If I’m honest, my mood’s been shit since Sunday. And I know that it’s time for a change of scenery in order to improve my perspective (and attitude). I can’t identify exactly what’s bothering me, but taking some space will afford me the chance to reflect.
In honour of my recent birthday, I created a new list of personal goals to achieve before August 2019. This year, goals around Health & Wellness made the cut – so that’s where I’m focusing my energy.
Last week I wrote about my successful transition into a more pedestrian lifestyle. For the past five years a bicycle has been my primary mode of transportation. I don’t consider myself to be a particularly good driver, so I’ve enjoyed not relying on a vehicle. But I’ve discovered that pedestrians have problems of their own.
A few years ago I had had a particularly bad day. I texted a friend (hi, Martha!) complaining about expat life in France and she responded with a meme. It was a picture of an anchor with a quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt, “A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor”. Interesting. I don’t know much about sailing. So why did she send it?
I’m someone who prefers to take the scenic route. You could say I’m more interested in the journey, less the destination. I appreciate the quieter moments of travel, like leisurely neighbourhood walks, over chaotic visits to busy tourist attractions.
When I’m looking for travel inspiration I usually begin with Google. My search starts with a generic topic, for example “beautiful villages in France” and then it’s off to the races. It’s pretty easy for me to fall down a rabbit hole and lose myself in research. Thanks to the magic of the internet, new trip/travel ideas are never more than a few mouse clicks away.
I know, I know. It’s a stretch. But before you disagree, hear me out. Here’s a list of 6 reasons why Meghan Markle is an expat spouse.