Tonight, is the night, of nights (name that quote). The night before the night to be more exact, but in my gut, it feels like it’s already here.
As I sit on my porch, with the cool fall air caressing my skin, I am overcome with a familiar feeling but one that I have not felt for some time. It is a feeling of indescribable excitement laced with bouts of anxiety and fear. I am confident yet unconfident all at once.
Will I be able to overcome the many unknowns that lay ahead of me? I can prevail, can’t I? I have done so in the past, so why not again. But it has been a while since I have been on the road, am I up for it?
Whether I’m ready or not, it doesn’t matter. The fact is, I have my ticket and I am going. And I will force myself to find the confidence no matter what. I will not back down because I never back down. Not in the face of a challenge. Banzai!!!!
That’s the irony about confidence, you never have enough of it beforehand, only after you have overcome does confidence become yours.
On Friday September 30th 2011, I will depart on an epic adventure. I will travel in the ways of my idols, Jack Kerouac and Alexander Supertramp to name a few. I will walk the lonely roads, hitchhike with French grannies, and stowaway aboard ships. I will seek to expand my mind, to love all those I encounter, and to find contentment in all that I see.
I will begin my trip in London. From there, my only plan is to travel to the Sudan. After some time in Africa, I plan to travel by land to the islands of Japan. I have no specific route as of yet, only an arrival date, April 2012.
Though I will be roughing it most of the time, thanks to chains such as Starbucks, with their plentiful leftovers, their clean and lockable bathrooms and most importantly their wifi internet service, I will be able to stay in touch. I hope to post every other day or at least twice a week. I will post about my journey but I will also post practical budget guides for you runaways and intense backpackers out there.
So, feel free to live vicariously through me. Suggest where I should go, what I should see and what I should do. And if you fancy a postcard, let me know!
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In any case, all the best, wish me luck,