Thanks for joining me here, in my tiny corner of the internet. Here I will be sharing with you my ultimate backpacking guides, personal experiences, budget tips, travel advise and stories from on the road.For me, traveling is something that I have always wanted to do. I’m a 26 year old female from the U.K. and I have been traveling with my boyfriend on and off since 2016. We have been together just over two years and so far we have covered:
- South Africa
- New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vegas
In February 2019, we will set off on our big adventure, our first stop will be India with plenty of other countries on the horizon.
Where it all began..
So where did it all begin? It all began when I come back from a trip to the Dominican Republic. My dad paid for me to go for my twenty first birthday, there was no particular reason as to why I wanted to go to the Dominican Republic. In fact, I just liked the look of the postcard scenery and I wanted to see if sand and sea like that actually existed in ‘real life’ – turns out it does!
Whilst on the holiday of a life time, I found out that my Grandad Barry was terminally ill. When I returned to the U.K. I went to the hospital to visit him, I told him all about the Dominican Republic and told him how much I wanted to see more of the world. He told me that I should travel and that no matter what happens in life, I should follow my dreams and travel the world. For months it played on my mind, I really wanted to buy a one way ticket and bugger off!But then the illness began to take a toll on him and things got worse. As if that wasn’t enough to deal with, my nan was then diagnosed with terminal cancer – both of them ill at the same time. At this point I knew that my travels would have to go on hold, there was no way I could leave them.Sadly, my grandad passed away in the August of that year. Then a year later, my nan’s illness become worse and I lost her, the closest person to me. My life completely shattered, I can’t even explain the way I feel about losing her.At this point I was lost, confused and angry. I didn’t know what to do with myself, I had no real purpose of life anymore. At the time I was working as a trainee dental nurse, the pay was rubbish! It was never going to fund my traveling. However, my nan always spoke proudly about me training to be a dental nurse, so I felt the need to qualify just for her. As soon as I was qualified I left the surgery to work in a office – it was better pay! On the plus side it’s always something to fall back on..
The flight I never boarded..
For months on end, I sat staring out the office window. I would often find myself day dreaming about traveling, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. At the time I was in a relationship with someone else, we were together for six years. It was very toxic and unhealthy. However, I stayed with him because I didn’t want to be alone.Anyway, I managed to talk him into booking a one way flight, so we booked a flight to Cape Town, South Africa. We saved long and hard for at least two years. Although, our relationship was rocky, I really wanted to travel and I thought that going with him was the only way to see the world. I was far to scared to go alone!Then one drunken night a few weeks before I was due to board a flight to Cape Town, I met Bradley. We just clicked straight away. I told him all about my toxic relationship, the one way flight and how unhappy I was. Then somehow in the space of a few hours, Bradley had persuaded me not to go. I ended it with my ex, I didn’t show up to the airport to catch my flight, I got myself a new job and I was excited to start a life with Bradley. Everyone told me that I was stupid for walking away, but I knew it was the right thing to do. Bradley promised me that he would one day travel the world with me, he has lived up to that promise so far.
San Francisco, April 2018
For me, life isn’t about living to work. It’s not about waking up and going to a job you hate, just to make money to buy a house that you will sit in and have no money to do anything else. It’s not about wasting away in a corner office, wishing you were someplace else. Life is about the here and now, cherishing every moment and grabbing any opportunity that comes your way, just to experience something new. Life is about working at a place you love, and growing from each experience you have there.
Now… I’m not here to tell you to quit your job and venture to a far away place. I’m here to show you that it is possible to chase after something you’ve always wanted and to not be afraid, no matter what.
I’m excited to share my experiences of traveling, and i hope you enjoy the journey..