Archive | December, 2011

Cheers to a New Year

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Pisco Sour with glacier ice in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

While I’m writing this post, I’m sitting on a plane to Buenos Aires – where I’m spending New Year’s Eve before returning back to Europe, in just 3 more days. Time flies quickly when you’re having a good time, and as such, my 2 weeks in Patagonia have unfortunately come to an end.

I’m leaving the land of patagones with 3 cameras full of memories, an overweighted suitcase carrying pisco and alfajores and a big smile on my face. I feel fresh and new, ready to jump in to whatever 2012 may bring!

I wish you all a Happy New Year!

My Priorities (or Why I’m Not a Full Time Travel Blogger)

Sailing Boat in Formentera, Spain

Many blogs that fall into my weekly reads are written by amazing bloggers that have left their sedentary lives aside to travel the World. Many of them have even become professional nomads – living for and from travel.

This has left me thinking about what I’ve prioritized in life. I chose a master degree instead of traveling, the year the banking sector started to crumble down. I chose a challenging job in a city I never thought I’d feel happy in. And then, when I finally felt at home in this city, I chose to accept the office transfer to London and start all over again. Yes, I’m a career girl – and not an adventure seeker or a world traveler.

I have a home address in London, a rental contract and pay taxes. A gym membership. A favorite bar. I have a full time job which I like, that is not even slightly related to travel (or photography or food, as a matter of fact). And yet, I’m here – writing about travel.

I’m not the going to tell you that life is too short to spend it in the office. Nor will I convince you to sell your stuff and reduce your life to a 40L backpack. Basically, because I don’t do this either. Instead, I travel on my allowed vacation days, regularly escape over the weekends and, most importantly, I chose to slow travel as an expat.

What I am trying to tell you with this is that having one thing doesn’t have to exclude the other. It’s not a battle between your career and travel. Nor are you obliged to choose between owning 30 pairs of shoes and seeing the world. You don’t need to be location-independent to truly enjoy your time abroad. You don’t have to be adventurous or settled. You can be it all.

It’s only a matter of finding the right way to travel for each of us – and don’t fool yourself, no way is better than the other.