When bustling airline terminals and the acceleration of a smooth takeoff fill you with energy, deciding to embark on an international trip is simple. Preparing to make it an incredible experience takes a bit more consideration. Today on the blog I’m going to work through (that means this is a brain dump!) what needs to happen in the next three months before I board an airplane for South America.
I’m a free spirit. I’m happy to pivot and dive into an adventure on a whim and embrace what comes. But on this trip, I want to go into it being able to physically handle the challenges with a bit more ease so I can fully embrace the experiences happening around me. If you read between the lines, that means I don’t want to pass out on a nature hike and miss the amazing people, ceremonies and scenery!
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This is Some Serious Motivation to Get Healthier
Soon I’ll be talking with my doctor about altitude sickness and required vaccines. I’ve already had a general physical to ensure that I don’t have any hidden heart or lung issues and that I’m healthy enough for multiple days of hiking in the Andes Mountains. And, if you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know I also slay multiple autoimmune issues. Many of them are currently in remission, so I’m feeling so much more vibrant and healthy these days!
I’m also trying to build up my walking endurance. It may sound silly to more active people, but I sit at a desk writing all day, attend yoga classes and go on short nature walks. That’s it. As I prepare for this trip, I’m trying to go on longer walks, incorporate steps/uphill movement and be outside in all types of weather. Why? I’m not sure what it’s going to be like in Peru in June on the Inca Trail! So, I want to be ready to hike in wind, rain and sun!
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What do I Need to Take to Peru?
I’ve been chatting with friends who hike often to get ideas about proper footwear, day packs and other supplies I may need. I’ve started a rough packing list and am thinking about what types of clothes to bring for layering. What can I wear for a few days while camping and still be comfortable? You guessed it! I plan to pack lots of yoga pants! (I just snagged these on Amazon.)
I’m also trying to decide on what sort of technology to take, including camera(s), cellphone, portable chargers, laptop, etc. I want to document and write about my experiences as much as possible, so I know I’ll need more than my journal and pen for this adventure. I picked up a new little Canon point and shoot camera last fall for my trip to Canada, so I know that’s going with me for sure!
Mentally Preparing to Visit the Sacred Valley
Whew! As you can see, my mind has been flooded with all the technical aspects of getting ready. My passport is being updated. I’ve browsed flight plans. But, the most important planning I can do right now is leaning into the wisdom of the Q’ero people of the Andes Mountains. Their teachings and Shamanic belief system have guided me through the grieving process several times over the past four years, and I’m ready to learn more.
In a few months, I have the opportunity to meet the tribal elders, participate in healing ceremonies and listen to their wisdom first hand. Each day I’ve been studying more about their culture and trying to understand how they connect with spirit through nature, our ancestors and all the angels around us.
The peacefulness of the Q’ero people is captivating.
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Thank you for going on this adventure with me. The personal notes, texts, comments online and feedback I’ve received from readers are encouraging, helpful and inspiring. I appreciate every single one of you!
Here’s to continued health and healing in #Peru2020!
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Note: This post was last updated on September 12, 2022. A week after this post was first published, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. I canceled this trip and plan to reschedule it once I feel ready to make a long international trip by airplane. Stay tuned for updates!