Backpacking through Central America for 6-8 weeks come June.
My freelance/project work is ends in a few months. Sure I have little money and even less sense of where to find it, but when can I do something of this magnitude again (answer: when I'm staring out the window of a cube and my "imagination takes flight" or whatever they said during Reading Rainbow)? My roommate and I are going (it's really her trip I'm hijacking) and other people will float in and out, depending on how well I can talk them into it. It's really exciting and not just a little scary to think about.
My mother has begun sending me horror stories from the Center of Disease Control. My father is shaking his head. Is it really true that as a girl, or even two girls, we're just not allowed to see certain parts of the world? Even if we fancy ourselves smart and plan, there are so many unknowns. I hate that the final bastion of inequality is at the center of what I want to do with my life, which is explore, be intrepid, feel free to be solitude and silent or just blow where the wind takes me.
I hate that the last time I did this, I was with a guy, so it was all okay, and that I'm not allowed to do it alone...it doesn't seem right...but maybe it is...
Have any of you done this before? Am I out of my mind?