I am travelling in Europe. With a backpack. And I have no idea when I am coming back.
I am absolutely not where I thought I would be in life at 24. I finished university over a year ago and I still have not found a job in my field of study. I still don't know what I really want to do in life. I still live with my mother. And if there is such a thing as a "soulmate", I still have not found them. Also, I am fed up of so many things: the awfuly individualist society we live in, the selfish government, the stupid people obsessed with money and materialistic things, and I could go on and on and on. I feel completely lost, helpless and out of place.
Then, I discovered travel blogs such as Le sac à dos, Voyages etc., Hecktic Travels and GlobetrotterGirls.com, and then it hit me - I needed to escape. And I am not talking laying on the beach in South Carolina for a week - I am craving true adventure, somewhere far away and completely new to me. This is what I have always wanted, since I was a little girl. I guess I just supressed this need to fit in society's mold. But that's enough. I am breaking free.
I met with a friend who I knew would jump in this adventure with me, and I was over the moon when she accepted to join me! We chose Ireland as our first step in Europe, and a day later, our flight was booked. We could not go back. The following weeks have been pretty hectic - I even crossed the borders to Plattsburgh to shop for items I would need on my trip, such as the best back pack, the most lightweight sleeping bag, etc. Because yes, we are only leaving with back packs.
We did not plan ahead, and we really don't want to. There is this wonderful website, Couchsurfing.org, which makes it very easy to find a kind soul who will let you borrow their couch for a night, but we will also sleep in youth hostels and camping in the wild would be pretty amazing too! We dive in this, open to anything. I believe this is the only way to truly and completely enjoy a new adventure.
Of course, while away, I won't be able to properly update Gaby's Beauty Blog, and I don't think turning it into a travel blog is a good idea, but we will see. I will probably schedule a few posts, and upload some of my travel pictures on Pinterest. Honestly, I saw it coming - I was slowly starting to lose my mojo. The online beauty community has changed so much since I started my blog in 2009, and it is getting very ugly. Instead of helping each others, we are constantly bitching and competing with the others, and I am not sure if I want to be a part of this anymore.
So go on, call me crazy, but if I am not doing this now, when will I be able to do it? Probably not when I will be 50, married and with kids...