After returning from my roadtrip in the Maritimes, I knew I needed to leave again - that travel bug is definitely hard to get rid of(not that it's a bad thing)! Since I have been gone for five months and I even put The Beauty Hippie on hiatus, I feel like I owe my faithful readers and friends an explanation.
I talked about why I first started traveling in my post about my backpacking adventure in Europe, which is also why, two years after, I needed to leave again. On top of my wrecked emotional state, I was also dealing with topical steroid withdrawal all of the past year - I was honestly in the darkest place I have ever been in my life and I have never been more scared. I knew something needed to change, so I put all of my hope in this trip.
Reading travel blogs, researching the best routes and camping spots, exploring options on how to live in a car, and connecting with people who gave me tips and tricks, is what kept me going and fuelled my need to explore unknown territories. I decided that this trip would be kind of a pilgrimage to find myself. The last week of November, I woke up one morning and decided that I was leaving. I packed everything I would need in my car and drove, drove, and drove, without knowing eexactly where I was going, but south.
When I reached Florida, I was in awe with the amazing weather, the palm trees, the ocean... but I quickly realized that it was very different from Canada. At times I felt so unsafe and scared that I thought of going back home, but I knew I was stronger than that, and that I didn't come all the way just to back down at the first hardship. One morning, I drove by an equestrian campground, and that's the moment where everything changed. There, I met so many wonderful people who changed my life more than they will ever know.
I consider these people my other family. They were so nice and helpful, they introduced me to other people, they made me experience so many crazy opportunities... I eventually made my way to California, where I met other people on the way, and lived so many incredible things. When I think back to all of that, I feel like it was a dream. When I came back, I was changed. I had a new outlook on life, I had hope again, I had plans... I was me again.
As for The Beauty Hippie, I decided to take things slow. When you come home after five months, a lot of things need to be taken care of, and my website is not a priority for now. I just started a new job, I plan to go back to school, see the people I love more, travel more, read more books - live more! I am currently working on a few posts, but I am taking it one day at a time. Again, thank you so much for supporting me through all of that. I am more active on Instagram than anywhere else, so feel free to keep in touch!