And I'm off!

by Sarah Devika Sumnauth

I left Toronto on January 10th and right now I’m sitting in a hotel lobby in Cusco, Peru, acclimating to the high altitude while I use a pretty decent wifi signal and considering some next steps.  Tomorrow morning, bright and early, I leave for the Lares Trek, which will take me a total of 4 days to hike through the Andean mountains to Macchu Picchu.  I sincerely hope I see some wild llama’s and alpaca’s and hopefully a condor! How cool is that?!  I love the idea of being in a new, wildly different place than where I originated from.  How better to know who you truly are, if not set against an incredibly different background?  Some things speak for themselves.  Kind of like my need to have warm feet while I sleep or drink hot black tea in the morning to feel grounded and good about my day. lol.

That is just a sneak peak of what I’ve been writing about on my other blog - The Urban Hippie Travels 

Please give it a read and a follow if you’d like to see my travel updates and get some travel inspiration.  You wouldn’t believe the amount of truly wonderful, epically beautiful things I’ve seen already, in just the span of a months time.

Sending you lots of travel hugs and thanks for the support!

Sarah Devika 

What this Round the World Trip will Look Life

by Sarah Devika Sumnauth

So as you may know, I recently announced my plans to take a Round the World trip.  This is truly an experience I’ve been dreaming about for years now.  Each individual place I’ve chosen has been picked with utmost care and with a foresight to both physical, mental, emotional and spiritual stimulation in mind.  I want to see amazing things, experience wonderful spaces and places, meet awesome people and most importantly, feel inspired every day.

Before I go any further, I do need to take a moment to thank you personally for being here, reading this.  Yes you.  I mean it, seriously, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for being an amazing supporter.  Because, even if you never comment on this blog post, or reach out to me individually, knowing that you’re here just sharing in this amazing journey with me is enough to keep me going.

Now let’s get down to business.  For me this trip is primarily about the exploration of the physical world and of the self.  I’m curious to learn myself in all new ways, understand how I operate in a simpler day to day mode and to interact with people in new ways.  This is also an opportunity for me to really go within, and to call out the inner hippie who’s been hiding out undercover for a while.  (Ok, maybe not so undercover…)

In chronological order, here are the countries and locales I will be visiting over the course of 2015 on this epic RTW.

Phoenix, Arizona.  I want to see the Grand Canyon, and do some hikes out there, check out the vortices in Sedona Arizona, and begin the year in a really opening way.

San Jose, Costa Rica.  I’ll be there for roughly 2 weeks and I’ll for sure be zip lining in the Monteverde Cloud Rainforests, checking out the Volcanos, enjoying the black sand beaches and enjoying the lush green that is Central America.

Lima, Peru.  I’ll be trekking up to the ancient city of Macchu Picchu.  While in Peru, I also intend to visit a Shaman in Iquitos to experience Ayahuasca plant medicine.  Did I mention that this is going to be a very inwardly spiritual journey?

Big Island of Hawaii and Honolulu. I want to learn to surf and I intend to hike as much as I can while I’m there, while also taking the opportunity to distill all the learning from Peru.

Fiji.  3 words - clear blue water.  I’ve been told there is a beach there I must check out if I can get to it during my 5 day stopover.

Christchurch, New Zealand.  This is a place I’ve been dreaming about for a long time now.  Since I was 15 and my big sister Leah lived there for a year while getting her Teaching degree, I’ve dreamt of taking myself to the two islands and doing a big hike (read: spirit walk), kayaking my face off in Milford sound, and taking in as many LOTR sights as I possibly can because I’m such a big nerd, you have no idea.

Australia.  I’m flying into the East coast to check out Byron Bay, make my way down to Sydney and then Melbourne and possibly go sky diving while I’m down under!

Bali, Indonesia.  This will be a time for me to take a rest by the ocean for a bit.  I want to be enveloped by the culture, meet the people who are described as the happiest and kindest in the world and just be for a while. 

Singapore for a 2 day stopover.  Any reccomendations? 

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.  Check out the city, Halong Bay, and Mui Ne beach. 

Siem Reap, Cambodia.  Angkor Wat is calling my name as well as an Elephant Sanctuary to commune with some gentle giants.

Luang Prabang, Laos.  This brings me up to my birthday month, August.  I’ll be turning 28 and I want to flip the script on how I’ve spent my last few birthdays (bbq’ing in my backyard with friends and family) to hanging out by the Mekong river at a meditation retreat. 

Bangkok, Thailand.  I’ve heard about the Full Moon party and I want to see the beautiful islands, the biggest Buddha statue in the world, Phuket and eat good food.

India.  I’ll be in a lot of cities while I’m in India for 3 months.  But potentialy I will fly into Nepal first to see the Himalayas, then trek down through the country to see the Taj Mahal, the silks, the people, see if I can find my way to Vanadana Shiva’s house (lol) and then down to Goa.

Rome, Italy.  I’ll end 2015 in Italy hopefully with my good friend and her family and ring in the new year before I fly back to Toronto in the early days of 2016.

So at this point after listing all of these spots, and having stared at them for months on end to decide what would be my route…even I can’t quite believe it will be my life for a year. But somehow, miraculously, I know that the timing is right because of how open my heart is.  

It’s amazing that I’ve been granted this wish to see the world and I don’t intend to waste this opportunity.  If in life we are given gifts, which we all are, then don’t we owe it to ourselves to make the most of them?

I simply ask for grace as I take on this huge adventure and I welcome all the protection and  abundance of the universe as I make my way around the world in a way that speaks to my soul.

With nothing but deep gratitude,

Sarah Devika

Founder & CEO