It was night 38 of laying on our backs while a cold, winter rain pounded the roof of our home, a 1999 Subaru Station wagon. Through my straining eyes I tried to assess how big the patch of green, fuzzy mold had grown in the last two weeks. Two square inches? Three? Four? It didn’t matter. It was another night in the rain while sleeping in our moldy car.
Through a lot of indecisive days (and more moldy nights) we finally booked tickets to fly us away to sunny, beautiful and friendly Fiji. And what a great decision it was. A more in depth look and lessons we learned was recently featured on WeSaidGoTravel website with a story titled, Fiji: From Mold to Sun. So please check it out and leave a comment if you wish.
To succeed as long term travelers I find my preconceived thoughts about life and the world are challenged more than I would ever think. Long term travel is not designed to put one’s plan in a box with lots of specifics. Long term travel is about taking advantage of what opportunities come your way and exploring this earth. I believe that thought pattern parallels ‘regular’ life, whether you are a traveler or not. That moldy car could have been a metaphor for a displeasing job, goal unexplored or any number of thought cycles we humans are prone to boxing ourselves in with. Yes, we could have spent another thirty days living in that moldy car to say we did it. But why? Life, how ever we are choosing to spend it, is too short to be unwilling to alter our plans – that’s one of the biggest lessons travel has shown me. There are after all, a lot of bright sunny days ahead of us if we choose to put ourselves in positions to enjoy them.
Please read and enjoy the rest of this article at Fiji: From Mold to Sun.