unexpected serendipity

Hmm, 12 days at home? Where could I fly to instead? Nepal? Ooh, Everest Base Camp trek… Sounds good. Leaves in 6 days? Doable. Book.

One year ago, I would never have done anything so completely on a whim.

I’ve spent the last twelve months in Vietnam, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Nepal, Australia, Thailand, and Cambodia, not to mention other destinations, and honestly? I hadn’t planned going to half of them.

This past year, I’ve let serendipity completely be my guide, and now, after playing around with the art of planned unplanning, I challenge all of you to give it a try.

Good things happen when you occasionally throw your plans to the wind.

Now this isn’t an excuse to just not plan any future trip! You still need to plan sights and hostels and such, but please let yourself make changes to those plans. If someone invites you into their home, say yes. If someone asks you to have a drink or dinner, say yes. Meet people and join their fun, get on the next train no matter where it departs. Have a little faith in the chaos and spontaneity of the world, and I promise you, you’ll have a wonderful little adventure. This adventure may be full of speed bumps and difficulty, but the positives will outweigh the negatives. You will learn and grow, you will see things you’ve only dreamed of seeing if you just let go of apprehension and do whatever life urges you to do.

Spontaneity in travel is what makes travel, well, travel. Travel is full of meeting people from all sorts of backgrounds and lifestyles; it’s about seeing the way people truly live or discovering little hole-in-the-wall places. It’s about putting yourself in a position to see things that you never thought you would see. That’s travel, that’s adventure, that’s the result of being serendipitous.

I will not tell you how to go about being serendipitous; half the growing and learning happens through figuring it out on your own. My only word of advice is to say yes to things you’d normally question.

I found some off-the-beaten-track ruins in Spain through serendipity.

I trekked up to Everest Base Camp because of spontaneity, which in turn, preempted me to spontaneously trek for thirty days when plans very quickly changed.

I even started this blog on a whim!

Through marching to my own beat, I have had some of the wildest, most loved and cherished experiences, and I truly urge you all to say yes to adventure and let life take you to wherever you’re supposed to go. Have a little faith and do great things. One year ago, I decided to let life take me wherever it decided to, and I haven’t looked back since. You won’t either.


Originally posted on mytrending stories. Read the original here

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4 thoughts on “unexpected serendipity

  1. I love the positivity you’re sending into this community and the world around you 🙂
    Your writing inspires me to be free and love my life more truly, thank you for that!
    I’ve given you a follow and can’t wait to read more 🙂

    Happy writing,
    Fioza

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  2. I am going to NEED to know more about Everest Base Camp, any recommendations? I’m taking the train from Beijing to Lhasa in April and then overlanding to Kathmandu – absolutely cannot wait!

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