Warning: Long post with character development (the character is me).
Oct 4, 2021
You may be wondering how this idea came to be. It seems like I just up and left! Not quite, this idea has been a long time coming.
It started when I had the idea to backpack Europe when I was in college. But of course, in life, we balance the triangle of truth, the 3 sides of: time, energy and money. In my early 20s, I had all the time and energy, but no money for such a trip. So I got my degree, put my head down and starting working. As I climbed the corporate ladder, my backpacking dream was pushed off to the side as I focused on my career growth. My dream turned into a "Do It One Day" with no set timeline. For 10 years, I traveled to one international country at a time each year, and even up to 4 in 2019. But how am I to see the whole world one country at a time? I'll be 200 years old by the time I finish. No good, Crystal. No good. But what WAS good during my 20s, was I started to pick up hobbies like motorcycling, camping, running, hiking, and eventually backpacking. If you know me and you're an in person friend of mine, you've probably done one of these activities with me.
And as the old saying goes, When one door closes, another door opens." I got laid off from my corporate job in 2018. A thought circuited through my mind: Am I ready? The immediate answer was no. I had never even traveled by myself out of the country, how could I embark on a world trip without a warmup? I'm a walking contradiction: I'm impulsive, but I like a little bit of prep and planning as well. It was not yet time. I planned a trip to Iceland and Cuba where my best friend was suppose to go, but he was not able to attend either trip, so I explored those countries by myself. And now, looking back, I think the universe was preparing me for this expedition. Traveling by yourself shows you how self reliant, resourceful, and powerful you really are. I used to always like traveling with friends, but going by myself wasn't so bad. Especially with the way I travel? I'm a crammer. I cram as much as I can in as little time as possible, and I don't want to subject that experience on anyone.
So you may be wondering, okay Crystal. You did Iceland and Cuba as a warmup, then you started preparing for this world trip, right? WRONG. I had Asian guilt/ Bay Area steam engine motivation, Rat Race Drive and found another job. I was still stuck in the system. But lo and behold, I got laid off a second time a year later in 2020. And on the seventh day, Mufasa's voice boomed and said: "Simba, it is time." No, I really had that thought in my head. I finally started planning for my world trip! It was the right time, I had finally found the perfect balance in the triangle of trust: I have time, energy and money saved for this very purpose!
And on the seventh day, Mufasa's voice boomed and said: "Simba, it is time."
And then Covid happened. Long story short, I developed depression, circumstantial anxiety, and got shut in for a year. No bueno. BUT, I also start mototouring across the country and even to Baja, Mexico. If anyone is interested, please let me know, I can create an entire blog post on this, but let's focus on the moto goal portion for now. That's when I had the bright idea, "Hey, riding a motorcycle is a whole lot faster than walking with a huge backpack everywhere, let's evolve the trip to a moto expedition!" As things slowly started opening up, I kept one googly eye on when the EU was going to open travel to Americans citizens again. BAM there it was in the news, August 2021. The hurricane of planning began. I got most of the planning done, tidied up my life in California and started working on my exit strategy of my life in the United States. My last obligation in the US was my cousin's wedding in August and one of closest friends' wedding in October where I was officiant (definitely can't miss a beautiful life event to illegally marry my friends. hah!)
That's when I had the bright idea, "Hey, riding a motorcycle is a whole lot faster than walking with a huge backpack everywhere, let's evolve the trip to a moto expedition!"
And that was that! That is the evolution of how this expedition came to fruition. It didn't happen overnight. Sometimes dreams take time to simmer for the right time