Today, I was planning to be in Mexico.

Today is January 10th 2012, right?

Wow. Well, to let you in on what I’m feeling right now.. Today was supposed to be the day that I left for my round the world trip. Here’s why it’s not –

At the very beginning of the ‘planning’ stage of my travels – I put planning in hyphens as, at that point, I’m not really sure you could call it planning but nervously trying to justify my decision to turn down a university place in favour of  ferociously working full-time then travelling the world with every penny I scraped together – my aunt offered me the chance to start my travels with her and her friend for 2-3 weeks before leaving the familiarity behind, and going it solo. Her leave from the Met started around 10th January, which was at that time, 4 and a half months away. “Eeek!” much?

So September came and went, as did October, worryingly without any plans forming at all. While my aunt is much more laidback, I on the other hand was desperate for a leaving date, a specific destination or even just a meeting with a travel agent! So as November began, we both managed to get into a travel agents – STA Travel to be specific (HIGHLY recommended) – on separate occasions and the hard work of synchronising all of our ideas started.

After a while, I soon came to realise, we had very different perspectives for our trip, and quite rightly so in hindsight. My aunt is a 20-something accomplished metropolitan police-woman with much more disposable income than myself. I am a 19 year old sales assistant at a supermarket, fresh out of sixth form and making the toughest decision of her life so far. COMPLETELY different lives.

By that time, I knew what I had to do. But totally didn’t want to admit it to myself, let alone voice it out loud..

I did eventually though. I sent a very, very, very apologetic message to my aunt explaining that we had very different ideas and budgets, so that spending almost £2,000 on a 2 weeks holiday just wasn’t the right move for me this time around. Especially not when that was to be around a third of my budget in total!

Today, I was planning to be in Mexico.

In reality though.. Today, I was MEANT to be sitting in my living room, waiting for my real, solo adventure to begin in 43 days and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

How did your rtw plans come about? What major changes did you make?

4 Responses to “Today, I was planning to be in Mexico.”
  1. Scott says:

    I was supposed to start my trip in Rio in New Year’s Eve, but then it changed to Mexico on Feb 7th, and now I am flying to somewhere completely different on Feb 7th to kick off the tri. I think you have to look at those early plans as just practice planning, or something right?

    • Yeah, I think so too. Just thinking how different my plans at start were to how they are now is insane, and that was only a little over 4 months ago. But hey, not long for the both of us now :)

  2. Anita Mac says:

    I am so thrilled that I did the RTW trip – packing in my job and house – for 7 months! I know it was one of the best things I have done, and contemplate doing something similar again! I am a little older now – my house is a little bigger, and whoa – where did all that junk, er – stuff!!???, come from! Good luck – it is a tough choice – but a choice I am glad I made. I will never forget my adventures and can’t wait to create new ones!

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