I was watching a Facebook live today by one of my mentors friend’s who has just returned from seven months travelling around the world and at the end of her live, I heard her casually throw out the term ‘trust tour’. She didn’t say anything more about it and no one raised the question as to what a trust tour is, but these two tiny words really resonated with me and added to the fuel of my wanderlust induced fire.
What is a trust tour? And, Why didn’t I ask Laura what it was?
Here I am, Trusting that those wires hold me up
I immediately felt connected to this term because I am embarking on a trip next month with no clear route mapped out, but I have this intense feeling of knowing this is what I am being called to do with my work with Wild Hearted World. Being a former control freak, This is something I have been battling my ego with on the daily. All of these questions popping up and challenging my belief system – Will I have enough work to support me? What I am missing out on at home? How long can I keep doing this for? I’m nearly 34, Shouldn’t I be conforming and focusing on meeting someone? How will I buy a house if I keep investing everything into travel and WHW?
But you know what, These questions kept me playing small for so long and they no longer serve me (Even if they do keep coming back at me… I’m in the testing ground right now). I create my life and I choose to squash those pesky limiting beliefs that are coming from a space of scarcity, replace them with new abundant beliefs and keep throwing myself into what lights me up.
I am so incredibly passionate about travel, creating content and sharing my love of the world with everyone… I especially want to show women in their late twenties to forties that it is possible to travel the world solo and have a f#%king brilliant time doing it… You don’t need to wait on other people to do it with you or the right time (FYI there never is one), Go, Release those wings and fly darling.
You’ve got this, Go for it
I’ve been a travel agent for nearly nine years and am so used to having everything planned out from the flights to accommodation, transfers, tours, restaurant reservations and insider experiences, and while that is perfect for 99% of people who are travelling with limited time and wanting to maximise their experience in that window that they have, It doesn’t fit with my personal ethos for this next chapter.
To me, A trust tour is putting my faith one hundred percent in the ideas that come to me, exploring them and seeing what happens. Believing that I am exactly where I need to be right now and that what is coming up for me is there to challenge me, teach me and lead me to my next level of awakening. That means being completely open to possibilities, encounters and taking chances as they arise without having anything set in stone.
Does it scare the shit out of me? That’s a big YES but it’s also super exciting because even with a plan you can never be one hundred percent as to what will happen, but by not having a plan, it gives me flexibility and space to be in flow. I truly believe you’ve got to put yourself out there in those uncomfortable spaces to grow.
Yep, Just putting myself out there… In a glass box, 421 metres above KL city
That sums up what a trust tour is to me and the reason I didn’t ask Laura is, I trust myself, and at the end of the day, everyone’s perception is different, I didn’t need someone else to validate my thoughts even though I highly respect her opinion.
I bet you want to know how this upcoming trust tour came about for me though, right?
I had a trip booked to go sailing through the Maldives with friends next month and then head off to Sri Lanka to host my first group trip with Wild Hearted World BUT I hadn’t met the minimum numbers I needed to run the trip. I needed twelve people and while I had eight confirmed and could have locked in those extra four if I had really pushed myself… Something kept stopping me from promoting it, I was resisting it and I didn’t know why.
It came to the final cut off date with the company I was working with in Sri Lanka and I had to make a call as to whether we went ahead or not… I reluctantly said no and let go, thinking I will tune back into that idea next year and see if it feels right then.
You’ll never believe what happened next when I gave up that control!!!
Me, just centering myself in nature and letting go
Within days, I received an email from a PR agency that I had received a place on a famil with Delta, Virgin Australia and Utah Tourism to road trip around their amazing state with two other travel superstars for 10 days, and it fell over the dates that my Maldives / Sri Lanka trip had been booked for.
Not only that, Two weeks later I received a message from another agency that I had a won spot on a famil to France for the launch of U by Uniworld’s new river cruise product for 21 – 45 year olds. (I really had to put myself out there for this one and make a video saying why I wanted to make history with them and upload it to their public facebook page… They chose five agents from around the world to fly in and I am one of them… YAY ME!!!)
Now, October is looking very juicy and served up on a platter for me with my departure to Paris in just over a week for ten days, Followed by a week back in Australia for my friend’s wedding and then taking off to the U.S the day after for ten days exploring Utah.
After that, I am completely open to the incredible opportunities the universe throws my way… I would like to focus more on the Southern States of the US that I haven’t visited yet, possibly some Caribbean countries or head back down to Mexico and Central America.
What will be, will be (I could end up north in Canada & Alaska for all I know) but I can guarantee you that I will be going all in and documenting all of it for you to follow along with me.
Have you ever taken a trust tour before? What was your highlight? Drop me some love in the comments below, I’d love to hear your story.
I adore this post. Your leap of faith and trust in yourself and your path, albeit unknown, is exactly what I wish I had the courage to do. I must message you about the travel agent life! You are the living embodiment of how I want to live my life. I know I’m holding myself back as I struggle to make the cookie cutter persona fit. I’m 35 and single and ‘should’ have a man and a house and kids locked down by now. Since I haven’t conformed I feel I’ve left myself and the expectations set for me down and that compounds my sadness and loneliness. However, I cling to my day of sunshine; my travel and travel writing. I love that aspect of my life and would hate to give that up. It awakens my passion for life and adventure and knowledge and my trust tour is that this filament of joy will lead me to my future life!!
Dana Brown says
Firstly, THANK YOU!!!
I love how fiercely passionate you are about travel, writing and adventure… I can feel that energy through your words!!! You said it awakens for your life, Can I ask you, What is stopping you from diving into that completely?
And yes, Shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Always happy to support xx
I just loved everything about this post! Amazing how good things happen when we stop caring so much. Not that we shouldn’t care at all but sometimes best things in life are unplanned and happen when we least expect!
I hope I have the courage to travel the world as much as you do someday! It’s really something that I aspire to do, just need to have my own leap of faith.
Regards the post itself, I don’t think I ever had a trust tour, I’m just waiting for the right moment and to be brave enough to do it so!
Dana Brown says
You do have the courage in you and there is never a right time, You just have to jump girl… I know I don’t have to tell you that, You already got this babe xx
Love this post! About the Trust Tour ❤️
Dana Brown says
Thanks Jacqui! Love you girl x
You are such an inspiration!! I loved reading this!
Dana Brown says
Thanks Krista!!! Love you supporting me girl x
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Dana Brown says
Thank You! That is so sweet of you to say and do. I really appreciate it.
Wow. Great blog. I am a big believer in fate and have always gone with my instincts. Good to hear you have done likewise. Wish you every success and can’t wait to follow your adventures.
Dana Brown says
Thanks Garry, Glad to hear you do too!!!
I received an update about comments and I decide to read the text one more time. And I have to tell you that I’ve always believed that everything happens for a reason. Last week I received amazing news and I realize how things worked out for the best when I wasn’t thinking about them at all. When I stop being concerned about everything else and I’ve focused my energy in something else. So I had my first trust tour and now more than ever I can relate to the text
Dana Brown says
That is so awesome, Ana, That you can now look back and see why everything happened and the positive in that 🙂