Say YES to a beautiful life-Episode 2- Give the Flat Life a Shake

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給我一條美麗的路 ~ 第二集~ 給生活一個搖晃!

Say YES to a Beautiful Life- Episode 2- Give the Flat Life a Shake!

Up until 5 years ago, I rarely ask myself questions like” What is your vision of life?” “What goals do you want to achieve in your lifetime? “ , “ Do you have a dream?” and so. Its embarrassing but I have to say my career path was like an uprising elevator so far, since I joined one of the leading telecommunication company as a Management Trainee after graduating from University, till my last job as a Digital Experience Manager in the Hong Kong’s largest community benefactor. Yes, literally, it was an uprising elevator, as long as the energy supply doesn’t stop, it kept moving upward. The energy was my passion and hardworking towards the jobs, of course, luck and good people sometimes did crossed over the path.   What’s the point here then? Life was simply too flat! I avoided to see myself in 10 years because I have NO idea where I wanted to be. I did not fancy attaining a certain position at job, nor a specific monetary reward. Financially I earned more than I needed, I did not care much about fame. Sounds empty isn’t it? Yes it was, but I lived very well. When it came to shopping the word redundancy would have never existed. When it came to fine dinning, I would say ‘I had a tough day at work which deserves an expensive treat’. Yes I repeat I did lived very well, but I reckon it was nothing about a GOOD life. I used to be initiative, positive minded and energetic,  but at some point of time I felt emotionally numb and tired, and felt that I was wasting my time, leading a meaningless life. I tried to shake the flat life by participating in some part-time studies, hoped to change the rhythm of my life. I completed a Master Degree in Marketing, I got an Outbound Tour Escort certificate, I got a Wine and Spirit certificate. “What’s next?” I asked myself after all these studies. I did not know the answer. My life was still like a garden without flower. I knew I needed a bigger change.

So, how did I brew the dream to become a perpetual traveller? The concept of “Gap year” has become one of the hottest topic in town back in 2011. We all know we should never underestimate the power of mass media, every coverage just caught my eyes, every shared story just bitten my soul. I believed in what people say about the common outcome of “Gap year”, which is to understand more about oneself and thus to figure out a the way of living one wants. I started to consider a “Gap year” for myself, that was the time I learned about Working Holiday. I was so desperate when I found the maximum age for entry is 30. Cut the long story short, turned out I made myself a “Gap month”, I travelled Europe by myself for a month.

The photo tells how I started to dream of a travelling life

My Facebook post in 2011 tells how I started to dream of a travelling life

At that time, my knowledge about backpacking, solo travel, traveling Europe etc etc was next to nil. I did not know where I got the courage, but I was so decisive and eager to get all those “first-time–ever-in-my-life” experience. I was expecting the moment when I sipping coffee in front of Eiffle Tower with the picture of where I see myself in 10 years in my head.

Well. At the end of the trip, this has been proven an illusion. I enjoyed so much the “Gap month” though. And it was the remote cause of the major turning point of my life happened 2 years after. The main takeaways from this one month trip are:

No one was born knowing everything. 
Just give it a go.

I did not know I should not carry a 26 inch trolley suitcase to “backpacking” . I did not know I should not stay in a hotel room to get more chance for cultural exchange with other travellers. I did not know I need to pay extra on top of the Europe Pass for seat reservation in order not to get fined. I can list example alike until another A4 page filled, but all those don’t matter, appreciating ignorance, accepting challenge and learning from experience are what mattered most.

So much fun to look back what I have posted on Facebook

So much fun to look back what I have posted on Facebook

 

Freedom is my cup of tea

Have you ever think about everywhere you found yourself is a result of being placed? You found yourself in Starbucks because a scheduled meeting placed you there, as simple as this example, it applies to most of the time in a routine everyday life. Solo travel, travel without a planned itinerary can be a totally different scene. The “Gap month” in 2012 was my first taste of solo travel, I am happy that I conquered the fear of solo travel and even transformed it to addiction. The best part of solo travel is making connections with complete strangers, who I never would have spoken to if I was with company. And the second best is, I am forced to make all decisions on my own, which would only be came up with after clumsy discussions if i was with company.  

