Adventures for the soul traveller

Kathy Krugercontentment, find your flow, love, perspective14 Comments

The greatest journey we make is the one that brings us back to where we started.

So I wrote a post for the Virgin Australia Voyager travel competition for Problogger, and THE Richard Branson may have followed me on Twitter as a result. I don’t really do Twitter properly, but hey, Richard Branson. Followed. ME! Yes Sir!

And then I wrote a post (as of course you would do) about the total shock and sheer delight of RB actually following me. Here’s the social proof again, just in case you didn’t see it!

Richard Branson twitter like

And then you guys who commented pretty much all said: ‘Tweet him back’.

So I’ve been trying to craft something intelligent and soulful to tweet him – 140 characters or less. But it’s Sir Richard Branson, and I’ve got to write it right. Right!

On the off-chance that he did actually read my blog post offering tips for travelling the soul journey, then the least I can do is follow with a post about the adventures of discovering the soul – after all RB is pretty much the most adventurous, entrepreneurial philanthropist around. (It seems like he’s mostly a philanthropist these days – the adventures are still fun, the business stimulating, the publicity stunts a constant, but the heart and soul are where he’s at).

I’m not so adventurous. While I like to shoot for the stars, I try to keep my feet on the ground – that whole yin-yang idea of growing through grounding (although flying is great RB)! And I’m cracking my heart open, mostly through yoga. Travel helps.

So how do you take travel, beyond the sheer pleasure of it, into the realm of an adventure for the soul – how do you make travel about the making of you?

All who travel do not adventure

Travel can just be an escape, albeit a nice one to exotic locales and scenic places, but still a running away from life, from self.

Or travel can be an adventure, not necessarily gruelling or dangerous, but one that takes you out of your comfort zone, offers new perspective, brings you back to self.

Our honeymoon, 20 years ago, was the usual newlywed escape – for fun and lots of sex, and away from normal life when you’re not busy being a bride. We went to Vanuatu and New Calendonia, and it was my first trip overseas (at the ripe age of 26), so it was kind of an adventure, a rite of passage into a new married life.

Our trip to China to adopt our daughter was an adventure in every sense of the word, as was the one we took six years later to adopt our son. There are few more life-changing reasons to travel.


For anyone, including RB, who hasn’t seen this photo of us adopting Little Yang – our family complete

In between we ‘did Europe’ – not within the comfort zone of a tour trip but on our own, no accommodation booked other than the first few nights, allowing ourselves to get lost along the way. We drove from the French Alsace region over the Rhine into Germany before taking a wrong turn and finding ourselves back in France 20 minutes later. We spent 20 minutes in Switzerland too, just for the fun of it. We drove right past historic castles (probably) but found majestic eagles perched atop a craggy mountain and discovered Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest in the Austria Alps. We white-knuckle drove into Rome to drop our hire car back and I may have left fingernail imprints on the dash.

austrian stein

Here’s cheers to travelling and getting lost in Austria and anywhere else

Make your adventure about something bigger

So travel can, and perhaps should, be about the lessons you can learn, the people you meet,  the details you appreciate – the realization that we are all the same. Well that’s what I’ve found in Japan, China, the US, Canada, Europe, the Pacific…..

And adventures can be about more than climbing Mt Kilimanjaro (think of the Tanzanian kids you could help educate, every step of the way). I marvel at some of the gruelling challenges that adventurous souls undertake in the name of causes close to their hearts. (For charity adventures you could try World Expeditions’s Humancharity Challenges or World Visions’ Charity experiences and challenges – and there are others).

From kitesurfing across the English Channel to traversing the Atlantic Ocean by hot air balloon and trying (and failing, which is just as important) to circumnavigate the globe in a balloon, RB has certainly had some adventures. I’m sure he’s learned lessons from them, and made a difference.

But all adventures don’t have to be big, for the gestures behind them to be grand. The lovely Sarah Rosberg of Rafiki Mwema travelled to Africa for a volunteer trip that changed how she saw the world, before a horrific car accident when she returned changed her life. The charity work she now coordinates helps house and support young Kenyan girls who have been victims of terrible sexual abuse. We are pleased to sponsor the program ( I know I’ve spruiked before, but it is so worthwhile).

This week one of my favourite Aussie bloggers Caz Makepeace was made a World Vision Ambassador – she’ll be a great advocate, joining other bloggers who use their influence over large communities to make a difference. I have a ‘bucket list’ dream of one day being able to contribute in such a way.

In truth we can make our adventures for the soul count whether we travel or stay close to home – from volunteer trips abroad to random acts of kindness to friends or strangers. We can have the courage to do what we love and so serve others – whether it be painting a beautiful tree that reminds someone else of what it is like to grow; writing something that takes another person out of their comfort zone; or preparing a meal that transports someone special back to the sights and smells of a Middle Eastern bazaar so they remember how amazing adventure is.

