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Self belief and integrity
Having a passion for travel and hearing that the great group of people that I’d just met, go overseas every 2 years I was excited! Especially when an upcoming trip was Europe. My self belief and integrity allowed me to hang on tight to the thought of going as well.
As it turns out most of them are keen travellers so when the Hash House Harriers meet up somewhere around the world, it’s a huge event. It’s an extremely long weekend of fun and socializing and exercise. Brilliant!
Their next ‘Interhash’ meeting was not long after I joined, where they went to Africa and of course they extended the trip, pre or post, to personally explore the region.
So, after seeing 100’s of photos in FB posts of the week-end’s shenanigans plus their personal travels in exotic locations, and then they came back raving about the fun, that was enough for me. I’m going to the next one!
Being down to earth people, these long weekends are not necessarily over-the-top expensive. That’s not what it’s about. In fact, it’s generally based on basic accommodation and meals.
However, the next one was to be in Europe – Brussels to be exact.
The organizer had worked out exceptional discounts at hotels in the commercial centre during the Summer break. This is because not much business happens at that time of year as everyone is on holidays so the hotels in the business districts are empty!
This was Europe, peak season, 4-5 star at $94 AUD (approx. 53€) per person, per night! Wahoo!
And… we got the whole week leading up to the event at the discounted rate too!
I was determined I was going to Brussels and my self belief and integrity remained strong.
I didn’t know how I was going to get there as at that stage I was barely in the middle of sorting out the finances to start a ‘new life’ so it was going to be a long road but I was adamant that I was going to be one of the 3000 odd people heading to Brussels.
The strange thing was, I NEVER doubted that I was going. It’s such a fantastic feeling when living with a positive mindset!
The club’s deposit had been paid and in the September prior, the early bird airfares had come out. I’d managed to put some money aside to book my flights still not knowing how it was all going to play out but in my gut, I was going to Europe.
There was never any stress or concern and with the deposit paid, I told work that I’d be taking 4 weeks off in the July – August so started accumulating annual leave.
The plan was also to see a bit more of Europe other than just Brussels while I was there. I’d researched an itinerary that included Amsterdam (pre-Brussels) Bruges, Bern, Rome & a Mediterranean cruise to Barcelona! In a balcony cabin of course!
Then a financial shake up happened. My living arrangements changed so it was going to be a bit tougher financially, but I still I remained determined. I was going to go to Brussels and self belief and integrity will ensure that it’ll happen even though I still had no idea of how I was going to pay the balance of the trip.
Then, another curved ball hit me. The tenants of my rental property abandoned it.
So I returned to it with the intention of having share accommodation but that didn’t work either. I couldn’t understand it. The house was perfect as it was so spacious with multiple living rooms and bathrooms.
Now being forced into a corner financially, the family home that I designed and had built and loved so much; the home that was going to be my forever home, had to be sold. I was forced to downsize. Besides; why did I need 4 bedrooms anyway?
As I showed the new owner through the house the many benefits of my beautiful home, I remember crying and sobbing. I didn’t want to leave it but, in my gut, I knew it had to be done to start the next part of my journey.
With the purchase of a little property that suited just me and my 60kg dog, I now had the funds to take the well-deserved trip to Europe. The previous 18 months were extremely taxing on me emotionally and so this trip was well deserved.
It’s amazing how things can turn out.
Being a logical and practical person, whenever I recall this story, I smile and give myself a pat-on-the-back. I always knew that my trip to Europe was going to happen even though I had no idea how. I just never doubted it.
I had a belief in myself and held on to my INTEGRITY. I said I was going to do it and I did.
Integrity is a characteristic that’s important as I recall with raising my children and for my personal life. Never make empty threats or promises that I never intend to keep.
Integrity is a key principle in my business too. What I say, I do and I live by this.
My clients have always loved me for this. They believe in me and are comfortable in knowing what they are going to receive.
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