I have been sitting on several blogs these past weeks; most of which share thoughts, adventures, and detailed descriptions of the paradises I have discovered here in Indonesia.  It’s quite overwhelming when I think about where to start when I sit down to write, there have been so many incredible moments worth capturing it would be exhausting to share them all. They are also very intimate moments that I often like keeping to myself, having the ability to unplug for the first time in my life and share memories alone.

For this reason, I have struggled posting them and have been thinking a lot about why. I find myself now sitting on white tile floor in my new room on Gili Air Island listening to the pouring rain outside… and it finally hit me. For me, this journey is not about only exploring nature’s beauty, but my own as well. I’ve been in a deeper space and thought it was time to go into the raw about what it has been like traveling alone as a woman for over six weeks and two countries now.

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I made the decision to set out on what I hope to be the greatest and most daring adventure of my life.  I will pack a backpack that is about half of my size full of very limited belongings and board a one way flight to Sri Lanka.  This will be my first stop, but I plan to explore more of South East Asia and then head to Europe during what will most likely be a 4-5 month journey.   Each small item I pack will be chosen with careful thought, leaving behind most of my possessions and all familiarity. “Life cleansing” is proving to be both a difficult task and extremely freeing.  It has challenged me to let go and embrace a relationship with my self and the present moment.

Why Sri Lanka? I get asked this question many times. Sri Lanka is a teardrop island just south of India. Besides being one of South Asia’s most beautiful beach escapes, Sri Lanka is scattered with buddhist temples, roaring wildlife, bustling villages, tea farms and majestic green mountains.  It is best known for its biodiversity (in the top 25 global hot spots), golden beaches, world-renowned surfing, ayurveda practices, buddhist culture, spicy curry and wide range of native species.  While there, I hope to have time to dive  into the things I enjoy most: writing, adventuring, growing my skill-set, giving back and letting my creative self run wild. After visiting Japan, I always felt interested to explore more of Asia for the fact that it is so different from my home country.   I signed myself up on a volunteer website called WorkAway, where you exchange volunteer hours for accommodations with a local family. I love this concept and plan to utilize it throughout some of my travel, while also adventuring on my own.

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