If you haven’t seen The Shift docudrama by Dr Wayne Dyer you really should. I’ve watched it twice this week in the wake of Dr Dyer’s death (it’s free to watch on-line for the next few days). You’ll understand what he says about the biggest adventure of all – coming back to where you started – to your true self, to your divine purpose, to doing what you truly love that serves others. All other travel, even when flying Virgin, is just a nice distraction along the journey.

What travel adventures have you had? Have you undertaken a charity journey or adventure?

Linking up (late) with Essentially Jess for IBOT and joining in with Grace for FYBF.

Kathy X

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14 Comments on “Adventures for the soul traveller”

  1. Renee Wilson

    Love the travel memories,Kathy and the photos too. Got to love those high waisted bikinis. You looked amazing and still do, mind you! I have had lots of travel adventures in my time – mainly to the key tourist hotspots throughout Europe and the US. A lot of the time it’s the people we met along the way that I remember. I haven’t had any charity adventures yet, but I’m sponsoring a friend of mine to do the do it in a dress charity event.

  2. EssentiallyJess

    I’ve never been interested in the idea of travel for travel’s sake. I would rather go somewhere to serve a community, or help in someway. I’m not consumed by wander-lust in the least, but I am consumed with making the world a better place.

  3. Toni (Finding Myself Young)

    I did all my overseas travel before I was 14 and have only flown twice since. I think you could call our overseas trips adventures {at least for me and my brother at 12 and 10} but I think mum was doing it to escape from her real life. I don’t know that I’d ever travel to go on a proper adventure, it’d be more for escapism or to see how the rest of the world lived. I do distinctly remember feeling like London was home when I arrived there though and it felt like I was really connected to that part of the world, but that could’ve been the jet lag. I’d like to think that writing is allowing me to reconnect with my true self a lot more than I ever have before. I also found yoga was immensely powerful with allowing me to focus when I went through my divorce and everything around me felt like it was falling apart, but with a toddler to look after now I haven’t been able to keep it up. Your posts always inspire me to think a lot deeper Kathy. Visiting as part of #teamIBOT as well today:)

    1. Kathy Kruger

      Thanks Toni – that would have been a really learning experience doing so much travel as a child. I think we do travel in the sense of connecting to other people and places through our writing, which is nice, so I hope you can squeeze more time for it.

  4. Druimé N

    Lovely post Kathy. Its not the destination its the journey that takes you there, I have written about a little adventure I went on recently. I think taking yourself out of your comfort zone whether it be a trip to the beach or across the world great things can happen.I am all for doing that lately. I have come out of my shell and its lots of fun. Thanks for Dr Wayne doco im off to watch it now. x

  5. Deborah

    Love your pics.

    I haven’t travelled (even within Australia) for a long time. My last overseas trip was in 2002 and I’ve since let my passport lapse. I don’t have any great desire to do much travel nowadays and think I can learn as much from my own surroundings… though I do have a dream to go to Italy one day (so if you speak to Mr Branson, please ask him to help me out!).

    My changed financial circumstances might mean I never really travel again, but I think I was fortunate to visit many developing countries when I worked in international aid and development. I’ve not been to the UK, US etc… but had some amazing experiences in Africa, SE Asia and the Pacific which taught me a lot about myself.

  6. This Charming Mum

    I did a fair bit of travelling in the pre-kids era and I consider every trip to be significant. Mind you, I’m not really a ‘lie on the beach and relax’ sort of traveller, so I try to seek out things that will stimulate my mind and be more than just ‘a break’. Sometimes this has meant blocks of several years overseas, other times it’s just been a weekend at the Gold Coast! But I always come away with something more than just a ‘rest’. I think just the act of removing yourself from your daily routine helps give a sense of perspective, which is always good for the soul.

  7. Min (@riteofthemiddle)

    I haven’t travelled much but when I have what I love the most is the experiences – new landscapes, new people to meet, different cultures and ways of doing things, and lots and lots of learning! I loved seeing all your pictures and got a tear in my eye with the one where you adopted your little boy. 🙂

  8. Eleise

    I do miss travelling.Although every trip is an adventure, with kids, jobs and limited time, trips become very clinical and touristy. We are working towards a plan to take a long holiday so that we can truely experience and take the family outside of our comfort zone. As always Kathy, thought provoking posts.

    1. Kathy Kruger

      It is hard to fit in the sort of travel that really is a soul adventure around limited holiday times and kids. I’m determined to do a volunteer trip somewhere with the kids. Little Yang is still a bit young, perhaps in two or three years. Nice to see you back Eleise.

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