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Go Do 2016 Video – My Overseas Adventure

On my last adventure in Italy 2014, I compiled all of the video footage I had taken and created my European Adventure video.

This time around, I took the same idea, but twisted it a bit. Last time I showed you all the things I did, but this time I wanted to let you see through my eyes. The things my eyes have seen, and my feet have touched, have left me scared, brokenhearted, lost, overwhelmed, hopeful, inspired, and speechless. Most importantly, it has left me wanting more, and wanting to share what I have experienced thus far with anyone who will listen.

As I have said many times before, my initial goal with this blog, was to simply keep my family updated in my major activities while abroad. Since then, my dream behind this blog has expanded. I love to write, I love to inspire, and I love to travel. So, why not put it all together. From my keyboard in 14 different countries, I have been able to not only keep my family updated, but also share my favourite stories with friends, fellow travelers, and internet enthusiasts.

I have a love for writing. However, I also have a love for videoing, especially my feet (They are my most photographic feature). I hope this video compilation will explain to those I met along my journey, as to why I was always staring at my feet.

Clearly, my dad had the same idea (where I obviously get my home videoing joy from). Thanks to him, and a behind the scenes friend, I was actually able to capture my homecoming from 3 different perspectives. Thank you to everything for your love and support.

Walk on,

You Armstrong Abroad (at home)

#GoDo – Meet Jack

One night over the Christmas holidays, while all of my friends were celebrating with their families or back home for the break, I ended up at a pub by myself in some attempt to get myself out of the house. That night changed the remainder of my time in Italy. I met so many amazing people that night who, in such a short time, became a really great group of friends to me. That night I met Jack. If I had to describe Jack in two words it would be ‘bright eyed’. Jack is the most caring, open, honest, eager, and genuine young chap I have met in a long time, possibly ever. He once told me that I had inspired him more in the 6 days we knew each other, than anyone before. That’s something I’ll never forget. He was my companion for a week and I was lucky enough to be able to ring in the new year with my new friend. Ladies, he’s single, a British soldier, AND he’s coming to Canada (wink, wink). It is my please as my first #GoDo, to introduce you to Jack.

  
Introduce yourself: Hi! I’m Jack! I come from a small village in Yorkshire, England.”

Where have you all been in the world? “I’ve been to many amazing places in the world, mostly due to my work as a soldier: Scotland, Wales, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Kenya, Cyprus, Greece, Vatican city (yup technically it’s a country), Belgium, Holland, Turkey, and The US”

Why do you travel? “I want to travel Because… To me, life is all about the experiences that you have, the variety of the things that you do, and the people that you meet. 

There’s so much world out there to find! And so little life in which to do it, I just feel that travelling opens your heart, and your mind and makes you a better, more fulfilled, more interesting person.”

What’s your craziest experience while travelling that you’d be willing to share? “Craziest experience…. Mmmm. I guess work ones don’t count (driving a tank on the public roads is pretty crazy) but travel wise… Meeting a Californian girl in a Rome nightclub, and realizing that we were EXACTLY the same age, to within like, a few minutes of each other… At the time that felt pretty crazy.”

What advice or tip could you give to people wanting to travel? “My tip? Hmm.. my experience is somewhat limited so far, but it has to be this: Talk to everyone! You meet so many interesting people who, more than likely, are just like you; looking to expand their horizons. You see a girl at the bar on her own.. Just go and talk to her. You’re standing in the que for a historic building, ask the people around you where they are from. I’ve made so many random friends by just not being afraid to say ‘hi’ and break that first later of social ice that most people are afraid of stepping onto.”

“I hope my travels take me, well, everywhere! I don’t really have an aim, I like it to be unplanned and just let things happen. As long as you have the right attitude and approach, I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy it”

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#GoDo – Who do you want to be?

When I graduated high school I honestly had a dream of never leaving Saskatchewan (that’s a Province in Canada by the way for all my foreign friends). I always wanted to learn about other cultures and languages, but I wanted to do it in the safety and comfort of my own country. When I moved away to go to university I met a very dear friend who changed everything for me. On a wintery afternoon, as we were having the “what am I doing with my life” conversation, she said, lets go to Europe together. I said yes. I think we were both secretly waiting for the other to backdown because it was so random and spur of the moment, but neither of us did and before we could tell our parents, we had purchased our plane tickets. I’ve never looked back.

So now I’ve had opportunities that 6 years ago I would have never imagined were possible. But, I’m tired of just travelling, seeing things, meeting people, and not giving back at all. I believe travelling is one of the best things you can do to better yourself and reach a greater understanding of the world and why it is the way it is. So I’ve been sharing my story here for you all to read, but what about everyone else… I want to inspire people to get up and go. Say yes to travelling, yes to climbing that ridiculously huge volcano, yes to getting on that train with the group of French guys you only met yesterday, yes to sleeping in a room with 20 people to save a few dollars, yes to showing up in a country you know nothing about, yes to making uncountable mistakes along the way. So I came up with #GoDo. 

As I meet people from around the world, I’m going to interview them and post it here. I’m not special or unique in the fact that wandering the world is the life I am choosing. There are so many people who feel the same as me and I want to be able to share their stories.

Where are you from? Why do you travel? Introduce yourself to the world.

So, I’ll go first.
 

 
My name is Jody Armstrong, I’m 23 and I am from Saskatchewan, Canada. I started travelling when I was 16, but didn’t become addicted until I was 19. I’ve been to France, Spain, U.S., Mexico, Greece, Germany(barely), Italy and soon I’ll be heading to Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Japan, and Thailand. I travel because I want to understand the world. My dream is to work with immigrants and refugees in Canada and to best assist them I need to have seen more than my own country. I also travel to better myself. Travelling has taught me to enjoy the little things, to let go of the little things, to rely only on myself, to love myself, and to allow myself to be free. While travelling I’ve experienced the most fear, anxiety, loneliness, and anger towards the world that I’ve ever felt, however it’s also made me feel the highest levels of joy, pleasure, and freedom that I’ve ever experienced. One of my craziest experiences: A) Sleeping alone in an airport in Madrid to, spur of the moment, catch the next plane to an island I had never heard of to meet up with two crazy Canadians I had met the day before to learn how to surf, which I successfully did. B) when I somehow skipped going through customs when re-entering to Canada from Greece after 4 months abroad and convincing airport security that my check bag was actually carry-on approved… Doesn’t sound too crazy, but ask me for the full version and you’ll realize it was the most ridiculous thing ever. Craziest person I’ve met: I met a girl from Korea who was travelling on her own, with about $400, she had had her phone and all communication devices stolen and was completely unable to contact home, but she was still travelling. And not to the typical locations. When I met her she was on her way to Egypt, Morocco, and some African countries. ALONE! With NO communication and basically no money…. And she was the friendliest, happiest, bubbliest person. She even invited me to Korea. 

So, #GoDo. Buy your tickets, climb that mountain you have a picture of on your bedroom wall, stop procrastinating. What do you want to tell your grandkids when they ask you about your life? Do you want to tell them you had a good job, made lots of money, and lived a secure content life? Or, do you want to be able to tell them about the one time you went swimming in the ocean in your underwear at 4am, got a tattoo with someone you just met, sang spice girls karaoke in a basement club with no one else who spoke English, and convinced your mother to illegally train hop with you?

The decision is yours. #GoDo