I started traveling at 13. So, you might say I have my rituals when it’s time to travel. One of my rituals, if you could call it like that, is to never plan a trip, trips should just happen, trips should be like grab your clothes and leave so you can stop calculating every little centimeter of your life. A trip should be an exit of your everyday life.
Maybe that’s why most of my trips are made in less than a week, meaning, I want to go somewhere, I’m going the next weekend and so on.
But as I said, I’m traveling since I’m 13 and most of the time, I’m traveling by myself or as a team, which is more like a job and not a trip.
I saw this new opportunity for traveling and I thought: Katherine, you deserve this trip! You’ve work hard the whole year, non-stop since January, you’re going great in everything you planned for your life in New Year’s Eve, you’ve reached your goals, take a break. Literally.
Once I convinced myself to go, I though I had enough of being lonely abroad, I wanted to start sharing what it feels like to be free for a couple of days or a couple of hours with the people I love. Who better to start traveling with than the girls who have supported my in my best days and in my worst hours?
I told them like: hey, what are you doing next Sunday? And they were like: nothing, vacation, why?
Why don’t we travel somewhere? Are you in?
And they were!
From that moment, everything was magic. Because, if there was something I had before this trip was my personal rituals, and they always start like 2 days before traveling. But planning a trip with friends is different, because their emotion reaches you and you start to get more and more excited!
Every day we said things like: we’re gonna go in a few days, in a couple of hours we’re gonna be out of the country, I’m making my bag already, what are we gonna eat on the road?
These little questions before the trip made the trip even better because we were all into the trip days before it actually happen!
So, for the first time, I started planning my traveling bag a few days before my trip. And this gave me the time to actually recognize my rituals as rituals and not as things you had to do because you’re traveling in hours.
One of the things that I really enjoy before traveling is looking for local money from my last trips. I say I collect foreign money because it’s easier to say it like that, but what really happened is that I kept the change when going abroad and saved it in a bottle. And this happens with every country I’ve visited! So, when I’m about to travel, again, I search for local coins of the country I’ll visit in that bottle. 🙂
Whenever I’m searching for the coins I’ll use, I see all those coins and instantly remember the good times I had while collecting these coins. I remember the time I found bubble gum in a chinese store in Costa Rica, I remember the time I sat in a bronze lion, I remember the time one friend threw a cracker at me because I said I was hungry, I remember when I had to take a taxi to get to my competition on time.
And I can’t help but imagine what new memories will I have when I bring back more cash to this bottle full of coins and memories.
So, I’m searching for the coins I’ll use in days and recharging my batteries because we’re leaving soon! Can you guess where?