I’ve been a bit silent here on the blog for the last couple of weeks, but there’s a good reason for this – I’m writing my first ebook!!
I’ve been thinking about writing an ebook for, I don’t know, only the last year or so. Throwing ideas around, talking to the hubby about them, but nothing seemed quite right. Until just a few weeks ago when the hubby and I were making some travel plans (more on those later) and he pipes up with, “Why don’t you write a book about traveling and staying healthy? I mean, you’re an expert at that stuff.”
And I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of that before! So that’s exactly what I did.
The last couple of weeks I’ve been glued to my laptop writing furiously, and I’m pretty happy to report that the words are finished. Now all I need to do is put it all together and I’ll be ready to release it into the world.
Because staying healthy while traveling is what I know! I’ve been traveling now, on and off, for about 14 years and the person that I am has changed dramatically in that time. When I first started traveling as a naïve 21-year-old, I was a smoking, drinking party girl whose sole desire in life was to get really wasted and go clubbing. High ambitions right?!? After leaving New Zealand I went straight to Dublin, Ireland and proceeded to throw myself headfirst into the party scene, and I can tell you quite honestly that the last thing I cared about was my health.
This almost seems quite unbelievable now; if I hadn’t been there myself I would almost say it wasn’t true! These days when I plan my travels I look for vegan cafes, cycling tours and yoga classes, and I’m often up at the crack of dawn for some awesome trek or day trip. Back in the day it was the total opposite – going to sleep at the crack of dawn and barely seeing outside of the hostel.
So as I’ve evolved, so has the type of traveling I experience. No more nightclubs, party hostels and not getting up until the afternoon. Now it’s all about early nights, quiet hotels and spending as much time as possible being outside in the world.
I’ve learned a lot in the last 14 years! I’ve learned a lot about the world, but I’ve learned a whole lot more about myself.
“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher.
Because the thing about travel is that it makes you really see yourself. You learn, you grow and you adapt. You have to face strange situations and really get out of your comfort zone. You develop a kindness to others, and a kindness towards the earth because you realise how incredible it all is, and then you start to develop that same kindness towards yourself.
I started to realise that I didn’t want my traveling experiences to just be nightclubs and drunken memories in different places around the world. I mean, I could stay at home and have exactly the same experience! There’s nothing special about that, and in fact, I barely remember that stuff. I wanted my experiences to be those once-in-a-lifetime moments where you get that sense of wonder and feel truly alive.
And it’s this experience that I have poured into my ebook. Because I want you to feel those once-in-a-lifetime moments too. I want you to be able to look around yourself and be consumed by amazement. And I want you to be functioning at your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual best so that you can appreciate it all!
Because losing our health can really get in the way of enjoying our lives.
So let me leave you with an excerpt from my ebook, Vitality On-The-Go: Your Guide to Healthy Traveling: (which has just been released!! Head to the shop to grab your copy now!)
“You don’t have to sacrifice your health to see the world. You don’t have to be a boozy backpacker just because that’s the stereotype. You don’t have to follow the same route as all those who came before you.
It’s okay to jump out of your comfort zone, try new things, and let the world carry you away. And it’s okay to be yourself and follow your own path and do the things that you love.
It’s okay to open your eyes, your heart and your mind, while still treating your body like the temple that it is. In fact, in my experience it’s a lot easier to be open when the body and mind are healthy and willing.”
Are you a traveller too? Have you noticed your own evolution as the years have gone by? I’d love to hear your stories in the comments below!
With love and lifelong backpacking,