And so, it begins…


In less than six hours, I’ll be waking up and getting ready to go to the airport for my flight! I can hardly believe that my journey will be beginning so soon. Right now I’m feeling quite nervous, apprehensive but also excited that the time has come and soon I’ll be on that flight to Mexico! There are the usual niggly worries, such as, have I overpacked? (yes, I imagine I have – will post up what I packed later…I weighed my bag and its just about 18.5kg so under my baggage allowance. Thankfully I have the option to wheel my bag about the place!) But apart from the baggage and the onward travel thing, I’m feeling pretty good.

I feel extremely lucky and blessed to be able to set off on an adventure like this, grateful to all of my wonderful family and friends who have been really supportive and helped me in preparing for this, I’ve gotten so much great advice and contacts for along the way that even though I’m travelling alone, I don’t feel alone in this journey. I will be bringing everyone with me and I am going to try to make the very best of this entire experience. My hopes and dreams for this journey are mainly to embrace it ALL, the good and the bad. I know that there will be tough days when I’ll probably want to come home but in just six short months I will be back in Ireland for a few weeks before I head off again, and I know how fast that time will fly by. Above all, I am looking forward to this experience so that I can learn more about the world, and myself, to grow as a person by challenging myself and my perceptions of myself and other things. The world is HUGE and for so long I’ve yearned to see more of it and now I’m finally going to do it. And although I’m feeling pretty scared now and already missing everyone, I know I have to do this. Before I rest my head and have my final sleep in my bed at home for the next six months, here is one of my favourite quotes:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

– Mark Twain

I’m off to do just that. Wish me luck!


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