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The Cost of Following Your Dreams

Yesterday someone asked me a simple question that made me say something I’ve never admitted out loud. 

“I’m especially interested in the spots you stay overnight while travelling across Canada,” she said. “How well do you sleep on the road?”

“I’ve stayed in over 120 different places,” I responded. “Most of the time I sleep great, but sometimes I feel unsettled, even creeped out. Sometimes I’ll even move at 2 a.m. even though nothing outside looks threatening. It depends on the energy of the place itself.”

It’s taken me a long time to accept this. Some places just feel weird, unsettled, even dark and heavy—especially at night when the world is still. It has nothing to do with whether I’m sleeping in a “safe” campground or stealth camping overnight in a “dangerous” neighborhood. 

The energy of the environment affects how I sleep. It’s not how loud, bright or polluted the area is; it’s the feel that changes everything. 

“You are only the second person I have ever heard say this!” she said. “I’ve never been able to verbalize it so well!! I follow my feelings about places. I used to live in Kentucky and found that a place just over the river made me ill and gave me bad feelings. My husband used to get so frustrated with me.”

Do you get creepy vibes?

Maybe you’ve felt something similar. Certain areas—or people—have an energy or a vibe that’s unsettling. There’s nothing discernibly wrong or bad about the person or place…you just feel vaguely weird and uncomfortable.

And sometimes you feel downright creeped out.

There are also “thin places.” Some places are believed to have a more permeable veil between the heavens and earth. The Camino de Santiago is one of those areas; it’s been a mystical pilgrimage for centuries. Thousands of pilgrims have walked that path, felt the spirit and soul of the earth and beyond, heard the heartbeat that keeps the world humming.

Noticing how you feel in certain places is one thing. Actually doing something about it is an entirely different conversation! It’s rarely as simple as getting into the driver’s seat, starting the engine, and finding a place that soothes your soul and lifts your spirits.

Or is it?

The cost of following my dreams

In What It Cost to Drive From Vancouver BC to St John’s, NFLD – My Road Trip Expenses (& Income!) I share what I paid for gas, campgrounds, food, recreation, boat tours, ferries and other camper van expenses. I also reveal how much money I made while I was on the road 🙂

The Cost of Driving From Vancouver to St John’s, NFLD – My Road Trip Expenses & Earnings

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