“Traveling is not just seeing the new; it is also leaving behind. Not just opening doors; also closing them behind you, never to return. But the place you have left forever is always there for you to see whenever you shut your eyes.” Jan Myrdal
Home is Stoke on Trent, a city in the middle of England, which has been a great home and somewhere I will always have fond memories of. Iv been lucky enough to have a good upbringing with my parents, older sister Charlotte and younger brother Tom. I have a good group of friends and despite the last year taking us all in different directions, I know they will always be there.
Like many people I have continuously been in education, and in March 2014 I finished university where I achieved my adult nursing degree, this is something I am incredibly proud of, and did not see in my future when growing up deciding which career I would take (I always envisioned Hollywood in my future-but alas…I cannot sing, dance or act). However it is also this course, which led me to meet a good friend who made me see that travelling the world was a very real possibility, and not just a dream. It had always been something I had wanted to do, something I would eventually get around to doing, but she made me see that it really is as simple as quitting your job, booking a flight and going.
So that’s almost what I did – I completed my 3 years nurse training first. The responsible thing to do would be to get a years worth of experience under my belt, but I have been itching to travel for over 4 years now, and have never been the completely responsible one anyway!
I began my trip on the 23rd March 2014, with a one way flight from the UK to Bangkok, Thailand.
Since deciding that I wanted to travel, the plan has changed several times, it has gone from me being in a relationship and wanting to travel alone, to being in another long-term relationship and wanting to travel with them, and now back to going it alone..
..which I wouldn’t change for the world.
This blog was mainly for documenting my travels, to keep family and friends updated without my inundating them with emails of what iv been up to, and hopefully somewhere I can share advice, be given advice and share a part of me with others who also want to see the world. I spent hours pouring over peoples travel blogs, gaining inspiration and ideas, I only hope mine can do the same for other people.
From coming home from my 14 month travels in May 2015, I have gone on to get my first qualified nursing post at a large trauma hospital hospital in London. I have gone through the stress of finding a nice, affordable house with nice housemates in the busiest, most expensive city in the world. I feel so lucky to have been able to complete my travel trip, and to return home and get my dream job. Once I am up to date on my travel blogs, I will turn this blog into a Living in London blog, until of course I am back on the road again..
Here is my post from almost half way through my travels…
and then after 1 whole year of constant travel…
1 year in…
(I have not yet wrote this one…it was a struggle)
6 months after returning home…