Looking at this page, you are probably seeing pretty pictures set in the background of inspiring words; you'll be mentally adding things to your bucket list rather then the check-out basket, as you continue browsing in the hopes that ‘one day’ you will be able to see the sights displayed.
But what if you could see them now?
A few less red wines on the weekends, a chat with your boss and a YES attitude is all that it takes to get you on a plane to your dream destination. Why not also challenge yourself and go on a tour where you will be able to say that you have achieved something at the end of it? I, for one, am going to climb a mountain!
After several years of yearning to go to Europe, I realised that time and money were restricting me. My determination to go nowhere else but Europe first, has made the only landing in my life be on the couch.
Then I woke up and said – I want to climb the Inca Trail! I enjoy walking and the photographic opportunities would be endless. Most importantly it doesn’t take a year worth of saving (holiday leave or pay cheques) to make this idea a reality.
Couch sitting, however, has taken a toll on my unused body and the trip seems so long away (a whole year from the idea’s inception). So I thought I’d add on another part to my newfound adventurous spirit and go on a trip to Sabah to climb Mt Kinabalu in two months!
The thought process was this: the altitude is less, but definitely enough to give me a taste of Peru. The climb will allow me to put into practise all those stairs that I have been attempting to climb and most importantly I get to travel soon.
Watching everything from ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’ to people puffing away on their climbs up mountains on YouTube and buying gear that I never thought I’d need to booking a photography class, I now feel some form of fulfilment, something that I haven’t really experienced in my life.
The good bits
So apart from the obvious, what are the benefits of taking a challenging adventure in the middle of your busy life? Here's a few:
So do yourself a favour and book now. All you have to do is say…yes!
If you're ready to hit the trail, and see some of the world's most incredible sights, take a look through all our trips for inspiration.