New year, new life…

New year, new life…

We are 1 week into 2017,  and in 2 days I get on a one-way flight to Guatemala…S***. 2017 will be the year I let in the light again. After what feels like too long in the dark. New year, new life, new goals and new me!This is not a post about new year’s resolutions or about setting myself challenges about weight loss or not drinking. It’s about making a decision and jumping in both feet (possibly head first).

This is not a post about new year’s resolutions, or about setting myself challenges about weight loss or not drinking. It’s about making a decision and jumping in both feet (possibly head first).

I’m not naive enough to think that this coming year is going to be a fairytale full of exotic locations and life changing experiences. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be about 40-50% of that.

The rest of the time it’s probably going to be:

  • missing my friends and family
  • trying to be consistent with my freelance work whilst on the road with sketchy wifi
  • and having to constantly problem solve and think on my feet

But one thing I know is that by the end of 2017 I’m going to have some pretty epic tales to tell that’s for sure.

Maybe I’ll hate life on the road and I’ll be back home in Blighty by June, maybe I’ll still be travelling 6 years from now. Who knows! That’s the most exciting part for me right now. Having no set in stone plan.

2016 was a painful year for me. I learnt to let go of things not meant for me. I learnt to be brave, and I learnt its ok to let other people hold you up sometimes. At points, I didn’t think I would make it through the year without completely collapsing under the weight of it all. Those were the moments I learnt to let go. To let others help out. In doing so I realised that things carry on just fine without me, which is always bittersweet to realise.

So here I am on my own for the first time in a very long time ready to jump into the unknown.

What are you going to be doing, I hear you ask?!

Well, first of all, I’m going to be doing a crash course in Spanish! I will be in Guatemala studying at The Cooperative School and staying with a host family. Then I’ll spend a week at a cooking school volunteering, and learn all about Guatemalan cooking. After that, I’ll be at an Adventure Tour Company for before teaching English and IT in a school in a small village. I’m then going to take some time to explore the places I hadn’t chance to explore before heading to Costa Rica!

I have (somehow) managed to get all of my things into a 55lt backpack and a small rucksack…I’ve even managed to get my yoga mat in and all of my herbs, which I’m pretty impressed with! Especially considering how much tech gear I have to take with me. I have my travel insurance with World Nomads (who are amazing by the way) to make sure I’m all covered and a tonne of books loaded on my Kindle.

Sitting at the top taking in the view

I’m still processing everything that has happened over the past few months and can’t quite believe what I about do! But there is one thing I have never done and that’s back away from a challenge. I’ll be working freelance, location independently the whole time so I also need to be conscious of not constantly being on the road as it will make working too difficult.  

For me, this is as much a spiritual journey as it is a physical one. It’s about learning and being open to new experiences. I want to learn Spanish, to deepen my yoga practice, learn more about nature and most of all I want to be outdoors as much as I can! To climb volcanoes, trek through jungles, walk jungle top canopies, swim in the ocean, surf waves and most of all I want to find some inner peace.

Happy New Year to you all wherever you are in the world and whatever you are doing. I hope this year brings you every happiness.

 

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  • Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with. 
  • Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections. 
  • Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
  • Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
  • Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there. 
  • Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership! 
  • Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
  • RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals. 
  • Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
  • World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review. 
  • SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here
  • Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration. 
  • Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.

Claire Summers

Dancer, producer, traveller, photographer, cake maker, dog lover and knitter of Christmas scarfs.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Completely in awe! Enjoy every second x

  2. Best of luck with your adventures for 2017!

  3. Sounds like you have an amazing journey ahead of you! I totally agree that if you’re freelancing traveling slow is the only option so you don’t end up totally exhausted and behind on deadlines! I’ve been trying to do as much work as I can ahead of my next trip so I have a little bit of a head start to make up for how much I’ll be bouncing around.

  4. The crash course in Spanish sounds like a great idea. I also think volunteering at a school and cooking is such an amazing opportunity. I can’t wait to read all about your upcoming exciting adventures. Happy 2017!

  5. Wow, it sounds like you have a great plan for 2017! Good luck! I had to sit and really think about my resolutions for the year. For whatever reason I used to always make them about dumb things like losing a few pounds which really don’t matter in the grand scheme of things. This has inspired me to sit down and really come up with a few good things I want to accomplish this year!

  6. Wow sounds like a great plan for 2017! I haven’t thought about my adventures too much but I should start planning! Excited to follow along your journey!

  7. That sounds like an exciting adventure! I’ve never been to Guatemala but I would love to go. And I bet your Spanish will get really good. I love planning a year’s worth of travel ahead of time, and I usually stick to my plans. But since I am a teacher, I count the year as starting in September and ending in August!

  8. Good luck with the new goals and aspirations for 2017, Claire! Hope you have a kick-ass year and I mean it literally, kicking 2016 in the ass 😉

    2016 has been pretty tough for me too! Yet some of the travels were soothing the troubles 🙂 The next on list is a wonderful road trip through the beautiful Kerala of India that looks something like this <3
    https://travelhighway.com/place/india/kerala/varkala-beach/75

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