New year, new travels

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”  ~ Jawaharal Nehru

I started off my travels last August with a plan to go and see parts of South America, travel alone, meet some penguins and have an adventure… and what an adventure it was! When I set off from Heathrow, I was filled with part excitement, part anticipation and a whole lot of nervousness. There were so many questions/doubts in my mind… ‘would I enjoy it?’, ‘would I meet new people and make friends?’, ‘would it be safe to travel alone?’, ‘would I get lonely/homesick?’, ‘how would I get around?’, ‘what if I hated it?’ etc. etc.… it took me several weeks to get over the nervousness and really start enjoying the trip and having fun… and after that I never looked back. I discovered a whole lot about myself along the way and most of all I realised that I’m smitten with the world and I’ve been well and truly bitten by the travel bug! In the words of Michael Palin… ‘once the travel bug bites, there is no known antidote’… you just need to ride it out!

This blog started as a way for me to record my adventures in South America and my rendezvous with penguins (hence the blog name!). Since I’ve been back, I’ve been asked by people what my plans are and when I’m ‘settling down’ again… the short answer is ‘not just yet’… for now, I’m not done. My next trip, albeit shorter, takes me to the other side of the world – South East Asia. I’m planning to keep this blog and, if I haven’t bored you yet, continue sharing my travel stories and photos (although I’m sorry that they won’t be penguin related!).

One thing I really craved in South America (those of you that know me won’t be surprised) was spice! I tried various concoctions of chilli but nothing was fiery enough. That certainly won’t be a problem in South East Asia! So off I go, in search of spice and to greet some of my favourite animals in the whole world… elephants!

With a week to go before I set off again, I’m back to my passport, visas, packing, anti-malarials and the most important thing… my travelling companion… my trusty backpack!

I’ll end by wishing you all a very happy new year and I wish you good luck and courage to seek out and follow some of your dreams in 2015!

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