After some months of careful crafting (budgeting, flight booking, convincing clients they don’t need me anymore and parents I am not abandoning my wedding) I am officially on a three month sabbatical.
It feels amazing! I was a bit stressed and emotional pre departure (sorry LOML) but I am on the road now and it’s as if the world of work has totally evaporated and been replaced with real life.
Day 1 (8 Sept): flight to Shanghai
Day 2-4: 53 hrs in Shanghai
Day 4: flight to Thailand (sleep in airport hotel)
Day 5-11: Hanoi and Halong Bay, Vietnam with my sister (also on sabbatical but in Sandton)
Day 12-14: Train journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh with (2 nights on train broken up by 1 night in Citadel city of Hue inbetween) I am writing this from the train so as usual I’m a few posts behind my actual movements – will catch up soon and write in real time I promise.
Day 15-20: Sydney, Australia with my girls
Day 20-25: Road trip up to Byron Bay and back with the realjessharrison
Day 25-27: Back to Sydney for one last w end
Day 28-33: Bali for solo time: beach, yoga, raw + not raw food ( Wedding day approaches)
Day 34-38: More Bali or silent retreat in Thailand (tips for 3-4 day silent retreats in Bali or Thailand welcome please)
Day 39-49: Back to Harlem for LOML time
Day 50-75: South Africa for family time pre wedding
Day 75-81: week in SA on ‘safari’ and in Cape Town with friends and family pre wedding
Day 82: Wedding!!!
Day 83-89: recover from wedding
Day 90: Let’s not talk about it
The goals of the sabbatical:
- Be fit and healthy: Do yoga every day, eat fruit for one meal (currently loosely in observance):
- Blog regularly (currently in observance)
- Develop the habit of reading more (currently at 7% – too many other fun things to do):
- Have one or more life revelations (but don’t think too hard about the meaning of life while on sabbatical)
- Absorb elements from travels to incorporate in daily life when back in New York/find inspiration
Overall, my objective is to enjoy the experience of travel and to appreciate all new things ‘in the moment’ (very yogi lingo, sorry), initiate good habits that can be maintained when back to normal life and spend special time with family and friends, especially my parents, sister and family who are normally so far away.
Thank you world, LOML, sister, friends and fam for supporting this adventure. The objective I’m doing the best at right now is enjoying every moment in the moment!
Enough boring lead up and more fun travel stories to come next time.