Today, I leave on an adventure.

by Tanya on January 27, 2016

Today, I leave on an adventure!

Today, I leave on an adventure!

Today, I leave on an adventure! After two months of researching every detail, talking with others who have forged this path, I leave today to begin my two-month journey in India. I have to say, this has been an incredible emotional roller coaster. I’ve made this choice, me. A choice to do this for me and leave my family here. I’m scared of irrational things like a tragedy preventing me from returning home to them. I fear this selfish choice causes my family to lose me in some horrible way. I know this is my ego wanting me to re-think this craziness and stay in my comfort zone, in my box, so I let it go and focus on the personal growth and surreal experiences I will have.

Today, I leave on an adventure! This week has been all about packing my 40 liter backpack. Brand new REI Trail40 Women’s Backpack in purple! So far I love it, and hope it serves me well! My life will be in that pack for the next two months!  My biggest challenge has been needing warm clothes for my first three days in Rome. The temperatures are highs in low 60’s, lows in mid 40’s then I get to India where the highs are mid 90’s!  Wowzer, big difference. I’m thinking I may just ship my heavier clothing home once in India. The smaller flights I’m on within India have strict carry-on baggage limits, 15 pounds. WHAT? I’m a minimalist packer but my pack is currently sitting at around 18 pounds, with my DSLR camera and a sleeping bag! Not bad, but over weight. I’m winging it. We’ll see what happens!

My family drives me to Miami today. My first flight is to Istanbul, 12 hours! Longest flight I’ve ever taken, and alone!  I’m not a good flyer. Ask my kids, they’ve each had their hand squeezed on more than one occasion during turbulence. I have several anxiety remedies with me, Holy Basil, Serenity essential oils, Bach Flowers Rescue Remedy and booze!

Today, I leave on an adventure, I leave my family with tears, knowing I’ll miss them dearly and also that’ll I’ll return a little stronger having grown in some way.

Follow me, I’ll be updating as often as possible on Facebook and Instagram and plan to blog when I return.


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Leigh Clifton January 27, 2016 at 10:49 am

Good luck Tanya! What an amazing adventure waiting for you! Be safe!


Tanya January 29, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Thank you Leigh:)!


Amy January 27, 2016 at 9:28 pm

Best Wishes! You have a friend in the country if you need one! Also…in terms of warm clothes…dupattas are *the best*. It’s like a scarf/blanket/towel/pillow/sweater all in one! I forgot to pack one in my trip to Varanasi and it was the first thing I purchased on the street (450 rupees).

Sending lots of love and joy your way! <3


Tanya January 29, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Thank you Amy!! If your trip extends at all, I head north the 2nd of March. Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Agra and Varanasi:)!


Thomz January 28, 2016 at 1:24 pm

Hey there…hope your journey is off to a good start.
Came to know about your journey through a mutual friend in FB, Danielle Moyse.
Hopefully you wont miss the backwaters of Kerala ( Thats where I am from lol).


Tanya January 29, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Hello:). Yes, my first stop is Kochi and I will be traveling around Kerala the first two weeks! Really looking forward to backwaters!
Thank you!


Thomz January 29, 2016 at 7:28 pm

Hey there.
That’s Great,I’m in Kochi too :-).
Hope to see the beauty of Kerala thorough your Lens.
Take Care.

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