It’s not every day you get the opportunity to go on sabbatical. So when the opportunity came up, I couldn’t let it pass by. I knew I had wanted to spend my sabbatical traveling. But for quite some time, I couldn’t decide where to go. It wasn’t until my trip to Costa Rica last November that it sparked the inspiration. After getting a taste of Latin America, I knew South America was precisely the type of adventure I was after.
To be clear, this isn’t some 18-year old’s journey to figuring out the meaning of life or some path to rediscovery due to a midlife crisis. To the contrary of what some of you may think, nor is this the sequel to Eat Pray Love. For sure, there will be certain aspects that you can definitely count on, such as a whole lot of eating.
But what this is, is simply taking a moment for myself. It’s to get away from the hustle and bustle, the noise, and the constant bombardment of information and artificial stimulation. It’s taking the time to reflect and reconnect whether it’s my passion for traveling, experiencing new cultures, savoring over good food, or just enjoying what this world has to offer.
I know spending the next 60 days traveling through South America alone will come with its challenges. Aside from the time in Costa Rica, it was a decade ago I last traveled solo – 18, bright-eyed, and bushy-tailed backpacking through Thailand. It’ll be the first time since I’ll be on my own for such a length of time. I guess that’s what excites and terrifies me at the same time.
I decided I wanted to document my sabbatical and the journey I will embark. But also share with you all my experiences. Not just share the stories of my own but also the stories of others. Sharing with you what I learn along the way to my thoughts and passion.
Check out my blog daily to keep updated and follow me on Instagram @wheres.wang as I embark on this journey. 60 days on the road, 6 counties, 2 continents, and 1 journey to discovery. This is one sabbatical trip you won’t want to miss.