Oh, you thought I’d be coming straight home after 82 days?

Sep 25, 2014 by

          Two weeks ago, my mom asked if she’s going to see me on my birthday (November 27).

          “I’ll be in Europe,” I reminded her.

          “Are you coming home for Christmas?” she asked next, concern in her voice.

          “Mom, you’re not going to see me until the new year,” I warned with a laugh, “so just accept it now.”

          “How long are you going to be in Europe?”

          “I’m in Europe for 82 days, and then I’m going to New York,” I smiled.

          “How long are you going to New York?”

          “Until my money runs out, so probably not long,” I laughed.

          “Theresa, are you coming back?” she asked, her voice now stern.

          “Of course I’m coming back!” I continued laughing. “I don’t have a visa.”

          “I don’t believe you,” she said. (Neither does anyone else, to be honest.)

          I laughed harder in response.

          “You’re not coming back,” she stated matter-of-factly. “We’re going to get a call from you while you’re gone to tell us that you’re not coming back.”

 

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          Immigration law doesn’t force me back to Toronto before my time (money) is up! Although I don’t think it’s worth getting a visa to extend my time in Europe when I’d only be able to afford little more than 82 days there anyway, there’s no way I’m cutting my trip any shorter than my money can take me; so, after Europe, I’m off to NYC! My return date is TBD, but I don’t expect to be in New York long. Honestly, I’ll be happy if I financially survive to ring in 2015 before hopping a bus back to Toronto.

          Yes, I will be back. Look at the math: no job + no visa = no-brainer. However, this certainly won’t be the only time I venture away from home for an extended period of time. I’ve framed this trip as my “dream,” but I don’t get just one. Though I don’t have to think about what’s next yet, I’ve already begun daydreaming about where else I can take myself. Achieving this as quickly and as easily as I did has shown me how painlessly attainable big goals that require big financial backing can be. It’s empowering to know that it took me less than a year and a half to save enough money to freely travel for the next few months without a job – and I did it on my own. Considering that, imagine what I could do with the rest of my entire life! Yes, I will be back, but I will always be adventure-bound.

 
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