For some people, 2 years is a long time but for me, the last 2 years have flown. It was April 2011 when, after much thought (and ill-health), I decided to resign from my job, sell everything I owned and go travelling around the world.
It wasn’t a quick or easy decision, there were all sorts of things to consider. Money being the main issue. But having a well-paid job and working long hours did have their advantages. I had been able to save for ages and hadn’t had any time to spend it.
In the last 2 years, I have done so much…
I moved from Germany back to England.
I travelled to France twice, seeing Paris, the castles in the Loire Valley and helping build a patio in Brittany.
I spent 4 months in South Africa and did the world’s highest gorge swing in Oribi Gorge.
I visited Ireland for the first time and spent a week travelling around the south of the country, explored the Dingle Peninsula and caught a ferry to the Arran Islands.
I spent an incredible 2.5 months visiting various friends, colleagues and old neighbours in Toronto and America. I rekindled a very special friendship.
I explored the south coast of Iceland for a few days and did a boat trip to see a huge glacier and icebergs floating on a lake.
I was given complimentary tickets to watch the quarter final of the ‘Men’s Football’ in the 2012 Olympics up in Newcastle so I stayed a few days exploring the area.
I spent a month on the island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand learning how to be an English teacher.
I moved to Hat Yai in the far south of Thailand and spent 6 months teaching primary school children and ended up rediscovering my inner child.
Another 2 months in South Africa where I had the opportunity to zip line across the tree tops and hillside of central Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Then, I got a dream job as a feature writer working for Koh Samui’s premier publishing company, Siam Map. I moved back to the island at the beginning of May and I will interview various businesses and write articles for the different publications.
I know I am incredibly blessed to lead such an amazing life. It hasn’t always been this good but it just goes to show, with some hard work, determination, tons of enthusiasm and the need to take the odd risk here and there, the results can be wonderful.
If you had told me just 2 years ago that I would be living on a tropical island in Thailand writing articles about luxury resorts, I would have laughed at you. And yet, here I am – which goes to show, anything is possible.
Life is too short, go for it, live your dream and never ever, EVER give up.