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Wanderlust Wednesday |Morning market

A market.  No place I’d rather be.

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Copyright 2014, Once in a Lifetime Travel

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Wanderlust Wednesday | Simple lunch

Lunch?

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Serenity in Nesso Italy

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Photo credit unknown. Nesso, Italy

 

May life

always

embroider your days

with

jewels of serenity

 

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Wanderlust Wednesday | Florence Sunset

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Wanderlust Wednesday | City Life

Photo courtesy of travelblog.org

Photo courtesy of travelblog.org

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Wanderlust Wednesday | Vatican Views

Worth every step and drop of sweat.

Photo courtesy of The Ultra Linx

Photo courtesy of The Ultra Linx

Copyright 2014, Once in a Lifetime Travel

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Wanderlust Wednesday | Nonna

If I could pinch her cheeks I would.

Photo credit Nick Zungoli

Photo credit Nick Zungoli

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Wanderlust Wednesday | Venice, Italy

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The city that feels like a dream.  Venice.

 

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The problem with commitment

The reality of the difficulty in committing to travel really hit home as I re-read an article I wrote years ago.  I felt like I was reading the words of someone else much wiser than myself.  At the time I penned that article I was full to the brim with the heartfelt intention of traveling within the year.  I remember feeling it in my bones.  Life had other plans for me though.  And the year after that as well.  And the year after that.  Three full years later I am finally set to fulfill my promise to myself.  Three extremely full and challenging years later.  During that time I caught myself feeling defeated at times, wishing for things to play out differently.  Or for a huge trust fund.  I realized soon that attitude was truly the only thing I could ever control and so I took a step back for a better perspective.  I found I have nothing to be disappointed about nor discouraged.  My babies were now well on their way through toddler-hood and they knew what it felt like to have a mommy who was always there wrapping them up in love.  All the pieces had finally fallen into place and we were putting down roots in a place I’ve been longing to call home.  I had personally grown and learned how to put myself out there, get comfortable with being uncomfortable and take chances to obtain what I wanted with my business.  I have the satisfaction of standing by my husband and watching his dreams come true after taking the terrifying leap into self employment.  My wanderlust heart may have ached for adventure but the framework of my life had been solidified and I am now right where I need to be.

just go travel bozemanAlmost everyone I talk to gets misty eyed when the topic of travel comes up.  Everyone has somewhere that calls to them.

They also have bills, jobs, kids, family and responsibilities that call louder.  Taxes, tabs and a dishwasher in need of replacement.

I don’t want anyone to think that I don’t understand the reality of life when I push to travel despite obstacles.  I’m in the trenches too and I can honestly say that I am knocked down backwards more often than I am able to pull myself up.  My war cry remains the same.  Just Go.

If you can’t swing a flight across the ocean I understand.  Believe me.  Grab the keys instead and discover what is lurking next door.  I may have missed exploring the back roads of Tuscany but I discovered the jaw dropping beauty of Glacier National Park (and the heart pounding terror of a grizzly encounter).  My little kids have yet to play in the piazzas but they can name their favorite forest service cabins and we have hiked nearly every local trail.

Just Go.  Travel anyway.  Any where.  Travel to grow, to learn, to heal, dream, recharge, teach, change.  Travel to become a better version of yourself for yourself.

 

My original article posted in 2012 ‘Commit to Travel’

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Copyright 2014   Andi Brown,  Once in a Lifetime Travel

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Wanderlust Wednesday | Seaside Sunset

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