A few weeks ago, I returned from being on the road for six months travelling along the southern hemisphere of America, from Ushuaia in Argentina to the zero latitude mark in Ecuador. As I emptied out my backpack, it felt incredibly strange to find nothing in it after months and months of coexistence with this loyal travel mate. To be honest, though, it wasn’t really empty. It was full and rich with experiences, moments, situations, anecdotes and lessons learned which have helped me grow as a person and will probably stay with me for the rest of my living days.
I wish to share my two bits of advice with you. On the one hand, use a notebook, a diary if you will, to jot down contacts, suggestions, places to stay, visit and eat, movies to see, anything that comes into your head. With time, your notes will acquire greater significance. On the other hand, let me recommend returning home with some cash so that you don’t have to rush out looking for a job, and you have time to get acclimated to home again and assimilate all those feelings you experienced during your trip.
The most important thing to recall, however, is to embark on a trip of this kind without a preconceived plan for the trip or after. This way you’ll be able to travel and develop new skills, asking yourself questions and finding answers to them along the way that perhaps might not come to you if you were to visualize things beforehand.
Thanks for keeping me company on this blog. Lots of hugs, Xabi.