About My Journey
So how did I get here – traveling the world and writing about it – you are perhaps wondering? I, like so many of you, have dreamed of seeing the world as far back as early childhood. The fire was stoked by the many adventure filled stories of travel and history my mother shared on the way to and from school each day.
Until the age of 18, I considered every option to accomplish this goal I, however, found myself pregnant and alone at 18 – something that will change your life’s direction in a heartbeat. My life goal went from seeing the world to creating a world fit for my daughter. I became a lawyer, busted through the glass ceiling after only 8 years of practicing and had the corner office, the convertible jaguar, the designer clothes and shoes, the penthouse but nothing else and after two more years I shattered that world I had so carefully crafted.
I was exhausted from 18 hour days, alone, drinking too much and when my daughter left for college, I had no idea who I was or what I wanted out of life. I spent the next few years trying to answer those questions and with the help of God, a lot of research, and even more self-reflection, I discovered that the child-like dreamer still existed but now armed with God, sobriety, wisdom, fortitude and a law license, the world was again my oyster.
On November 14, 2015, I began liquidating my assets, took my law practice virtual, kissed my family and friends goodbye and got on an airplane a few months later to Sri Lanka. I have since been convinced to share this incredible journey around the globe and the journey we call life with all of you.
Close your eyes and only focus on where you would be at your most peaceful state. What you would see, smell, taste, hear and feel. What about your most exhilarated state?
Is it the oceanic splendor of the Maldives and curling your toes in its white sand beaches; hearing O’Fortuna burst the seams of the elegant Teatro alla Scala in Milano; camel riding and star gazing in the Sahara desert; jumping off a bridge in Bosnia…well…because it’s tradition; cycling through the rice fields of Hoi An Vietnam; getting tongue tied around a new language in Indonesia – Om Swasiastu!; ziplining through the gibbon filled jungles of Laos; rock climbing seaside in Railay; surfing the sometimes tumultuous waves in Bali; flying through the skis of Sri Lanka; sailing on the seas of Portugal; galloping through the ocean on horseback; skinny dipping when there is not a soul in sight (or perhaps when there is) in the warm bath water seas of Thailand under a full moon?
Whatever it is you can imagine while those eyes of yours are closed, it’s here. My name is Suzanne DuBose and travelirvana.com is my travel blog. Here, I will share with you how I made this possible, what I learned about how it is cheaper to travel the world than it is to have a mortgage and pay bills in your home town.
I will provide you with travel tips like where to stay, what to see, what apps to download on your phone, the right kind of luggage to purchase, what to pack, and many other things but, most importantly, that life IS the adventure. As my father used to always say (and still does), there is no good or bad, there is no win or lose, it’s all about the journey…it’s all just another adventure.