It’s no secret that I have a lot of stamps in my passport, and I’m incredibly proud and humbled by each and every one of them. But this past weekend has reminded me that as wonderful as it is to travel the world, some of the best memories and important life altering moments can still happen right here at home.
I recently spent the past three days camping in the Norfolk County of Ontario for a music festival called Gentlemen of the Road featuring some of my favourite bands including Mumford and Sons and Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros. This was the only Canadian ‘stopover’ on their tour which took place in the small town of Simcoe and created by Mumford and Sons as ‘a music festival that celebrates local people, food and culture, where everyone pitches in and everybody gets something back’.
And boy, did I ever! Not only did I meet wonderful locals, but I also met wonderful people who travelled far and wide to join in on the festivities and embrace summer and music in all of it’s glory.
Each ticket holder received a ‘passport’ which had spaces to get stamped at various landmarks throughout the festival. Not only was it incredibly fun (and addicting) to collect these stamps throughout the weekend, but it instantly became a reminder that there are still ‘travel experiences’ you can have even if it’s in a town a few hours away from home.
At one point, while we were sitting on the grass amidst a sea of people, I stopped my friends mid-conversation, and told them all to look up at the beautiful sunset. It was a special moment, and one that I’m fortunate I was able to spend with some of my closest girlfriends. Sometimes, life moves so fast that we forget to look up or look around to the beauty that’s right in front of us.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much my heart expanded this weekend. Between the incredible live music, to the kindness of the people working and attending the event, I was left with so much love and gratitude.
I initially started this blog to document my travels in Australia, but after writing and documenting for over 5 years, I really feel a sense of direction now with where the future of this blog will go. It really comes back to ‘untethering’ in a world where we’re constantly connected.
As someone who works in Social Media, this is a big challenge for me, but one I find is important to take the time to do; as it leads to some of the important experiences one will have in their lifetime.
The shared laughs with friends, the painted sky at sunset, camping under the stars; all simple moments we sometimes forget to appreciate.
I look forward to creating many more of these moments both travelling abroad and right here in my home and native land. Ladies and Gentlemen of the Road, I challenge you to do the same :)