There are some days, where the second I lay my body down for the night, I literally give myself a big hug and applaud myself. I made it through the day. I didn’t die, I didn’t get angry, and holy shit, I didn’t get lost.
Here was my travel itinerary from Saskatchewan to Vancouver island.
12.27.17: 12pm, get mom and dad to drive me from PA to Saskatoon. 2hrs. Stay at my brothers.
12.30.17: 5:30pm, leave Greyhound station in Saskatoon to Kamloops. 18hrs. Stay at my sisters.
12.31.17: 5:30pm scratch the previous day, had to move my ticket to today because I was puking and too sick to get on the bus yesterday. 18hrs.
01.02.18: 10:00am leave greyhound in Kamloops to Vancouver. 4 hrs. Once in Vancouver, find public transit to get from Greyhound to West Vancouver, to a private Airbnb home. (Take the skytrain from Chinatown station to Granville station, then bus number 250 to Marine drive and 22nd, then walk 1km.) ETA: 5:30pm.
01.03.18: 6:30am, leave said house, walk 1km to bus station, take bus number 250 all the way to Horseshoe bay. 8:30am, take ferry to island. ETA: 10:15am. 10:30 am, Leave in greyhound shuttle bus to Tofino, stop will be the information centre 1 km from resort. 4hrs.
Needless to say, by the time I got to my brand new place, I was exhausted. Pretty sure I slept close to 13 hrs that night. And yes, gave myself a gigantic hug, right before I dozed off.
It may seem simple to a well experienced traveller, but it’s a lot of work. You have to always be alert, always paying attention to everything. Never lose sight of your stuff, and if you’re wearing headphones, don’t have the music too loud. Every second, you pay attention to the energies around you, to the people’s expressions, and if your lucky eavesdrop in on some couples interesting gossip. Be on time, all the time, or you’ll miss your ride. Race through the airport if you have to. Read every sign, and understand the transit schedule. Pay attention to the date and time, and don’t forget to take a selfie!
Vancouver makes it fairly easy to get around, but it’s gigantic, one wrong turn might lead you to some unknown, possibly unwanted, adventure.
And you know what? I love it. I’ve gained a pretty decent sense of direction. I don’t get lost in airports, and I’ve taken public transit through cities like Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Kona, and Vancouver, and haven’t gotten lost yet.
Now, I get a little break. I am staying in one spot for a bit to figure out my next move. I’ll be here for a bit… so if you need me… I’ll be on the beach. Come visit! It’s beautiful.
My goal in the next couple of months… rest, eat, sleep, maybe create a travel bucket list, and figure out how to get back to where my heart is… Hawaii.
Where in the world do you think I should go??