It’s my 300th day on the road… I know crazy 300 I can’t even believe it myself. I mean really… who would have thought I’d make it this far? I sure as hell didn’t. I’m being honest when I say that. Now though I look back and am in awe at what I now know I can accomplish. I know it’s just traveling, but damn it’s not easy. The last 100 days have been amazing filled with HIGHS & LOWS… I always wonder can the next 100 be better than the last and some how they manage to be even more amazing. Here is a recap of my last 100 days if you read my blog regularly you can skip to the next paragraph and well if not just enjoy a trip down memory lane. It’s crazy how much you can do in 100 days!
The last 100 days started in Morocco. I was in Africa for the 1st time… I fell in love with the beautiful blue town of Chefchaoun. I then made my way to Fez and fucking hated it, because of that city for a minute I was actually going to go home. I decided to stay a few more days and visit the Sahara Desert. Oh man did she change my life… she made me realize why I was doing what I was doing I loved her so much I even wrote her a letter. I then spent 10 days relaxing in the beach town of Essaouria, Morocco. After a month in Morocco I was ready to move on and went back to Spain. I spent some time in Madrid I attended Occupy Madrid and also watched a Corrida de Torros and still don’t know if I agree with it being a Spanish tradition or animal cruelty. I then got a bit sick and wanted some home comfort so went to the Hard Rock Café Madrid for some Tex-Mex nachos. I also shared with yall my latest encounters…. It was 4 for 4 and well now I have been in a dry spell… womp womp. I hope that changes soon. I made it to Barcelona where I met up with my girls from Morocco and felt at home. I fell in love with Gaudi and still wonder what he was thinking. Then my crazy ass booked a flight to Ibiza in November for 10 nights because it was so cheap. I ended up writing a very poetic entry in my journal and shared it with y’all. I was drunk when I wrote it and think it’s one of my favorite post I have written. I went back to Barcelona said bye to my girls but will be seeing them in Istanbul for New Years… woohoo!!! Then it was time to explore Itally. I got lost in Venice and then met the most beautiful nude man in the world was dirty with the leaning tower of Pisa. Then for Thanksgiving spent it on the steps of a bank in Rome drinking cheap wine with great friends. It was also in Rome where I popped my Italian gelato cherry and well now I am Athens doing pretty much nothing…
So the last few weeks have been kind of crazy for me… Okay not crazy like wild and partying and doing a lot. I say it’s been crazy, because I have had too much free time and have had a million thoughts crossing my mind.
I have been thinking about why I started this blog & how when I 1st left on this trip on March 1st, 2011 I thought I wanted to travel forever. The thing is I discovered travel blogging and started finding all the big blogs. You know the bloggers that are making a living from their blogs and have been traveling forever. When you find them you think WOW… that is amazing and automatically want to do the same. I mean come on don’t lie… we all do. Hell that is why I started this blog. I thought oh this is what I want to do. I want to make money from my blog and travel forever… well the truth is that has changed.
Yes I started this blog for the wrong reason I started it to make money but the truth is to this date I have not made a penny from it. Not because I can’t, but because I made the decision a while back to not monetize it. You see the thing is, I grew to love what I am doing. For the 1st time in my life I actually have a hobby that I enjoy doing and love. For some reason I don’t want to ruin that by monetizing it… so I am not. Oh & trust me there is NOTHING wrong with monetizing your blog… I’m just saying for me it’s something I don’t want to do. Okay so where is this leading too… well this is also leading to something else I have recently discovered about my self.
You see when I left home I told my self “Jaime you are not lost… you are doing this for yourself to have fun, explore and learn more about the world.” and well I have, but the truth is even if you don’t think you are lost TRAVEL will MAKE YOU FIND YOURSELF more than anything else in life. I now know I don’t want to do this forever. I in a way have figured out what I want to do with my life… What I am doing is amazing… backpacking around the world is priceless. I know when it’s all said and done this will go down as one of the best things I ever did in my life. It’s just exhausting and the truth is I miss my family and friends at home. I miss Houston. No I am not going home… I am not ready too yet. I know for a fact that when I am ready I will though. I know for a fact now that I won’t be upset with my self for going home when this is over. I’ve been thinking and know I will go home enjoy life there for a year or two and gear up for another RTW trip. Trust me I love traveling this won’t be my last RTW trip. There is so much of the world I still want to see and trust me I will find ways to do it by making Houston my home base for a few years and taking off again.
I know you are thinking why am I even thinking of this… I still have a year left of travel. Well the reason I am writing about it… is because that is how I feel right now. My 100 day post have always been about how I feel in the moment. On my 100th day I wondered why “WE” don’t have equal rights. On my 200th day I wrote about how I still get scared. Hell I still wonder why we don’t have equal rights and still get scared. I love that I am able to put my emotions and feelings on the blog and look back on them. Well now you know how I feel and am glad I have shared this with you… sometimes as long term travelers and bloggers we feel like the only right way to do it is the way everyone else is doing it and the truth is nope… we don’t. We decide how we live our lives… and well this is how I am choosing to live mine!
No joke 2011 has been the bet year of my life… I have never been happier with how my life is. Thanks again everyone for reading my blog and coming along on my crazy adventures. I’ve enjoy my last few weeks of doing nothing, but I am ready to get back on the road. I’m excited to see what the next 100 days bring as I spend them visiting Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and India. Oh & remember we only live once… so be sure you are out there doing what makes you happy (& it doesn’t have to be travel). So now you tell me what do you think? Is there anything… you have been thinking about you would like to share? I can’t believe the year is almost over in a few days?