It’s been a little while since I have written one of these posts so I thought I’d talk about what kept me pretty busy last month - this little group of islands, commonly known as Hawaii. That’s right, I got to spend ten amazing days exploring two of the Hawaiian Islands - Maui and Oahu - with the best family and friends you can ask for. Over the past 5 or so years, I’ve developed this troubling addiction that is for sure going to send me broke.
Travel. An expensive 💸 but worth every cent addiction that started to bubble to the surface after graduating high school. Until then I had never really had an urge to travel overseas. In fact, the idea of going to places where guns are everywhere, terrorists attack and Mother Nature enjoys creating havoc, made me kind of nervous. Then, one day I was listening to the radio and I just happened to hear a woman winning a trip to New York City. I have never felt such jealousy in my life. Suddenly, I was desperate to go anywhere. I went to my parents (who have always been good little money savers) and long story short, after a lot of grovelling and working out finances, we booked a 6 week trip around the USA. This was going to be the trip to give us a taste of overseas and get the travel bug out of our system. Wow, did that backfire!
I can’t really explain what it is about travelling that I’ve fallen in love with. I’m still not totally cool with the whole flying thirty thousand feet in the air thing, and having to allow for a wheelchair everywhere you go can be a little stressful at times. Yet, what seems to have become a yearly thing - we plan, we pack, we go exploring - has become the ultimate high for me. Getting to experience things and see sights I never imagined I would, that is what I think has become the addiction. I’ve walked along the streets of the city that never sleeps (which it totally doesn’t). I’ve driven around on a glacier that’s been around since the 1800s. I’ve visited the King of Rock’n’Rolls house and explored the battleship where Japan surrendered in WWII.
These are just some selected highlights from the last few adventures (check out the video below from our latest trip) and yes, I’ve really only gotten to explore the USA so far, which you could explore for a lifetime and never see everything you want, Never fear though, the rest of this crazy planet is definitely on my ‘must-get-to-see’ list.
People are often amazed by how much I’ve been able to do, given my disability and all, but with the unwavering assistance from my family and friends, I’ve come to learn that there aren't many places I can’t get to in one way or another. My dream, one day, is to create a project, whether it be a documentary or web/TV series, in which I can show you all how I travel and how so much more is possible than you might think. Ok, inspiring preach over.