Hi, my name is Winnie and I am the tooth fairy. You don't believe it? You can, I am existing :) spreading my wings all over the world and doing some good deeds along my way.
And here is how it all started.
I am a dentist, now the tooth fairy name is explained and I hope you are not too disappointed. But I do have wings :)))
I used to live in Dubai for quite a while and at some point as I came back from an awesome vacation in Australia and Fiji in 2014, I decided .. That’s it with normal life, I am sick and tired of it, I wanted more. But believe me, the decision wasn't easy. I am 43 years old now and in 2014 my thoughts were like ... lets travel the world, go wild ... but then I told myself ..I can’t do this, I am too old for this shit (excuse my language .. but that’s me). A couple of restless nights later I thought ... hmmmm f.. it why
not?! I don't have any obligations - yes still single and yes no children. So there is nothing what could hold me back.
But I didn't only want to travel and go to amazing places, meet new people (locals and travelers as well), I wanted to do something good with my new freedom.
After a little bit of research I found German Doctors - an NGO I wanted to volunteer for, put my skills toward something useful. And the idea of the tooth fairy travels was born. (www.thetoothfairytravels.com).
There is a category on my blog called "Truth or Fairy" where I do raise funds for German Doctors. The readers can send me challenges. I then put a donation target on it and as soon as the donations are in the German Doctors account (NOT MINE!), I proof that I did it. Here I need your help actually.
If you are creative and you wanna put me out of my comfort zone - please feel free to send me a new challenge!!!! It can be something funny, something crazy .... If you wanna know what kind of challenges I did so far ... you can check it out here : http://www.thetoothfairytravels.com/ click on „truth or fairy“ to get to know about my past challenges ....
But back to my story .. sorry I am easily getting sidetracked :)
I made the decision to travel in October 2014.
Woooahhhh what a relief I felt immediately! 9 month later I found myself at Dubai Airport (yes I do have wings but I still didn't learn how to fly with them) ... sitting in the pub having my last drink before I left my old life behind. I had sold everything, had given everything away and my backpack weights only 13kg and it gave my the freedom of not worrying too much, because there were no possessions left to be worried about!
And I was scared as hell !!! First solo backpack trip ahead, first time working for an NGO, first time stepping out of my comfy bubble and do what I wanted, finally find my own happiness.
I am a very caring person, always trying to make sure everybody around me is happy but I forgot myself for much too long! Now it was time to take care of myself. It sounds a bit selfish and to parts it might be, but whats so wrong with it?! Actually nothing!
I didn't really know what I am getting into. I only had booked a flight to the Philippines and that’s it! My stomach was hurting ... you know the feeling ... my old life gone, no secure backup plan anymore .phhhuuuuu what did I do? There was no way back only one forwards.
I was nearly freaking out. The first step was done. My adventure started.
Now I am sitting here ... 15 month later writing this article in Mexico :) I traveled through South East Asia for a year and I am a very happy person.
In the Philippines I worked for German Doctors and it was an emotional rollercoaster for me every single day. From being excited, nervous to being happy, being sad the whole range of emotions! If you are interested in reading about this adventure you can do it on my blog under the category „Fairy Tales“.
How is to travel solo as a women ???
What did I learn from my travels???
To answer the first question .. it is very easy to travel solo as a woman especially in South East Asia. I quickly got used to the ‚not planning anything life‘. Going with the flow and see what’s coming. I don't even read about the destinations I am going to. I just show up, search for an accommodation and figure things out when I am there. IT IS AMAZING to do it that way, because when you are open for it, the most amazing things will happen to you as long as you are friendly :) and of course it forces you to talk to strangers. Who knows .. some of them might turn into new friends :) so Go For It !
I am pretty convinced everything happens for a reason and somehow you can’t influence a lot of things in life. Its coming no matter what ... but definitely a positive attitude toward the new helps.
As a foreigner in so many different countries, I was always welcomed with open arms! Being from Germany this isn’t normal for me! shame on some Germans (I don't wanna generalize here) how they treat guest / foreigner / refugees. In a world with so many different issues going on .. I can only say ... BE KIND - BE CARING - BE HUMAN and make the world a better place with simple tiny efforts you can include into your normal life ... a smile to a random person on the street, a good deed every now and then.
I mentioned happiness already above. Here is an advise I actually should not mention here because it should be a matter of fact. Take care of your own happiness always first ! If you are not happy for whatever reason may it be a job you are in, a bad relationship or whatever ... CHANGE IT ! and not only change it, DO IT AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN AND DON’T WAIST TIME! Life is too short to miss out on all the amazing things which you find outside of you comfort zone!
There is one more important thing I have learnt. Stop being judgmental ! You know how it is ... sometimes we meet people and we immediately put them in a drawer right?! Right! I had encounters meanwhile traveling where I thought .. hmmmm strange person ... and because there was nobody else around, I started talking to this still strange person.
After I was over the first couple of small talk sentences and I put a little more effort into a conversation, it turns out, some people are absolutely not what you expect. I met so many beautiful souls out there, got to know about their life story, spend some quality time with those people and became friends with a view. Maybe give it a try and force yourself into a less pleasant situation .... and see what it does to you and the other person. You can learn a lot from it!
Enough of life advice here.
What else ... I encourage you to go out into this beautiful world, be flashed from its beauty and the people living in it.
I could tell you about so many amazing adventures I had in this 15 month of #chasethedream #Livethatlife #justtravel #beentheredonethat. From being almost lost in a jungle, flipping a boat, helping poor people, being on a motorbike adventure through Vietnam, standing on a mountain top screaming out of happiness, being in a silent retreat in Thailand (meditating in a monastery), standing in the middle of rice fields and watch the sun rise and feel every single ray of light on your skin.... I cried, I laughed, I loved, I was disappointed, I was scared, I was happy , I was nervous, I was excited, I was lonely ... I had it all! And I ‚survived‘ every moment especially the unpleasant ones and I became stronger.
And you know what... IT MAKES ME FINALLY FEEL ALIVE AGAIN!
One thing is for sure ... when I at some point in my life (hopefully not soon) will lie on my death bed... I have no regrets! I had an amazing life because I wanted to.
Make your own choice ! Do whatever you think you need to do! But LIVE and ALWAYS BE HAPPY!