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How I Found Freedom
By Melissa White
I should start by saying I have a THING for travel. For some people it’s shoes, others handbags, for me it’s the smell and the feel of a country the second I step off the plane. I have spent two years backpacking, and I’m fortunate to have travelled to almost every continent and over 55 countries and counting. It’s a pretty serious hobby.
There are countless clichés and sayings about travel. Sitting here to write this article (on a plane funnily enough) the difficulty isn’t in finding something to write about, the difficulty is finding one particular element to hone in. Narrowing down from all the things I could share from my experiences that would be most useful, provide an insight or give you the inspiration to travel.
The first thing that comes to mind is when I first arrived in Sydney as a fresh faced 19 year old. I was with my best friend and we had arranged to stay in her cousin’s flat in Bondi Beach when we first arrived. We arrived in style, got to the flat, unpacked and then just looked at each other. We were on the other side of the world, hurrah! but what the hell were we actually meant to do?
You see for many of us travel is the first opportunity where we actually own our time, our decisions, the make- up of our day. There is nowhere to be, no one to please, no work to jump out of bed for, no train to run for. It can be incredibly overwhelming for travellers at first; we’re not used to having such choice, such freedom in our everyday lives.
It’s this freedom that defines travel for me. Owning the experience, choosing what to learn, what to experience, the people you socialise with, the hostel you stay in, the length of time you spend somewhere. Waking up in one place and deciding to change hostel, city or even country and then having the ability to pick up and go at a second’s notice. Sitting down for breakfast and talking to a fellow traveller that offers up a day trip somewhere unexpected and deciding to join. It’s an experience totally defined by your own needs, desires and passions.
Having the opportunity to spend a year travelling in Latin America as a 28 year old I realised the benefit of this freedom even more. Having spent several years in a high profile job I was sucked into the rat race you could say, onto the treadmill and in a routine that many of us find ourselves trapped in. Travel offers the chance to embrace freedom and reconnect to who you are fundamentally. It gives you the opportunity to grow, discover, and re-think how you view the world and your place within it. And it’s all on your terms.
There’s a popular saying that travel is the only thing you spend your money on that makes you richer, I couldn’t agree more.
Melissa White is the founder of naked, THE coaching service for successful women in high pressure jobs who have found themselves thinking “there must be more to life than this!”. naked adventures is her unique offer which combines trekking the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu with powerful coaching to evoke truly life changing experiences.