This was another trip suggestion I had for our vacation this summer. It is designed to begin in Vancouver, as the first few days is spent in Manning park and then cruising up the coast, but I’m sure it could be cut down or done from many of the cruise ship ports in North America. Although we didn’t end up choosing Alaska, this is an itinerary that I am SO excited to test out in the future. It took a long time to research the best route through the region, but I think this itinerary covers all the ‘highlights’ without breaking the bank which, admittedly, seems very tough to do in Alaska! Although it seems like a somewhat pricey place to visit, I hope this post inspires you to make the journey up North; it seems like a pretty phenomenal experience!
In 2016, I moved to Australia. Although I was intending to be there with a partner, on the day I arrived he informed me that “he didn’t actually want a girlfriend” (I know… it was beyond devastating at the time but we worked it out months later!). Regardless, I found myself completely alone in a foreign city – no job, no friends, just a one-bedroom apartment downtown. To say it was difficult would be a huge understatement; I was dealing with a devastating break up by myself, and had no where to be, ever. I would laugh when I would meet people and they’d ask “what are you doing on Friday night?” because the honest answer was “nothing – I have no plans for literally any moment beyond this one”. However, as I immersed myself in fitness classes and spent lots of time alone at cafes, I gradually began making more friends, and more plans, and it was the happiest time of my life. Four years later, I was devastated to have to leave!
What this post is intended to be about, though, is the profound impact that moving abroad can have on a person. Although I learned many things over those four years, the most important thing I took away from it was this: you are never stuck. You are the author of your own story, and if you find your character somewhere where you don’t want it to be, you have the power and the right to rewrite the story. There is a whole other life waiting for you somewhere else; you just have to take a breath, buy the ticket, and off you go! I can’t imagine how many lives could have been saved simply by hitting the “restart” button, especially to go somewhere so warm and picturesque a breeze alone is enough to make you smile. You are strong enough, you are brave enough, YOU are enough – you can make it on your own for a little while, and I promise you will come out even stronger. If you have any questions or hesitations about living abroad, PLEASE reach out; I am always here to listen ❤
This was an itinerary I suggested to my partner for our summer break (hence the scattered personal notes – sorry!). We ended up combining parts of this trip with Costa Rica, which is an itinerary I will post in the next couple of weeks. I am super keen to head back to Nicaragua in the future – it is such an amazing country and isn’t at all expensive to travel through! The culture is amazing, the food is great, and the adventures are endless. Especially if you’re a diver, I really recommend adding Nicaragua to your bucket list!
Although I personally have not done this one yet, this is an itinerary I suggested for our upcoming South America trip. I have always wanted to visit Colombia and Ecuador for their great outdoor activities, incredible coffee, and lively atmosphere, so I am still hoping to put this itinerary to use soon! Please let me know if you have any added suggestions; we love to hear from you!