Redefining Perspective Trip (My Personal Eat. Pray. Love.)

Patti Balbas Start Date: Oct 5, 2017 - End Date: Dec 15, 2017
  • New York, NY, United States of America
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Mathiveri, North Central Province, Maldives

My Travel Story

by: Patti Balbas Start Date: Oct 5, 2017 - End Date: Dec 15, 2017
Dear friends and family,

Thank you all for the kind words of support throughout the year and particularly during the period since I've lost my dear brother. 

This year also marks the 10 year anniversary of the loss of my mother, Mary. With them both joining our Lord, I feel lost. Staying at home hurts because of all of the memories, I can't concentrate on work for more than 10 minutes at a time, and I find myself thinking about how to cope with the loss of my entire immediate family. 

So I have decided to take the next three months to do all of the traveling they never got to do, experience life, and consider who I will be going forward. 

I took off 4 months to care for my brother and have used most of my savings. So for those of you who have been asking what you can do...buy me dinner in London, or lunch in Cape Town, pitch in on my Airbnb in Tokyo, or help cover my room in the Madives. I've used credit to cover airfare, and am going to kind of play the rest by ear.

I'm also traveling alone, so if anyone wants to join me at any point. Company is welcome ☺️.

A good friend gave me a journal and I plan on filling it with thoughts that help me mourn and celebrate my family and think through my new forced perspective on life...otherwise known as my own "Eat. Pray. Love." Except I'm not as glamorous or rich as Julia Roberts, hence the fundraising.

I will share my adventures through updates along the way.  

Again, thank you all. 

I love you.
Patti

Travel Dates:
NYC: Oct 17-20
London: Oct 24-30
Cape Town: Nov 3-13
Tokyo: Nov 22-30
Maldives: Dec 1-15
  • New York, NY, United States of America
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Mathiveri, North Central Province, Maldives