So on this day 2 years ago I said goodbye to the UK and headed on a 5 month adventure. I had challenged myself to reach 30 countries and had to say goodbye to a toxic environment.
It was strange, because growing up I assumed you had to work your way up a corporate ladder, buy a house, get married somewhere along the lines and that’s life, oh and then you retire and travel.
I couldn’t be unhappy anymore and having saved for a house deposit I knew it was a tough decision but one I have never regretted to this day.
I began my journey to Dubai and then South East Asia, I then went to Indonesia and New Zealand. I was meant to return home but after receiving my last payment from my job and the fact I got paid for holidays I never took (22 days) I changed my flights and decided to go to Fiji and Australia. There was a part of me that was nervous about spending even more money on travel but I knew I was making memories.
I lived some of my best days travelling and although I felt low some days it didn’t stop me from having a trip of a lifetime.
Returning home was tough, but there’s nothing like your own bed, not sharing rooms in a hostel and being able to have proper meals.
You may say I have the travel bug, but since returning it’s been a lifestyle change. I have worked remotely, reached my target of 30 before 30 countries and couldn’t be happier.
I often get asked when will I settle down, the truth is some of my best years have only just begun and I can only do what feels right for me not for society.