“We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace”
Eat Pray Love
I believe apart of all of us wishes we could disappear by ourselves and go on a budget free adventure. What an amazingly freeing and life changing experience that would be. If given the opportunity I would travel around the beautiful country of South Africa. Just me, a journal and for once in my life a small luggage. Honestly, apart of me would be terrified and over thinking every little thing. How does a woman with slight social anxieties and the uncontrollable urge to plan everything accomplish something so out of character? Look, I have no idea. However, I would do it anyway.
What would I possibly do in South Africa?
I think an important aspect of my trip would be the balance between adventure, relaxation and the learning experience. Something I’ve never done before, is hiking. However, I can imagine how worth it it would be to hike the Wild Coast. What better way to see a perfect view, take a deep breath and reflect on life. Be one with nature! Something else I wouldn’t miss for the world, is a safari tour. I love Disney’s Animal Kingdom, so this would have to be an even greater experience.
For moments of relaxation, there are tree-house hotels, markets, wineries and of course the local cuisine. I don’t want to miss a thing. Listen to me, wine and food are very important to make this thing successful. What could possibly make the soul happier? Isn’t that what this is all about? Experiences that make your soul happy and change your outlook on life. I probably won’t be searching for spiritual healing. It’s more about getting out my comfort zone and gaining the feeling that I could do anything. If I’m going to hike and go after wild animals, then I’m also getting wine and relaxing a little.
So what else is there possibly left to do? Learn something! I would be in every museum and on every tour. There’s the Apartheid Museum and a tour of the prison the late Nelson Mandela stayed in for 18 years. Couldn’t possibly pretend these events didn’t happen and ignore it my whole trip. Everything else left to learn, wouldn’t be planned. The lessons I take away will come spontaneously.
What would be the goal?
To keep it simple,my goals would be introspection, great memories, adventure and a sense of real peace. To go on a journey such as this solo, I would have no choice but to figure myself out. No one would be around the corner to save me, so I would have to be brave like never before. And if I’m going to spend thousands on a trip, I have no choice but to get out there and enjoy it.