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What are you running from?

Recently, a friend asked me ‘what are you running away from?’

Considering that I was at the beach, the weather was perfect and my company was excellent I didn’t think I wanted to run anywhere. However, the question was about my travels and the nomadic life I lead.

It is a question that often crosses my path with friends, family and even people I don’t know who make the assumption that I am ‘escaping life’. I find it interesting that people have that perception about someone who travels or leads a fairly nomadic existence. I often wonder if it is a common thought that someone who doesn’t really want to settle down, that prefers to travel long-term rather than travel one or two weeks a year, that prefers to linger away a little more than most and that prefers not to take conventional job is ‘escaping life’ or ‘running away’.

I used to justify why I wasn’t running away from life but until I gave it some thought. The answer is simple – I am not running away from anything at all. I am actually running towards everything. I am running towards a world of exotic places, breathtaking scenery, different cultures, local people, and my own idea of freedom.

That idea of freedom is to experience a world full of adventures, new experiences, wild outdoor places, endlessness sunrises, snow-capped mountains, deep blue oceans, arid deserts, different foods, new friends, crazy festivals, sunset dances and to have holidays all over the world. Travelling and moving has allowed me a degree of freedom most won’t experience and a life that I feel perfectly suited to. It is that awesome feeling of when I am on the road where everything is simplified, amplified and electrified. Where life is fun! Life is perfection!

It doesn’t really fit societies mould of living but then again, life is short and I would rather look back on my life and say that I lived it the way I wanted to, under my own terms and in my own way and loved all of it. Travel and adventure are a way of life for me. Not something I schedule in when the time is right or plan for another day, month or year. Remember you have just one life so it needs to count, it needs to be happy and it needs to fun.

So for the eternal wanderers, the searchers of the extraordinary, the independent spirits, the nomads, the travellers, the seekers of treasures, the explorers – remember you are not running away, you are running towards life;

And you should never plan to look back!

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When not working on international adventure trips as a guide and medic, Rachel spends her time surfing, trail running, learning spanish, indulging in her passions for photography and writing and planning her next expeditions. Life is all about every beautiful sunrise and sunset!

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