I have returned to the winter wonderland that is Queenstown where I have a new job. Whilst my bank account is looking happier, my 5am starts are leaving my mind and body a little worse for wear.
However, whenever I feel myself begin to slip into sadness or tilt towards tired melancholy, I only have to think for a moment about my future travel plans and my memories of travel adventures past, and suddenly I am ready for the road ahead.
So, centred on the ideas of self-growth and the love of travelling, here is my latest list of everyday happiness and cheer:
– Read this excellent article, “How Travel Has Changed My Life”. I relate to pretty much everything that Lauren writes in this article, and it is the perfect example of why I personally love travel.
– Remember that you work to live, you don’t live to work. Don’t believe me? Read Microsoft’s rambling redundancy letter to its employees.
– Watch this awesome speech by author David Foster, “This is Water”. He speaks of stepping outside of our natural state of being self-centred and living with empathy and sympathy for others. A beautiful and vital sentiment, and one that is only reiterated when you travel.
– Take a road trip to anywhere during your free time.
My friends and I finished work early and so took the opportunity to embark on a short drive to the neighbouring town, Glenorchy. We took all kinds of awkward photos, posing like tourists, and stalked a Lord of the Rings tour bus.
– Post pictures of happy memories on your wall. I finally have my very own bedroom (well, it’s shared, but it’s home), and I have adorned my mirror with photos of my favourite travel moments from around the world. Every time I do my makeup or grab a clean sweater from my drawer, I can’t help but smile – these are pictures of the best year of my life and are a testament to all I have accomplished.
– Listen to songs that remind you of your fondest memories. The Killers “Human” takes me back to sitting racked with nerves on the way to Rio.