amazing! I’ve zero doubt you made the right decision <3

  3. Lauren May 18, 2016 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Love this! Sounds like I have found a kindred spirit 🙂 Always follow your inner compass.

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