Long time readers to this blog will know that I often have a tough time deciding on things and then have a tough time committing to the decision I made. This is true with food, clothes, and joining activities. This is true with travel plans. I really don’t like to look so far ahead, but these trips have a way of filling up before I am usually ready to commit.
However, with ten months to go, I have committed to cycling around South Africa with Exodus. (I am going to have to make a new addition to my travel section). At the urging of my British friend, we chose to forgo the typical Asian trips we’ve been on to do something else. So now we are cycling around the cape and I might finally develop a taste for wine.
When I think back, it is quite interesting how that first cycling trip to Vietnam changed the way I thought about vacations and opened my world up to so much more. I took that trip after more than a year of thinking about it. I was inspired by the Lonely Planet/Globe Trekker program and the wonderful episode featuring Justine Shapiro. She made Vietnam seem so accessible and fifteen or twenty years later, I was there. Group travel had never seemed appealing, but that trip changed all that. I met some great people and had a wonderful experience.
Since then I have been to Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam (again) and Costa Rica. My food options have opened up and travel has become a big part of my life. Best of all, everywhere I have visited has had some amazing coffee. This year, I am scheduled to go to Colombia and South Africa. By the end of the year, I will have visited five continents. That is amazing. Who knows what the future will bring?
Monday’s Perfect Moment is definitely all about signing up for more adventures and making my world a smaller place.