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Say YES to a Beautiful Life- Episode 3- Say NO to a Life Time Regret!

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給我一條美麗的路 ~ 第三集~  寧可焦頭爛額,也不要後悔終生!

Say YES to a Beautiful Life- Episode 3- Say NO to a Lifetime Regret!

In Episode 2 I mentioned how I started to brew my dream of perpetual travel. Once I started to brew it, it was like a can of worms being opened up.  Those nasty ‘travel worms’ lived WITH and INSIDE me, from head to toe, skin to bones, organs, cells.

To understand more about the life as a perpetual traveller, I read a pile of book in relevant topic.

All these books are about perpetual travel or gap year

All these books are about perpetual travel or gap year

The more I read, the stronger the desire to give it a try. It was NERVE- WRACKING! The situation was like:

“Once upon a time a man wanted to make money. He thought and thought and thought about making money. He wanted to make money desperately.One day, the man unfolded the lottery ticket.  Matched the numbers. “23, 24, 25..yes, yes OMG OMG 6, 7,  OMG special number is 26″ .Bingo !!! Then the alarm clock rang.”

There is a say when you want something desperately the universe conspires to give it to you. I have no idea if this quote is true or not, while I simply believe that when you desperately want something, you may need to make sacrifices. To sacrifice is harder than to possess. I felt this is absolutely more correct than ever.

To sacrifice is harder than to possess

Upon I returned from the gap month in 2012, my desire to travel the world was not possible to ignore. I had been struggling for quite a long period of time. The two of me fight against each other everyday,  one me knew that I should not stop myself before I even tried. However, bulk of uncertainty creeping in, another me asked myself “Should I do this?” day and night. I knew that if I wanted to believe in myself, I needed to face my self-doubt and be willing to take care of it. So I gave myself a couple of solid reasons. Those are like:

“I prefer travelling solo than with company!”

“Hong Kong is not the place to spend my life!”

“Worst case, come back and find another job, I will never die of hunger!”

“Do it while my parents still healthy and manage to take care themselves!”

“Do it while I am still single!”

“Do it before my courage gone!”

“It could be a lifetime regret if I don’t do it!”

Well, this bunch of justification could not outweigh the insecure feelings, I started to create mission for myself instead of simply enjoy an aimless travel. Everybody needs achievement, isn’t it?  That was the reason why I joined the volunteer program in Iceland. I had also some initiatives in mind about how to financially support the perpetual travel.

2014 July, I bought a multi-city ticket from Hong Kong to Barcelona (Spain) and return from Tbilisi (Georgia) to Hong Kong with a tentative date after 3 months (text me if you wonder why its better to hold a return ticket). I enrolled and paid 200 Euro for a 10 days Iceland volunteer program which to be started in September. I booked the first night bunk bed in Barcelona at 13 Euro. I sent a couple of couchsurfing requests. I activated the overseas cash withdrawal on my ATM card. I set off with 1000 Euro cash, two credit cards, a 70 litres backpack full of tank tops and shorts for the hot summer in Spain, a down jacket and Columbia omni heat base-layer tops for Iceland. Here I go, perpetual travel!!

I would rather have a life of “Oh that sucks” than a life time regret!

At the beginning, I was very satisfied with my decision. Adapting the Spanish siesta, taking advantages of all day long sunshine, I indulged myself in extreme freedom. I woke up with NO plan every morning (sometimes afternoon), simply did what I felt like to do. I had so much time to purposely get lost in the city. Instead of seeing those “Lonely Planet” point of interests, I sneaked in non touristic streets, placed myself in a wet market for hours just to see the locals’ life.  I drawn my own restaurant map. I learnt a Spanish word a day from Duolingo App. I moved from city to city, from hostel to couchsurfing host. I enjoyed very much such nomadic lifestyle. I liked to live like a new born baby, absorbing new things every single minute. Some of them are weird and heart pumping like living with nudist in the same house, or being asked why I needed toilet paper after poop, or being offered feet licking service by a fetish. After all, I learnt to appreciate cultural differences.

Good time always pass quickly. After about a month, “new things” were no longer new to me. Sometimes I woke up without any mood to do anything. I started to get bored … … To be continued.

Featured pictures: Portugal

Porto~picture took from Clérigos Tower

Porto~picture took from Clérigos Tower


Porto with Douro river and traditional port wine boats,

Porto with Douro river and traditional port wine boats.


River Douro

Can you see the slope behind the River Douro? Its Porto! Every where is “hilly”


Church of Saint Ildefonso

Porto~Church of Saint Ildefonso


DOM LUIS BRIDGE ~Before the Eiffel Tower, there was this ironwork showpiece.

DOM LUIS Bridge~Before the Eiffel Tower, there was this ironwork showpiece.


Night Scene Of Porto With Douro River

My first time to try night scene shoot.


a very windy but stunning beach near Porto~Miramar Beach

a very windy but stunning beach near Porto~Miramar Beach


Lovely boy on Miramar Beach

Lovely boy on Miramar Beach


BELEM

BELEM


Pastel de Belem-Birth place of Portuguese tart

Pastel de Belem-Birth place of Portuguese tart


Sintra

Sintra, a very beautiful country side with lot of palaces. I wish I could stay at least one night there.


Berlenga Grande Island

I woke up at 5, took 3 hours buses for this Berlenga Grande Island


Berlenga Grande Island-it was a foggy day

I conquered a hill full of  lizards to get this picture.  It was a foggy morning though!


Lisbon~ love the vintage feeling

Lisbon~ love the vintage feeling


Lisbon~ love the vintage feeling

Lisbon~ love the vintage feeling


Lisbon~Square

Lisbon~some where near the main square where I walked pass every night.

EPISODE 2 第二集

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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.