Life hasn’t always been easy for you but somehow with me by your side you have weathered many storms. Your love for travelling started from the womb and by aged 5 you were a seasoned traveller with your first flight being a KLM flight to your hometown. At 5 I can still see you with your handbag and your teddy bear Albert heading on holiday. Albert still lives on in perfect condition as more often than not he had his own seat and the handbags have evolved.
Even though everyone thinks you are confident you have simply learned to just do it. With me by your side you have learned the only thing that can go wrong is death, everything else is minor blip in the road
When I first met you, you had no sense of adventure but as our relationship blossomed you discovered adventure and you have found the inner dare devil inside you. You have climbed mountains, made it to the top of fushimi inari and jumped into oceans from heights you never imagined.
All this from the girl who simply loved her lipsticks and handbags.I have taught you humility, compassion and kindness. I can see you in Mumbai when you went back to that man dying on the street, they called him an untouchable and walked by, but not you, you bent down, opened your water bottle and gave it to him to drink.
One of the greatest journeys you and I take is healing your broken heart. I always know when we are healing a broken heart because you always go somewhere and do nothing apart from eat, swim, sleep and repeat in a 5 star hotel. There have been some god awful boyfriends, the last one in particular was a special kind of special but somehow with me by your side not only have you healed broken hearts but you have set to conquer the world filled with love and purpose.
One of the greatest lessons I think I have taught you is that a staycation is travelling. Do you remember telling that guy you worked with that he was crazy because he didn’t have a passport and hadn’t ever being abroad. As you have grown you have come to appreciate the privilege that you were graced with and can now appreciate that a staycation is a holiday.
I hope my dear Zoe that you and I shall go on many more journeys and you shall grow even more. You have learned to dance in the rain, love hard despite the earlier bumps and be a true woman’s champion.
Your dear friend travel (always by your side) xx