I’ve always wanted to travel the world, ever since I was a little girl. I dreamt about adventures in strange lands, treasures that were to be uncovered and destinies that had to be followed. When I turned 35 years old, the time to live my dream had finally come. I sold my house, surrendered my responsibilities and gave away most of my possessions to follow the call of my soul.
My journey started in 2007 with an overland trip to Pakistan that was only supposed to last for a few months. I left my hometown of Leamington Spa in England for a train trip that took me through Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Mongolia, China, Tibet, Nepal and Pakistan. In the Hindu Kush Mountains on the Afghan border, I celebrated the Winter Solstice with a Pagan tribe called the Kalash. After that, I went to India and stayed for five months in the Himalayan foothills, where I studied yoga, met mystics and learned to perform ancient fire ceremonies.
I also had a life-changing love affair in the Himalayas, which has become the subject of my first book called 'Meeting Shiva - Falling and Rising in Love in the Indian Himalayas', is due to be published by Changemakers Books on 30 August. The book sums up the inner transformation that took place as a result of my first big trip. Find out more here: http://www.changemakers-books.com/books/meeting-shiva
My life has not been the same again since I left. My love for India has remained, and I’ve never really settled again after my return to Europe. I’ve been living in different countries, and recently completed a circumnavigation of the world by cargo ship, a form of travel I have fallen deeply in love with. I sailed from Germany to USA, and lived in magical New Mexico for about a year to study Ayurveda.
From America, I sailed to Australia, where I went to meet a beautiful Indian man I came to know via TravelBlog. After three years of writing to each other, we physically met for the first time, fell in love and lived together in Australia for nine months. We then took a cargo ship to Germany and spent a few months together in Europe before parting ways again in India - for the time being.
I choose to travel primarily overland, because I feel that flying misses the point of the journey. I love to travel slowly and soulfully through the different landscapes and oceans, appreciating the journey as much as the destination. This way of travel has enriched my life immensely and opened up doors to worlds that I never dreamed even existed.
I still travel, but not as much as I used to. After six years, my focus has become more internal and these days, I am more interested in exploring the inner journey. I decided to end writing 'Travelling Priestess' after sharing my experiences in blogs for the past six years, and the articles you find here are an account of the many beautiful journeys I have been privileged to make. I hope you enjoy them.
I keep a new blog on yogic thought called Nachiketa's Quest at http://nachiketasquest.wordpress.com/
To find more about me and where my journeys lead me, you can visit my website at http://www.tizianastupia.com/