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Don’t Wait

Posted on 10/24/2017 12:00:00 AM in Traveler Insights

Linda snapped this shot in Santorini during her return trip to Greece with her daughter back in 2012.

By Linda B., a soon-to-be first-time O.A.T. traveler from Anaheim, CA

When I was 34, I was diagnosed with colon cancer. It is not a disease of young people, so this diagnosis was highly unexpected. After my surgery and during my recovery, it gave me time to reflect on my life and my priorities.

Linda realized it was time to take a leap of faith and headed to Greece on her own back in 1985.

I had always talked about traveling, but for one silly reason or another—usually the lack of a companion, not enough time, not enough money, etc.—I had never really lived out my travel dreams. During this period of reflection, I realized that I had better stop talking about what I wanted to do with my life and start doing what I believed was important to me.

After eight weeks of recovery, I returned to work for three weeks and told my manager that I would soon be taking a three-week vacation. I traveled to Greece by myself and spent three weeks hopping the ferries from island to island. I realized that I could actually travel solo, plan my adventures, and make them happen.

Linda and her daughter, Taylor, have been traveling the world together since Taylor was just seven years old.

This experience was empowering to me and I resolved to travel somewhere wonderful every year. Thirty years have passed and I have visited 60 countries. The memories that I made and the people I met while traveling are priceless. Cancer turned out to be a good thing for me because it made me get my priorities straight and my actions in line with my dreams.

Don’t wait for a life scare like mine to set sail on your adventures. Except for becoming a mother, travel is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. My young daughter traveled the world with me from the age of seven and because of travel, she has become a true citizen of the world at age 23.

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