Travel has always been a part of my life. As the daughter of a Military Policeman I lived in Berlin and Singapore between the ages of 2 and 5, moving many times during my early life. I also lived in many places during my childhood and so I never really put down roots for very long. (That’s me sitting on the grass in Singapore.)
At the age of 18 I left my life in England to Au Pair in France and spent 8 months looking after 2 children just outside of Paris. I guess, looking back, running off the France at the age of 18 seemed an exciting adventure and was a way of escaping the realisation that I did not know what to do with my life. Looking back now, I realise that the experience taught me so much about myself.
After carving out a career for myself on my return, it wasn’t too long before I had itchy feet again. In my late 20s, after a broken engagement, I found myself looking at my life and wondering what it was all about. I suppose that wanderlust had crept in again and so I sold everything I owned and quit my job to go travelling again. Although I didn’t realise it at the time, I was about to embark on one of the biggest personal development journeys of my life!
A colleague from work found out about my secret plans to go travelling and asked if he could come with me. Without really thinking about it, I said yes. When he returned a day later to say that he had borrowed the money from his aunt and uncle and was coming with me, the enormity of going travelling with a man I didn’t know finally set in!
We must have done something right though because that was in October 1994 and we are now married with an 11 year old and we have just returned from another round of travels.
This blog is the result of having spent an amazing 6 weeks during the summer of 2016 backpacking as a family. Returning home I was surprised to hear how many people were inspired about our travels and our story and wanted to hear more. Over the course of our travels something really hit home about how travel was such a profound journey of self discovery. Somehow it forces you to strip everything away and only travel with what you need. In a world where everyone seems to be striving for more, we found that we wanted to strip everything away. Our rucksacks carried everything we needed for 6 weeks and still we found that we only used half of it. Seeing the simplicity of life in much poorer countries also leaves you feeling quite humbled and questioning what you really need in your life.
The aim of this blog is to inspire others to travel to places that they wouldn’t normally consider possible for themselves; To share our adventures so that yours are made easier; and to share my insights about personal development along the way.
I hope you enjoy.