Exciting, my first blog.
I wanted to give a bit of background as to what made me start travelling and that would be my mum.
My mum was 52 when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she died 18 months later aged 53. A conversation from that time has always stood out to me, mum said that she wished she hadn’t been scared of flying and that she had actually seen more of the world (she never flew after I was born). At the time of the conversation mum was too sick to travel abroad and it really stuck with me that life is too short and that we don’t know how long we have got, so we need to go out and enjoy life as much as we can and do what we love and not have any regrets, to never look back and say I wish I had done…..
As a child growing up, our family holidays were always within the UK, generally a week on the south coast in june and then a week in Scarborough in august. I don’t ever remember being jealous of friends going abroad, as a child who got travel sick, hated sand and was not keen when it got hot I guess it never was something I wanted to do!
When I first started going abroad it was to Spanish islands and I then did a trip to New York with one of my friends who suggested doing a tour for my next holiday, as at the time none of my friends had the money for a holiday and I had some holidays left at work to take. After this I became addicted and saw a lot of places this way. Eventually though, doing 5 weeks a year was not enough and I knew it was something I needed to do full time. A few people couldn’t understand and said but what if you don’t like it, and I replied at least I will have tried, I can always come back get another house and another job. 4 years later I am still loving it and don’t regret it for a second.
My mum and dad always used to tell me that travelling is something you do when you retire and when I told my dad I was planning on selling my house and quitting work to travel he didn’t understand why I was doing it now and not waiting till later in life. 4 years into this journey I have come across coach loads of people who can barely make it off the coach to a view point, never mind do a hike to see an even more amazing view and this just confirms to me every time that I made the right decision and when I reach retirement age, I can spend that time looking back at the pics of the amazing places I have seen and experienced. Living my life the way I do now is not something I will ever regret.
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