50 things to do before you die: go travelling for 6 months

travellingOne of my great passions in life is travelling, and the truth is, I have spent a lot of time living and travelling in different countries. My first big adventure was when I was 18 when I volunteered on a Kibbutz in Israel for a year. During this adventure, I learnt how to cultivate bananas, pick avocados and that looking after children brought me out in a rash! In addition, I fell in love, broke my leg and developed a ‘thing’ for men in uniforms. However, the biggest life lesson I learnt was that tolerance, humility, compassion and hope are by far the most precious of all human inventions. Finally, I also realized that I was always going to have itchy feet.

janette philippinesSo, if you don’t have a passport, get, one and if you don’t have a clue where to go then perhaps Lonely Planet could help you, or throw a dart at a map of the world and go wherever destiny takes you. In deed, my sister and I went to The Philippines as a result of watching a video on YouTube. However, our next backpacking trip is going to be to Sri Lanka and India. However, we are open to suggestions, so if you’ve got a better plan, then let me know.

READING CHALLENGE: Janette on the criminal trail!

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidIn my opinion not taking time off work is a crime! Indeed, all work and no play make a person as dull as dishwater.
Luckily for me, I have friends who agree with this sentiment and so a number of years ago, two friends and I quit our jobs and bought one-way flights to Mexico.

We had a vague plan about what we wanted to do during our year off including: camping in the Mayan city of Palenque, scuba diving in Belize, trekking to Machu Picchu, flying over the Nasca lines, volunteering on a coffee plantation, speed cycling down the most dangerous road in the world and horseback riding in Bolivia looking for signs of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

As usual on a trip like this, plans change. One of my mates got a bun in the oven and flew home after 3 months, and the other developed a conscience and decided to support a local educational volunteer programme. I, on the other hand, had crime on my mind and so I rented a guide, a horse and some chaps and went in search of the famous bank robbers Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

And, despite the fact that I’m scared stiff of horses and that riding for 3 days across deserts and rocky outcrops with a mental guide whacking the ass of my horse to make it go faster made me start thinking about my will, the experience is definitely one of the most memorable things that I have done in my life.

If you don’t know anything about these two lovable criminals watch the trailer to the award-winning 1969 film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, with the hot, hot, HOT actors, Paul Newman and Robert Redford . Seriously, if you have Newman and Redford in your life, you really shouldn’t complain about anything. Yes, they both certainly rock my world!