The First 6 Months: Dec 01.10 – May 01.10

I can’t believe that 6 months has already passed since I began this amazing RTW (Round The World) adventure.  It has been everything I dreamed of and more.  When I first started developing a firm plan for my trip I had a few things in mind that I hoped to achieve, things that I have always wanted to do and places that I have always wanted to visit but didn’t have the opportunity… as well as taking the time to visit with family and friends.  So far, after the first 6 months, I can say I’m right on track.  I have ziplined on the Big Island of Hawaii; cycled from Saigon to Hanoi, Vietnam; I rode an elephant in Cambodia; rode a camel in the Great Thar Desert in India; I snorkelled in the Andaman Sea in India and I fed, bathed and rode elephants in Sri Lanka. I have visited ancient temples, historic forts, and magnificent palaces.  I have witnessed extreme poverty and opulent luxury.  I celebrated Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Hawaii with my best friend, I celebrated Vietnamese New Year in Hanoi with a couple of new friends, and I celebrated India’s colourful Holi Festival in Jaipur with a wonderful friend who joined me for 3 weeks in India.  I got a small taste of trekking in Nepal, which only whet my appetite to revisit and do more.  I cruised through the Backwaters of Kerala and I have sampled some amazing food in every country I have visited.  It hasn’t been all fun… the train ride from Udaipur to Mumbai will be a memory I won’t soon forget, and my attempt at 10 days of meditative silence forced me to call it quits early with more joint pain than I’ve ever experienced before.   I have visited with family and friends along the way (and I couldn’t have done this without their love and support and for keeping me company through their emails and Facebook comments and messages) and I have met some amazing, wonderful people everywhere I have visited, making new friends in Vietnam, Cambodia, India and Sri Lanka. 6 months… 182 days… and I still have a lot of travelling left.  I can’t wait for the next chapter to begin as I prepare to head to the Middle East to visit the pyramids, cruise down the Nile and sleep under the stars with a Bedouin tribe in the White Desert; experience the awe inspiring ancient city of Petra carved out of stone and the spectacular beauty of Wadi Rum in Jordan; take in gay pride festivities in Tel Aviv before touring what is the ‘Holyland’ for many of the world’s religions in Israel and discovering weightlessness while floating in Dead Sea. I will follow that up with a month long tour of Turkey with one of the highlights, sleeping in a cave hotel in Cappadocia.  I can’t believe that all of these things that I have dreamed about have become my reality. I hope that by sharing my adventures I can inspire others to take a chance and live out their dream, whether it’s travelling the world like me, or doing something else that they have always dreamed about but were too afraid or felt too bogged down by responsibility to attempt.  Stay Tuned!

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5 Responses to “The First 6 Months: Dec 01.10 – May 01.10”

  1. Karen C
    May 5 at 8:32 pm #

    So awesomely proud of you for doing this and taking in so much of this world.

    • Darren
      May 6 at 1:30 am #

      Thanks Karen. As I mentioned I couldn’t have done this without the love and support of my family and friends.

  2. Johnny Jet
    May 20 at 9:43 am #

    You are awesome! Great job and keep inspiring people

  3. Sebastian Farias
    May 30 at 3:01 pm #

    Hello Darren

    Since I found your article on the Metro newspaper on November 29, 2010 you have been a source of inspiration to me. I kept the article on my office wall as a reminder that someday I must do a significant travel and adventure like yours. The bug had already bitten me by watching TV shows like Long Way Round and Long Way Down, or By Any Means but I feel more identify with your story as you are doing it by foot (as I’d be planning mine)
    In my lunch break I follow your stories and blog and it had been a while since but now I realized that it’s been alost 7 months since you started your journey.
    All the best buddy and keep on inspiring people. I hope I can write my travel stories one day the way you do

    Happy trails!

    Seb

    • Darren
      June 1 at 7:57 am #

      Wow Sebastian thank you for your vote of confidence… I’m glad you feel like I am inspiring you to get out and live your dream (as I am). Once you’ve been bitten by the travel bug you can’t really shake it until you hit the road and do it! So many people tell me ‘You are so lucky. I could never do what you are doing.’ But I always respond that if it is something you truly are passionate about then you can make it happen. People respond about ‘responsibilities’ but we all have responsibilities but they don’t have to be liabilities. If it’s financial, make it a priority and scrimp and save all you can. If it’s family, I believe the best education for children is travel. The things I have learned in the past 7 months I could never dream of learning in a classroom. The places I’ve been, the things I’ve seen and the people I’ve met have given me a completely new view of the world. Good Luck, stay in touch… and Live Your Dream!

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