I am not a planner when it comes to travel. I like to have an idea of what I'd like to see, but schedule nothing, so if I meet someone and am invited on a random adventure, I can go.
However, as you’ll learn in a future addition to this story, ironically my travel persona and “real life” persona are quite opposite. When I travel I have no problem leaning into the flow and allowing it to take me, trusting the process every step of the way. When it comes to “real life,” however, I often find myself fighting against the flow, and freaking the fuck out when I don’t know what lies ahead (even though I know that none of us ever truly knows what lies ahead).
As a traveler I also often wait until the last minute to book a place to stay, which is why I ended up spending my first night sleeping in a tarp-covered gazebo in someone's back yard, in Auckland, New Zealand—and that was seriously the best thing that could have happened.
I intentionally chose to stay in this hippie hovel, because I knew it would be full of legit travelers with awesome stories. People willing to stay in those types of places have been broken down and reformed by the travel gods—like I had been during my time living in Spain and all the time I've spent in Mexico. I've learned over my travels, that sometimes comfort and luxury can get in the way of experiencing true adventure, so I knew this was place to be.
There were about 14 roommates in the house and 14 travelers, so the only spot left to sleep was the gazebo. And even though it dropped into the 30s that night (it was winter on that side of the world), it was actually pretty darn comfortable.
I was reconnecting with the true adventuresome Kristen that had been stifled for too many years. And it was in the moment when I look this picture, that I realized my life of extreme stress and pain was somehow behind me. I wouldn't know exactly how, until I unexpectedly ended up back at this house three weeks later, but I knew right then, deep in my soul.
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Who is Kristen Stephen?
Kristen Stephen is a bodyworker, practicing integrative manual therapy, in Nederland, Colorado. Her mission is to help people live lives with less pain and more joy.
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