Friday, 13 November 2015

if not now, when?

This post has been a long time coming. Eleven months, in fact!

Last Christmas Rich and I made a big decision - that in 2016 we would leave reality behind us, pack our bags and travel.

Idealistic? Perhaps. Selfish? Perhaps.

And after almost a year of hard saving and life planning, it's on! In February - a mere three months time - we'll be leaving life as we know it behind and boarding a plane bound for SE Asia for six months of exploring.

Philippines - Thailand - Myanmar - Cambodia - Vietnam... and the rest!

This is a pretty big deal for us; we're leaving our home (we rent in Farnham, Surrey) and jobs, putting our things in storage and leaving reality behind. I've been lucky enough to be given a sabbatical from my teaching job, so will be coming back to my job in August. This really sealed the deal for us - when I asked, I didn't expect them to say yes! Call it a sign, fate, whatever... it was clearly meant to be.

For me, life feels pretty hectic. I'm twenty-eight, a busy teacher in the hamster wheel of life which seems to be relentless. But right now, we have no ties. No mortgage, no babies. For us it is the perfect time to spread our wings and finally do what we've always fantasised about - put life on hold for six months and explore.

If not now, when?



  1. Wow!!! This sounds great!
    You're perfectly right, live your life at full! :-)
    Hope you'll share your adventures here :-)

  2. I did a similar trip for 5 months with my husband a few years ago and it was handsdown the best thing I've ever done. You pack in way more crazy life experiences into those few months than you'd ever get the time for on evenings and weekends during the daily grind. So have an absolutely ball - looking forward to reading all about it :)

  3. How amazing - I'm doing the same thing (88 days and counting) - can't wait to read your travel posts. x

  4. That sounds like an amazing plan! Looking forward to hearing about your many adventures :) x

  5. This sounds amazing. So excited for you, and super jealous!
    xx Alyssa

  6. WOW! This sounds incredible, go you! I also think sometimes the stars just align and this clearly is the perfect time for you both to go and travel the world. I think it is almost too easy to settle into what you think you should do (save for a house deposit, get a mortgage, get promoted at work, get married, have babies etc), when instead there's nothing wrong with doing what you actually want to do. Enjoy it, I have no doubt it'll be incredible, and probably fly by!

    She's So Lucy

  7. Wow good luck! It sounds like such a wonderful adventure indeed and I hope that you have many, many magical experiences! South East Asia (well, *all* of Asia) is fantastic and I'd love to visit more of it. Go you for biting the bullet and saying yes!!

    Fii | little miss fii

  8. Go for it! I'm very jealous :)

  9. Wow, this is amazing. You are so lucky, I'm hoping to do the same in 2017 so next year is going to be my saving year. You will have the best time :) xx
    Glamour. Glitter. Gloss


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