Good evening my friends,
For those who I haven’t yet met, my name is Melody.
I landed in Canada five years ago as an international student, finished my Master of Management Program in Vancouver, worked for a few different firms both Vancouver and Toronto, and moved to London a year ago. I first started volunteering at a co-working place called Innovation Works, then was inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit in the space, found my own passion, and transitioned to start my own business.
Time flies and now I am about to embark on another journey of my life. My husband and I decided to travel around the world for two years while running our business Beyond and Be Green Monkey online. A lot of people ask us why do you want to go travel and why for so long? Well, the shortest answer is that we love experiencing different cultures and meeting people from all over the world. Also, we want to explore more of who we really are as individuals and as a couple. We want it to be for two years because we both know that this trip is not going to be a vacation or weekend getaway for us, but a lifestyle change. We want to take our time to really immerse ourselves in whole new worlds!
I would like to express my gratitude to all of you who have helped me, inspired me, and cared for me in the past year. I enjoyed my life in London immensely and I know very well that it is because of the people I’ve met and got to know in the community. You made me fall in love with the city and I will forever cherish the beautiful connections I’ve made here! I will keep updating my journey on both my personal blog and posting daily videos on Instagram through Anmol’s profile under the hashtag #Project731Days. I’d like to invite you to follow us and stay in touch.
Here is a map of all the places that we are planning to visit. Since it is a self-exploration journey, we also just want to play by the ear and travel to wherever we feel like at that moment, if that makes sense 🙂 That being said, we still want to let you know the rough plan because we need your help. If you see a place where you’ve been to or have friends/family/connections, please let us know and we would greatly appreciate it if you can share some travel tips with us or get us connected to your friends in the local areas. We want to maximize our chance of experiencing the local culture by making friends with local people. Your warm introduction might just open the door of a memorable stay and life-long friendship for us!
If you need more details, here are the cities in each country that we are currently planning to visit and the rough timeline:
Oct-Dec 2018: Peru (Cusco, Arequipa, Lima, Huaraz & Máncora)
Dec 18-Jan 19: Ecuador (Guayaquil, Cuenca, & Quito)
Jan-Feb 2019: Colombia (Ipiales, Bogotá, Medellín & Cartagena)
Mar-Apr 2019: China
Apr 2019: North Korea
May 2019: Philippines (Cebu, Bohol, & Palawan)
Afterwards Indonesia (Bali), Vietnam (Hanoi), Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Mandalay, & Yangon), Thailand (Chiang Mai, Bangkok, & Ko Pha Ngan), India (Rajasthan + South)……….
We are leaving on October 22nd and are very tight with our preparation at this moment. So if I do not get a chance to say goodbye to you individually, please forgive me! If you see me around in the space, please come and say bye!
I’ll miss all my friends in Canada… This past year has been such a defining stage of my life and I am so grateful for all of you who have made an impact on my growth! But I believe that life is an adventure and I have to keep going 🙂
Love you all so much! And Happy Thanksgiving!