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“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey

About a year ago I started reading travel writing about adventure and more specifically, about cycle touring. I had loosely planned to cycle around the world after university with a friend of mine and wanted some inspiration, so started reading books by Alastair Humphreys, Tom Allen, Mark Beaumont etc. I even started my own site and began blogging about my own experiences (www.dorantheexplorer.com), but unfortunately the trip never happened.

While the trip didn’t happen at the time, I am still very keen for it to happen in the future. I feel like it will be a life defining experience that will live with me for ever. I also feel like it will be a great way to gain a different perspective of the world and a greater understanding of different cultures and religions. However, finding 4 years to do such a trip will prove difficult…

If I had more self-confidence I would have attempted it alone, but while I am happy travelling solo in english speaking countries, I don’t know how I would fair with a language barrier. I am currently learning Spanish and utilise it in Spanish speaking countries, but that’s still nothing compared to not knowing anything at all. As such, I’d definitely feel more comfortable travelling with a companion.

Due to the practicalities of a four year trek around the world, I don’t quite see this complimenting my ambitions in the business world. I have a lot I want to achieve and a lot I need to do to make that happen, so I can’t just drop everything for four years. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t break down the trip and see things a country at a time while working. I just need to find a balance between the two dreams.

To summarise, I am a great fan of adventure, be that local exploration or travelling to far away lands. While it’s not easy to find adventure when you’re juggling real world commitments, I believe that a balance can be found between the two and that you shouldn’t shelve your travel dreams completely.