For me to see Jon Wilma standing in Chichén Itzá which is a complex of sacred Mayan ruins on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, makes my old travellers heart sing.
Eleven years ago I did all of this on a two year pilgrimage around the world. I turned forty and crashed head first into a middle age crisis!
I sold everything I owned including a very nice garden flat in London, my car, everything material and replaceable. I went to see if there was more to life than working stupid hours and paying the bills with nothing much left after.
There was a whole world out there and those travel experiences will stay with me forever. They also shaped who I became after . It strengthened and gave me a deeper understanding into human life.
I named myself 'THE SOUL CULTIVATOR' and began to take photographs again and write for the first time in my life, publically, online, which at first I thought just my friends were reading these stories but it turned out nearly 100,000 people have clicked my pages.
On that trip I started with a backpack a laptop and a one way ticket to Mexico. Over the next nine months, I travelled over land through Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Perú down into Bolivia. I was on a mission and went in search of anything mind, body spirit. I needed to heal my inner child and forgive my family. I had to return to the UK for a month then I went back East this time, starting in Thailand, moving through to Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Malaysia.
I met incredible people of all ages, colors, nationalities, I took part in some bizarre and wonderful life altering experiences. Making dear life long friends along the way. Each year travelling cost me two thirds less than my entire mortgage and council tax alone!
I honestly think that travelling light, (I wore the same 8 garments that interchanged with each other one pair of solid wedged flip flops and one pair of hiking boots) owning nothing of any great value apart from my passport and having no responsibilities at some point in your whole life, is a good thing, be it before you start to have families or after they have all left the nest. It clears the decks of all the material crap we accumulate, all the emotional stagnation from past pains, all the mental pressures the world we live today creates on a daily basis.
After returning all culturally saturated, I re invented my job as a medic to suit me, I accumulated more stuff to fill houses, I found the husband that had been predicted many times while away by seers and mystics, voodoo doctors and soothsayers.
Jon Wilma thank you for this photo, for taking Molly to one of my most sacred places on Earth. This brought back many good and happy times and it's so thrilling to see my daughter is following in my footsteps via your boots. We love you Jon.
My travel highlight links.
The Oaxaca street children
THE CREMATION OF THE LAST KING OF BALI
TALK DOES NOT COOK RICE
MY HUSBAND IS ON HIS WAY ( WRITTEN 4 NOV 2007)
WAKE ME UP BEFORE WE GO GO
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