Reason for entry, work or pleasure?

Last year I decided to plan a two month solo trip in 2017 for renewed inspiration and perspective.  Little did I know that my year would start off with the biggest challenge I have ever faced.  In early January my father was diagnosed with Mutiple Myeloma and his condition deteriorated so quickly that he ultimately lost his battle on the 7th of February.  We were still struggling to come to terms with the news of his illness when we were suddenly hit with the shock of his passing.  Even with the news of him being sick, the idea of him passing so soon never crossed our minds.  

I was on the verge of cancelling my travel plans due to his illness, but with his sudden passing my determination to go on this solo journey is stronger than ever.  When I started planning this trip I never in my wildest dreams would have thought that this would ultimately be a journey honouring my dad’s life and to find healing from this incredible loss. 

Saying goodbye to my dad was the hardest thing I have ever had to do and I have come to the realisation that the only way to keep him alive is by living my life to the fullest.  I believe with all my heart that this journey will be the start of a new season in my life.

I plan on walking the Camino de Santiago in the first month for peace and then to backpack through Italy in the second month to feed my soul.  Ultimately I plan on ending in Ibiza for some reflection, sun and music; 

All of this, God-willing off course.


  1. That’s quite an inspiring backdrop for your journey. Look forward to reading more about your travels Jaco! Godspeed.

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  2. wow quite inspiring, looking forward to reading more.

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  3. Gen says:

    Love this. And enjoying reading all about it!!

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  4. AstridOxford says:

    The memory and legacy of your dad’s life is such a great inspiration for this journey. Looking forward to reading more about your trip! Blessings.

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