Temptation and sacrifice always go hand in hand, I sacrificed the desire to travel as much as I could because of a tempting position I had got offered. After the trip,  I returned to the garden without flower. While my comfort zone has been extended exponentially, look back some of my Facebook posts, apparently since the return from the “Gap month”, the travelling worms started to brew my dreams slowly slowly, … … to be continued.

One month after I returned to the garden without flower, I started to get sick of the routine, day dreaming became part of it.

One month after I returned to the garden without flower, I started to get sick of the routine, day dreaming became part of it.

 

2012 October, I went for my second solo travel trip to Busan, Korea

2012 October, I went for my second solo travel trip to Busan, Korea

 

a Japanese Traveler travelled the world by biking. He was the first inspired me.

a Japanese traveler travelled the world by biking. He was the first inspired me.

 

After reading this book written by a travelling couple who gave up their current status in the pursue of their travelling dreams, in 2012 Dec, I promised myself I would make it in two years.

After reading this book written by a travelling couple who gave up their current status in the pursue of their travelling dreams, in 2012 Dec, I promised myself I would make it in two years.

the “Gap month” I travelled to : France Alsace Strasbourg and Colmar, Switzerland Luzen, Lauterbrunnen and Interlaken, France Annecy, Nice, Avignon, Eze, Antibes, Aix En Provence, Normandy, Paris; Netherlands Amsterdam, Zaanse Schans, Bloemendagen and Georgia.

Featured pictures: South France and Netherlands

Marseille, a port city

Marseille, a port city


bouillabaisse from Marseille

I learnt what is authentic bouillabaisse from Marseille


Freedom of solo travel allows seeing things in another perspective @Eze

Freedom of solo travel allows seeing things in another perspective @Eze


Eze, a charming hilltop town on the Cote d'Azur.

Eze, a charming hilltop town on the Cote d’Azur.


Eze, a charming hilltop town on the Cote d'Azur.

Eze, a charming hilltop town on the Cote d’Azur.


Can you name any yachting harbour in France? Antibes

Can you name any yachting harbour in South France? Antibes


flea market antibes antique markets

Antique market@Antibes


Colosseum Arles

The first time I learnt the meaning of Rome Colosseum @ Arles Amphitheatre


Pont Saint Bénézet@ Avignon

The famous medieval bridge ~Pont Saint Bénézet@ Avignon


Romantic dancing couple @ Avignon

Romantic dancing couple @ Avignon


The Triumphal Arch@St Remy de Provence

The Triumphal Arch@St Remy de Provence


Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune @Normandy


Zaanse Schans Windmill Village

Zaanse Schans Windmill Village


My dream come true, Turlips fields@ Bloemendagen

My dream came true, Turlips fields@ Bloemendagen

EPISODE 1 第一集

I REALISED THAT I WASN’T LIVING IN A LIFE I TRULY WANTED! 我意識到,這不是我真正想要的生活!

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danang hk express這麼不經不覺,從決定 “Quit now and Go Travel” 到現在已經兩年了!!這兩年百般滋味在心頭,人生中最新鮮的,最興奮的,最低潮的也經歷過了。為慶祝持續了這麼久的毅力和決心,和2016的來臨,我決定弄一個網絡連續散文 – <給我一條美麗的路>,與大家分享我的故事。雖然我fan page followers 寥寥無幾(笑),但我仍然會用心去寫,希望給有緣份的讀者一個心靈調劑。我知道沒有人不想兩袖清風拾起passport便跳上飛機再回頭拋句 ‘忽念,不回來了’。可惜,真正做到的人又有多少? 可能,”只要有夢想,凡事可成真”這句話不是騙人的。。。

Maggie
2015 ,12 月

一星期發佈一次。留意Facebook m’Solo travel

Its been 2 years I made the decision ‘Quit now and GO Travel ‘! I experienced so many ups and downs, excitement, desperateness. To celebrate the persistence and determination lasted so far, I am writing a bit about my story with a lovely title <Say YES to a Beautiful Life> to share my experiences, how I conquered the uncertainty feelings, how I fell and how I stood still, still. I wish to cheer up the soul of people who read, I don’t have 10 thousands followers to read the story though (smile). Take the passport, jump into a plane and travel as long as possible would never be the reality for everybody. “What can be imagined, can be achieved” might still be truth… …

Maggie
2015 Dec

New episode will be released once a week. Stay tuned on my Facebook m’Solo Travel.