How travel healed me part 2

In part 1, I wrote about how a sad experience, a heartbreak, helped me get out of my comfort zone and made one of the biggest dreams of my life come true.

I came back home from Europe feeling elated, mesmerized, amazed. Life, as I knew it, would never be the same…ever AGAIN.

Since my return I decided to see as many places as possible on this beautiful planet of ours. The year 2001 was the beginning of a new phase and a turning point in my life.

I started teaching and then came a call. I had won a full-tuition scholarship to study where else? But in il bel paese…Italy! That was truly god-sent and couldn’t have come at a better time!

Needless to say, I felt like I was going back home! I had a divine time traveling to so many cities in a month. I also formed some amazing friendships that I still cherish til this day.

It’s incredible but that one single event literally opened doors and broke personal barriers. I repeat this again. That heartbreak was a true blessing!

There were many destinations after Italy including the boldest things I’ve ever done: Teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) in Seoul, South Korea for a year. That was another of the best experiences of my life.

Downtown Seoul, SK

Gyeongju, South Korea

Then came Japan, Hong Kong, Mainland China. After my return to North America I visited: Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala among others.

Costa Rican country side & Pacific Coast. 

Arco Santa Catarina, Antigua Guatemala. 

Camerino, Marche, Italy. 

Plaça d’Espanya, Barcelona, Spain.

View of Coex Mall & World Trade Center from Bongeunsa Temple. Seoul, South Korea.

Playa Delfines, Cancun, Mexico

My ultimate travel destination back in those days, Australia, was crossed off my bucketlist. What a privilege and accomplishment! It took a lot of hard-work, dedication, patience and persistence! Totally worth the +- 26 hours of flying 😉

Travel for me has taught me so many important things. Among them is discipline (saving $ regularly and not spend it on useless things) and also never losing focus of your goal.

Everything can be done. I agree with Adidas slogan: “Impossible is NOTHING” It is definitely the right attitude to have!

Now I have been able to travel a few times every year and it doesn’t require thousands of $, unless you are going on an expedition or to 5 stars hotels. I have a habit of writing down exactly where I want to go and what I want to see & do. I also set a specific timeline, which keeps me motivated!

Even though I may plan things to the last detail (which is quite new for me as I used to rely only on the greatest GPS of all *A.K.A my ♥* Sometimes the best plan is to just go with the flow. I am not saying you should go to dark, shady areas but yet go off the beaten path. Explore, take different roads. The discoveries you make are not in those travel guides (trust me I do love Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Frommers)

If you’ve been following me you know that after I came back from Seoul I went to Central America for about a month (went back to my roots) & I just spent a week in the Eastern US coast (Boston & New York City). It was awesome and helped me prepare for the 2nd half of 2012. That was planned a year ago before leaving South Korea and turned out 10 x better than I imagined 😉

Travel has played a very big role in my growth, personally, mentally and emotionally. It is indeed the best medicine. It is a necessity in life! I sure have seen and appreciated even more the beauty that surrounds me and met great people along the way. For that I bow in gratitude.

Let me know what travel means to you & if you have stories to share with me/us, feel free! I’d love to read them.

L♥ve xo

Kay

P.S: BTW I totally forgot to mention this but who do you think called me & showed up at my doorstep 11 years later? Unfreakingbelievable. Guilty conscious perhaps!

Some people leave without being kicked out or saying goodbye and come back without being called or welcome!

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12 thoughts on “How travel healed me part 2

  1. andiperullo says:

    I think all heartbreaks are blessings, we just can’t see that through the pain at first or sometimes maybe never, but they still are blessings. You broke up with the person, because they were not the right person for you ever or in that moment. When you let go of them you then open your life up to the possibility of so many amazing things!!! This is exactly what happened to you. 🙂

    • travellersoul76 says:

      Thank you so much for your beautiful words of wisdom hermosa!

      Pain is something necessary sometimes and it takes a while to realize that its better to let go of things or persons that were definitely not meant for you. We must Let it go!

      As you say, I allowed amazing things to happen in my life and did they come by one after the other!

      I sincerely don’t regret anything I’ve done since then.

      But the most amazing thing happened too! Oh gosh, If I could write about it. It is like a real life soap opera.

      Ever seen the movie “Sex in the city 2” when Carrie sees someone from the past? Kind of like that.

      I could write an entire post about it but Im not sure if i should. It’s quite something.

      Thank you so much your time & your advice.

      You, of all the great people on twitter, are a true example on how to overcome obstacles and God definitely had someone amazing (Lucas) waiting for you! Your love for each other is truly inspiring.

      Time will come for me, I am not in a hurry. I am having fun, keeping busy & exploring our planet!

      Muchas gracias de todo corazon por tu atencion.

      Much love,

      Meeee xo 😉

      • Janet says:

        Hi Miss Karla

        Love your post. Love and live the message.

        You know my story and it plays into the heartbreak theme. I lost my health (largest heartbreak one can imagine) but never gave up on my dreams (still haven’t). A loss forces you to refocus and find a new balance, and usually you’re better off in the end. :))

        Life takes things away from us so we can better appreciate the next thing coming to us. Always embrace the bad as well as the good, as they both teach us.

        Have to read more now!! 🙂

      • travellersoul76 says:

        Dear Janet.

        I appreciate you taking the time to comment and I am happy you liked the post.

        Heartbreaks can be quite a pain but you know what, it does not stop you from living and moving forward.

        Yes I know about your health but yet again you are stronger than anyone I know who would just throw a self pity party & be a victim.

        You make your dreams come true no matter what and that is priceless & just incredible.

        Life is a precious gift and we must make the most out of it.

        You are a winner darling, don’t forget that.

        Thank you again for stopping by & I will be here to cheer you on ra ra rah 😉

        Much love,

        Kay

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