#DoYouIndie November 8 – Bootsnall’s Indie Question:
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO ON YOUR RTW TRIP? CREATE A DREAM JOURNEY, NOT WORRYING ABOUT BUDGET.
On this already-initiated, 3rd RTW trip of mine, I want to go Everywhere! I’m in Mexico now for an unknown number of months. Will I get out of darling San Miguel de Allende long enough to explore the rest of this country? Sure, because all of Mexico is truly beautiful.
Then, I’m heading south, so Guatemala, Belize and all of Central America come next. No need to fly with good buses running. I have already explored most of South America but might return to some of the upper countries, like Colombia and Venezuela. By Summer, 2016, I might fly to Eastern Canada, another U.S. neighbor I haven’t dipped into, and explore Montreal and the Maritimes before flying to London for a long look at Western Europe. Possibly, I’ll even catch a few of my favorite countries of Eastern Europe, too. Letting temperature and visa requirements be my only guide, I’ll eventually drop into Africa…. probably, Morocco, and then wander south from there.
I’ll plan to be in Kampala, Uganda, on the shore of Lake Victoria (Victory) on my 80th birthday in September, 2017. The only significance to being there is to highlight the fact that, at such an advanced age, I’m still capable of such. The next two years will have defined themselves by that time. About the only rule of thumb is to follow the sun and not stray into cold countries out of season.
So, that’s my dream journey and it’s already in progress and I’m loving it. Nothing can go wrong concerning this trip; as nothing that happens is bad. It just becomes absorbed as a part of the embroidery. I was hospitalized for a fall in Sweden once, but it was a pleasant stay. I may wind up in an unpleasant location someday, but my exit plans can always be accelerated. My physical journey symbolizes the one I’m taking though Life. It will amount to many subtle or tremendous discoveries about people and places; and then, will conclude whenever it will. That conclusion, itself, will surely amount to the best adventure of all!
November 9th’s Indie Question:
HOW CAN YOU PRACTICE TRAVEL CAUTION WITHOUT BECOMING PARANOID?
When one sets out upon a long, solo trip, caution should already be a built-in piece of equipment. So, it’s basically the same instinct that any responsible adult should have about their person or their possessions every single day. Statistically, we are in a greater danger of falling into a yawning sidewalk hole, of which there are plenty in this charming little town; than we ever will be of having a bag snatched, a wallet picked or a gun pointed.
Get real with yourself, first and foremost, and take on your own security responsibility so that you don’t panic needlessly, or wind up in a pothole or a stickup.
My simple example is to train my mind by following a habit – at home and abroad: my “purse” is the very same black daypack that I use every day; plus, an ever-present, bellybag around my waist. Money is distributed between the two, with bank cards and some spending cash around my middle. The big pack is either beside me or in transit upon my back. Thus, my mind is always aware of the whereabouts and contents, and it monitors this for me. It’s the same way that I track the flow of my money supply, in and out of my bank. Subliminally!
Anything else concerning safety falls into the realm of avoiding stupidity. I don’t have a nightlife, generally, but taxis cover me if I do. I’m a good judge of people and everybody is my friend or I don’t stick around. Every single human being is equipped with a safety system called The Mind, but it must be activated in order to serve them. Those who substitute their native intelligence with a blanket of paranoia, are “out to lunch!” Meaning, that they will soon serve as somebody else’s lunch! There is still such a thing as Survival of The Fittest!