Spontaneous Travel: Bali

So I’m headed to Bali in two weeks for 10 days. Followed by a couple weeks in Oregon and a week in San Francisco… then I’m driving down the coast of California through Big Sur. I’m going to check off “camp in Big Sur” from my list of things to do before I die. Then back to San Diego. After all that I will have to post up for awhile and only do weekend trips to local spots. I think I may have worked equal amount of time that I took off this last year, but by the end of October I will have traveled to six countries. My next big travel plans will be traveling South America for a few months… hopefully by the end of next year. I’ve been talking about that trip for awhile now so I’m ready to make that happen.


My problem (although I’m not sure it’s a problem) is that I will book a last minute trip if it feels right. Bali had been coming up for me quite a bit in the last few months – it seems all my friends have been there except me – so it seemed right to tack it onto my trip up north. Done deal. I have no idea what I’m going to do when I get there are where I’m staying but f@#k it… I’ll be in Bali – I’ll figure it out. I missed Burning Man this year so it only seems appropriate to go…

I had a conversation with someone who is dear to my heart about my travels and it didn’t go as well as I had hoped. His response (among many) was that I was a “risk taker” and he was a “safe player” and therefore he didn’t see why me going on this trip was smart. But you know what… I’d rather take risks. I don’t want to be on my death bed when I’m 100 (yes, I plan on living to be 100) and think back and say “damn, I wish I would of done this or that”. We are blessed with this life and all the glorious things it has to offer… I don’t want to sit and wait for shit to happen to me… I want to be a mover and shaker and make things happen. Besides, as soon as someone tells me I can’t do something I want to turn around and do it. We all create limiting beliefs for ourselves – beliefs that we self-create that keep us from doing the things we want most in life… then when someone else takes those risks we try to put our limiting beliefs on that person. Over it.

The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided.  It is sometimes better to abandon one’s self to destiny.  ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

So some may say I’ve been really lucky… but I’ve created that luck. I face my fears and dive right in. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but I always come out stronger and wiser. So in the end if you take a risk and it completely fails it’s still worth the knowledge gained right? I’d say so… So go ahead take the risk. Your life is waiting. Maybe I’ll see you in Bali… 🙂