During my ‘gap year’ between college and university, my girlfriend and I decided to go to Europe for twenty one days. While I did not know at the time that it was a ‘gap year’, I did know for sure upon our return, that I was forever changed. I loved it. The most wonderful thing is that I feel as passionate about adventure today, as I did then.
Travel is an amazing way to learn about the world and ultimately learn more about who we are. As they say, you can tell a lot about someone by how they handle a rainy day, lost luggage and a five hour flight delay. Especially if it is all in one day!
There isn’t an entire week that goes by that I do not feel immense gratitude to be able to do the work that we do. When I play the mental game of, ‘If I won $5 million dollars, what would I do?’, the conclusion is always the same: This is it! The interesting part about this is that when I started my career, this job didn’t exist. How fun to look back now and be in a role I could only have dreamed was possible in my twenties. This role ticks off every box I need: the ability to work with people and independently, help others, work from home and essentially from anywhere, plan events and be in the middle of the action, be a member of a vibrant economic industry, learn every day, grow, stretch and then of course be able to weave in my love of travel.
For those of us in the industry, we know we need to love it as the hours are long, we lose sleep, we put our entire heart into it – sometimes to the point of exhaustion, and the travel we do ‘for work’ is not always enjoyable. Let’s call this part ‘the spice’. Remember that love interest who was ‘perfect’ and always did and said everything we wanted to hear and do? Boring! We need the challenges as long as the pros outweigh the cons.
In 2000, life opened up to allow a second ‘three week window’ to travel through Europe and Britain. It will be another few years before life will offer this again, so in the meantime, the sweet memories and anticipation for the ‘next big adventure’ fuels the passion to work hard every day, knowing that we will be reunited in an embrace that will transcend time.