Those who know me well are familiar with my two year streak. Other than growing up in Palau, my high school years on Guam and college in Boston, I haven’t live in one place for more than two years at a time.
On October 12th, I celebrated my two year anniversary in Costa Rica (and what a celebration it was too!).
Needless to say, the two year itch is here and I’m scratching the hell out of it! Come December, I’m off to Colombia to spend two weeks traveling with a friend and another three weeks doing a work exchange somewhere in the Caribbean coast.
After that I’m heading to Brazil–that’s right, BRAZIL–for…..
Wait for it……
It’s been on my bucket list forever and now that I’m in such (relatively) close proximity AND have a Brazilian friend going too, there’s no way I’m going to pass up this opportunity.
After Carnaval I plan to do another work exchange in a small village by the beach just outside of Sao Paolo. If everything works out, I’ll be teaching English to the locals in return for room and board for about a month.
From there I’ll head to Peru. Specifically, the splendid city of Arequipa. Except for eventually seeing Machu Picchu, I don’t have any solid plans yet for what exactly I’m going to do. I may do another work exchange or perhaps try to get an English teaching job.
So that’s the general blueprint, for now anyway. I may have to tweak some things as I go but therein lies the fun and excitement, right?!
My pants would be on fire if I said I wasn’t the least bit nervous. Although this is the first time I’m actually doing this without a proper safety net like a secure job, I’ve done the travel thing long enough to know that it comes with risks and challenges.
But then again, so does any other path any of us choose to take in this life.
My tickets are booked and the countdown is on!