Travel Update: Where I am, Where I’ve been, Where I’m going!
It’s been far too long since I updated anybody on where I am and what I’m doing.
Even my mum and sister didn’t realise I was back in the UK before I tricked her into meeting me at a cafe where I scared the crap out of her.
I’m going to start including in the emails I send out my current location and something I’ve done that week to keep you guys in the know of where exactly I am and what’s happening.
For a quick progress update for those who haven’t been following too closely, I left my job in the middle of September and left the country on September 25th, 2017. In that time I’ve hit a few locations, and I’m keeping a running total as I travel.
I’ll start updating these monthly so you guys can get a feel for the pace I’m travelling at and how much it costs to live in different places.
If travelling through Europe in the last few years has taught me anything, it’s that sometimes frequently, you’ll get pissed off.
Minor frustrations can mount up over time until you explode over the smallest of things, like using the last of your pesto and having to buy a full new jar a day before your next location. (Why is travel sized pesto not a thing?)
Today’s post is aimed at helping you to recognise and avoid common travel frustrations that can turn a great trip, into a great trip with a few hiccups.
The Leap – Why I quit my job to travel the world & Earn money abroad
When I look back at the last year of my life, it’s all been pretty surreal. So much has happened in such a short space of time that it seems crazy to imagine myself in my own shoes 12 months ago.
So what inspired all of this dramatic change in my life? Something really very small.
Something that over a year ago started as just an idea in my head has now manifested itself into reality. The power of the mind is a wonderful thing and it’s great to see what a difference 12 months can make.
But it wasn’t just the idea of traveling that caused me to take the leap and quit my job to travel. To earn money abroad had always been something quite appealing to me, but in the end there were quite a few factors involved in actually making the decision.
The last 12 months have thrown some challenges my way
This has been a year of challenges and change. In December I made the decision to leave the flat that I’d been living in by myself for 3 years. I moved into a houseshare for the first time with three complete strangers (luckily for me those three ‘strangers’ are now some of my closest friends).
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Travel Plans – Here, There And Everywhere
It feels like the beginning of the end right now. My life is a series of chaotic brain moments, worrying and panicking. Stressed out of my eye-balls about what’s about to happen. All of this is telling me one thing.
I’m out of my comfort zone.
I’ve got this poster that I’ve had on my wall for probably the last 3 years and it says:
You’re sitting at work; it’s the middle of the day. You’ve had a fairly rushed morning since it’s a Tuesday. You’ve found yourself with a 2-minute gap, with a bit of peace and quiet to yourself. So you lean back in your chair; you put your feet up and you close your eyes, and in your head, your mind comes to light. Not with spreadsheets or company conference calls, but with where you wish you could be instead. You could be at home in the bath, perhaps on a nice park bench on a sunny day or even sitting on the couch watching the latest Netflix binge (‘Stranger Things’ has us all hooked, right?). For many who have travelled, their minds will be thinking about only one thing… and this is what I affectionately call the Wanderlust Effect.