Life has meddled more than we’d planned for and at first, these unforeseen situations clouded over us, yet we’ve slowly started to realize that without these mishaps, we wouldn’t be able to look back and laugh at ourselves.

O nce we had our 6 month travel route roughly figured out, the excitement slowly started to brew and along with it was the unprecedented expectation of how it was all going to pan out. The wanderlust led to mini movies we’d play out in our heads of how it was going to go, so much so that it took us by great surprise when the reality didn’t follow the story line we’d created. We’d imagine endless freedom with little care or worry throughout our whole trip as we ventured through Asia down to New Zealand and Australia. Despite much planning and organisation, the high expectations we had for every place meant we were so unprepared for what we would encounter along the way.

Despite the constant change and waves of emotion, I finally understand that by getting lost is when you find yourself. Or when you’re pushed to your limits, only then do you realise just how much you’re capable of. The feeling of discomfort has pushed me to tears, yet without those moments I wouldn’t have grown. I expected travel to be eye opening, yet I wasn’t ready to have my eyes open to the dangerous levels of pollution and poverty in South East Asia. I also expected excitement, yet I wasn’t prepared to be hit by two typhoons, nor near a volcano eruption. I also expected to feel free but I wasn’t prepared to be let down when our original road trip through New Zealand didn’t work out. Life has meddled more than we’d planned for and at first, these unforeseen situations clouded over us, yet we’ve slowly started to realise that without these mishaps, we wouldn’t be able to look back and laugh at ourselves. Through brief moments of confusion comes new and exciting ideas that allows you to fully trust in the idea that things have a funny way of working themselves out, so it’s worth slowing down and enjoying the ride.

The reality of travelling has not been easy nor freeing in the way we had expected, yet it’s been an experience I wouldn’t change for the world. It’s taught us the invaluable lesson of appreciating what we have. We’re both healthy, happy and lucky to be travelling the world together and that in itself will always be bigger than any of our daily worries and troubles. It’s been full of messy bits, but if everything did go to how we planned, what would be the fun in that?

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