It happens almost every 3 to 4 months. Someone or something presents me a chance for a trip some place. The people who know me know that I am interested in traveling to just about any place on the planet. Most recently the offer was to travel to Cambodia and Vietnam at some point this coming year.
Most of the time the answer is Hell Yes, and then either my own ambitions take over, the time they want to go isn’t combatible with the school calendar or I am so far in debt that springing for a $4,000 dollar trip right now would not be a smart idea. Being an adult sucks some times. Being spontaneous and having a long term plan do not really match up some times.
The plan for this year included a trip to B.C. with my sister to try out living with a truck camper for two weeks. We had planed to travel from Vancouver to Whistler and spend a couple of days mountain biking, from there head over to Vancouver Island and go whale watching and explore the rainforest. I was excited to show my sister a part of the world that I know she would love.
And then the dentist happened. They always seem to provide the worst and most expensive news possible. My tooth needed to be removed and the best option for it is to have an implant. The cost of the entire process is more than the cost of renting an RV. So decision making time…. have a permanent gap where a very big tooth used to be or do the better long term option, not really a choice is it.
I guess it is time for some Adulting. The temptations for just saying #@$% it and go are such as a driving force over the last few years. I really want to go to all of these. Maybe just a motorbike trip this summer (oh ya…. did I mention heading east on the bike again??). Lets see how well I can do :).
This year my sister got me possibly the coolest gift that I have recieved in a long time. Those who know me understand how important maps are to my life. Along with a good photo, they are in my opinion a fanstistic form of art. So this past season my sister got me a map that allows you to scratch off the places you have been to.
Scratch Map gift from my sister! Best Gift Ever!
Now the question is, What determines where I have been? Some countries are small enough that visiting one or two major cities would be enough to say you have been there but in the large countries such as Canada this just is not the case. So in order to know where I should scratch there needs to be some rules.
In order to determine if I have visited a place I need to have spent a night there or have traveled through it via some land based transportation (on my motorbike trip to Alaska I rode across Manitoba twice without staying the night…. I think I can still count Manitoba on my list of visited places though!). For countries large enough to show up on a world map with separate provinces or states entire countries can not be crossed off. This means that while I have been to the USA many times there are still some states I need to go to still as well as some provinces and territories in Canada. The final rule in this process is that there is no time frame that restricts this, in other words my travels as a kid with my parents count.
And so, today I have spent an amazing time scratching off the places I have been. Each place has a story based on fond memories. And what have I learnt? Well beating my sister in our race to get to all 7 continents first will be a challenge and second is that for a person that some think travels a lot there is way too little of the world that I have been.
If you are interested in your own map check them out at scratchmap.com
I was just watching one of my favorite Youtube channels CGPGrey and was reminded how much I tend not to believe in making New Years Resolutions, and that is to say he said it and I agree. There are so many statistics about what date most resolutions are broken by that I am amazed anyone even continues this tradition. So maybe instead of making resolutions lets call these goals that would be a good idea to accomplish before I head off on the trip.
Learn Some Spanish
Truthfully I sort of started this process last January. I signed up for a course at Sheridan Collage. Thing is that I found the course frustrating. Most of the class (myself included) felt self consious about speaking, so we really didn’t do it much. At the same time the course was designed primarily with the focus of achieving marks rather than learning the language. I am sure that my best education will come when I am amongst native speakers and there is a large part of me that is thinking that signing up for a language class during the first few weeks of the trip would be a good idea but something tells me a few words would be ideal.
Loose Some Weight
Hands up if this is also a resolution that you have just made! For me it is long standing goal which tends to be interrupted by work. I find that in summers I do tend to loose weight but once the school year starts up again I end up at a desk until late into the night and the weight comes back (he said taping away at a keyboard again…). The summers have the added bonus of my friends coming out of hibernation and mountain biking starting up again. I would like to be in better shape for the trip South. I am going to be far from my doctor and I would rather not have the need in places that I wont be familier with.
So thats it. Better make it simple before this becomes ridiculous. Any goals that you can think of?