Megan Sullivan wanted to see the world, but for several years, she used every excuse in the book to push the dream aside while letting life take over. But, in 2014, after a year of difficult challenges, including a skin cancer diagnosis, Megan came to the realization that it was time to follow through. So with 13 days off work and a man she had been dating for just two weeks, Megan set out to see the world… to be exact, 7 Wonders of the World in 13 days.
“I could have sat on this trip forever making excuses … waiting for the perfect time to take it, but instead while on a hike in Tahoe drinking a brown bag Coors Light with a guy I had only known for 2 weeks, I decided to go and we left 10 days later, on what became an adventure of a lifetime,” she wrote on her blog.
“Life is complicated enough without having to confuse logistics for what is effortless. Therefore, take that vision or dream, simplify it, and live it.”
The duo visited Chichen Itza in Mexico, Machu Picchu in Peru, Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, the Colosseum in Italy, The Lost City of Petra in Jordan, the Taj Mahal in India, and the Great Wall in China. Their journey consisted of 12 countries — 15 flights — 28,211 total miles traveled — 5 hotel night stays.
Megan posted a full Trip Report on her blog with all of the details on planning, packing and thoughts on each stop. She concludes with this:
“If I could summarize with a key take away from this trip, it would be the marketing trademark coined in 1988 of Just Do It. In recent years, and it was made all too clear in recent months that life is short, and to live it with any kind of regret is not a quote that you embroidered into a pillow, but one that one must actually live by. I had a vision three years ago, and instead of letting it go by the wayside with self-indulgent excuses as to why I could continue to put it off, I decided to just do it. Life is complicated enough without having to confuse logistics for what is effortless. Therefore, take that vision or dream, simplify it, and live it.”