Dreams and Reality by Alice Teacake – Story of a Traveller
Have you ever wondered what a conversation with a total stranger on a train would result in? I bet not. Neither Alice, 32, from Southeast England, who never imagined what would happen to her after she bumped into a lady who had been to India and taught English.
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Have long have you been travelling for?
I’ve been travelling for the last 6 years but a lot of it has been incredibly slowly! I prefer to actually live in a country to soak up its culture, see what the locals are really like and gain a deep and grateful understanding for that country.
How long will you be travelling?
I plan to go on as I started. I’ll be stopping and living in countries as I go but I hope to still be going strong in my sixties, driving around and living in a tiny house most likely.
What made you decide to go travelling?
I believe it’s a mixture of fate, dissatisfaction and pure chance. I was working as a psychologist and had been for a number of years. Something was missing from my life but I had no idea what it was. On a train ride in England one day, I got chatting to the woman next to me who had just got back from India teaching English. I was so captivated and inspired by her that I booked myself on a TEFL course as soon as I got off the train. Within 3 months I had quit my job, sold everything, said goodbye to friends and family and got a one-way ticket to South Korea.
What do you love most about travelling?
Life lessons. I travel to push my boundaries, reach my full potential and learn about life. If I’m scared about it or people say it’s somewhere I shouldn’t go, I go.
In your opinion, what is the worst part of travelling?
Finding a boyfriend. The more I travel, the more independent and free-spirited I become. Dating is hard enough in one place, let alone when you’ve got wanderlust!
Have you ever felt it’s time to stop travelling and put down some roots?
Right now I’m back home in the UK purely for the reason that I want to take my blog to the next level and make this a full-time business. Blogging whilst travelling is really tough. I have so many places I haven’t written about that could easily take me up to December 2017! So…time to take some time out and get my head down. How long I’m going to be in England is debatable, though…
What makes your travelling style unique? Or your story unique? Everyone’s story is unique, so share as much as you want.
There’s a lot of badass women out there and a lot of women who wish to be badass…but they need some encouragement and support to be who they want to be. My travelling isn’t your typical ‘holiday’. There’s little sun lounging and cocktails involved. We’re talking about mud, sweat and tears of accomplishment here. We’re talking about really pushing yourself to see what you’re capable of. If someone asks me to do something women may be unsure of, I’ll go and do it to see what’s really up. I’ve been a burlesque dancer in Shanghai, I’ve travelled from the UK to Mongolia and back in a crap car with 4 other amazing women. I’ve been to Bangladesh by myself. I’ve studied Jiu Jitsu in China, ridden a motorbike around the whole of Vietnam for 3 months solo. Some chick has gotta do this kinda stuff and I’ll gladly take it on! I’m always looking for the next challenge, so if you have an idea, let me know 🙂
If you have a message to someone who hasn’t travelled yet, what would it be?
If you don’t have any passion or yearning to travel, that’s totally OK. Travel is a hot topic on people’s lips these days but it doesn’t mean it has to be your hot topic. If travel is on your lips, however, but hasn’t gotten down to you taking action yet, it’s now or never adventurer! Dreams are there to be made a reality. Prove to yourself who you really are and what you can do. Travel is your tool to a better you!
What is your message to someone who would love to travel but full of doubts?
Something bad could happen anytime, anywhere, any place. If fear is stopping you from going somewhere you want, screw it. Go and enjoy this planet because there is a whole lot of good out there!
What is your main goal of travelling?
Face your fears. Push your boundaries. Reach your full potential.
Do you have any tips for your co-travellers or people who are about to travel?
To stretch your money as much as you can whilst travelling: eat street food, couchsurf or house sit and if you’re up for it, hitchhike!
My Story To Inspire
When I was younger I used to fall in love all the time, most likely due to my fresh innocence and an addiction to the chemicals love produces. I salivated on feeling as powerful as a rhino, full of energising bubbles in my tummy that rocketed my mind and heart into a utopia of bliss, passion and ecstasy. As I’ve got older, that feeling has severely diminished because a) that innocence has been torched and b) I travel.
I met a guy, fell in love with him after we spent time together for 48 hours, then I had to bid him goodbye. I drove through the mountains and cried, feeling like an idiot for falling in love. The comforting warrior in me says ‘Screw beating yourself up. You’re allowed to fall in love, even if it is unexplainable, inconvenient and distressing. If anything, you’ve learnt that tough girls do cry and it is healthy to have a taste of your own medicine: you may have just have left some boys feeling just as bad as you do in the past’.
>>Would you like to share your story too? Everyone’s story is different, everyone travels in a unique way. So don’t hesitate to reach out to me at amaryroad (at) gmail (dot) com with a subject as: Story of a traveller. Can’t wait to read your stories!
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