Why I’ll Never Lose My Wanderlust…

… and how I planned a round the world trip in my lunchbreak!

I think if you are a relatively creative or adventurous person, it’s pretty natural to want to travel because there is so much beauty out there – and once you’ve experienced some of it first hand, why would you not want to just keep on seeing more?

I didn’t do the whole university + gap year thing… I went straight into full-time work from the age of 18,  working my way up to a fairly successful position in a media environment which was great fun… but after several years of 9 to 5 (more like 8 to 8), I felt increasingly exhausted and unfulfilled.

It turned out the career success I’d been so driven to achieve was good for my bank account but not so great for my soul…

When I met my husband I had only been on package holidays to European countries, whereas he had been to places like Peru, Iran and Turkmenistan – so we decided to go to Thailand for 3 weeks, travelling round independently….and basically that was it, I fell in love with travel and my experiences from a relatively short trip to Asia gave me that appetite for the freedom of exploring, the desire and the lust for new, exotic places that are so different from the UK.

After visiting Thailand we had a couple of long-haul holidays (I was pretty much working to fund our travel) and my lust for adventure just kept increasing, the highlights of our trips often being seeing different animals.

One lunchtime, having just returned from a brief holiday I was feeling jet lagged – not only from the flight home, but my career too. Sitting daydreaming at my desk, I decided our next trip should be Malaysian Borneo to see Orangutans – something I had dreamt of for years.

But when you look on the map and see where Borneo is, and how many other wonderful countries are so close by, I suppose it’s easy to see how the idea of buying a round the world ticket and having a big adventure may happen?!

I was lucky to be working for the BBC at the time, who allow such things as ‘career breaks’, so on the spur of the moment I walked into my boss’s office, sat down and asked if it would be possible to take an extended career break to travel. He amazed me by saying yes and a call to our mortgage company to arrange some additional borrowing for cough, cough ‘home improvements?!’ ….. and that was it…. a big change in my life was about to begin…..

Ultimately, travel pretty much changed my view on everything… it has influenced my subsequent career choices, the decor of my home, my hobbies – travel is the ultimate ‘muse’ for a keen photographer – along with my general outlook on life and what can be accomplished.

I’m going to share some of my experiences from our trips in the coming weeks, and those of some fellow bloggers too, but for now I will end by saying. if you’ve got that need within you to escape, to explore, to grow and experience new cultures – all cliches I know, but they are said for a very valid reason – do whatever you can to make it happen, to head off and see more of this beautiful world!

 

 

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  1. April 21, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    Oh Tiff, you must have had the time of your life! I can’t wait to hear more about your adventures, it’s so inspiring! I’ve always travelled to big cities only and all F’s done was either all-inclusive packet holidays or business travels do we haven’t really seen the world. It sounds like one big adventure, would love to do it one day, especially now when life feels so boring and predictable with each day being a copy of the previous one. Thank you for inspiring me to dream! Xx

    • April 23, 2017 / 10:26 pm

      Thank you!! Yes it was pretty amazing and I would do it again tomorrow if I could! I know it costs alot of money but it really is an amazing experience if you can make it happen….. I know you would love it! Dream big lovely x

  2. Nicci
    April 23, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    I loved this article and as a family we have made a decision to lessen spending on the house and more on experiences and travel. Your article has made me excited about planning our next adventure. I can’t wait for your next article.

    • April 23, 2017 / 10:23 pm

      Ah that’s wonderful to hear! Yes it’s lovely to have nice things around us isnt it, but the memories we make having adventures are what stay with us for the long term! I shall try to remind myself of that next time I have a shopping urge haha 😉

  3. May 17, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    This sounds amazing. I can’t wait to hear more about your travels! My life seems so boring now LOL

  4. May 17, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    So adventurous. I would love to travel to Thailand. Cannot wait to hear more about your trips. I went to Rwanda and sat with the Gorillas in the jungle. It was my bucket, not the list! 🙂

  5. May 17, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    It is our biggest desire in life to travel this amazing world. It encourages us to continue to grow as people, understand the world form the viewpoint of so many other people and to be curious and embracing of cultures around the world. Galapagos is high on our list, as is Croatia. Like you, Tonia met Colin and hadn’t really experienced travel before and then all of a sudden together we’d discovered this passion together!

  6. May 21, 2017 / 10:32 am

    Travel is amazing, isn’t it? I’m glad you got to plan such a trip, and I look forward to reading more about your adventures.

    I haven’t been to any “exotic” destinations yet, but I really enjoy travel and the inspiration it brings.

  7. May 21, 2017 / 2:44 pm

    This has made me want to dust off my backpack and go get lost in some far flung destination. I think there’s a part of you which only comes out when you get stuck into other cultures or push yourself out your comfort zone. I’ve had to put travelling on hold while I had a baby but reading this has inspired me to trawl the internet and seek out a new adventure!

    • May 21, 2017 / 9:57 pm

      I think you are absolutely right there is definitely a special part of us that comes out when we seek adventure-So glad you found it inspiring and I’m sure you will travel again when the time is right! Xx

  8. Olivia
    May 21, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    I’ve been dying to travel more, but my budget doesn’t allow anything too far or overseas yet. But we do manage to travel close by in next door states and other parts of our state!

  9. May 21, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    That is AWESOME that your company allows for career breaks! My husband’s job doesn’t really allow for that, but we have had some great vacations and I’m always looking for our next adventure! This is so inspiring!

  10. May 22, 2017 / 1:55 am

    I love this post! I am so excited to hear more about your travels 😀 I love traveling too! I have been to 13 countries so far and I will be visiting 2 more new ones this summer! 🙂

  11. May 22, 2017 / 9:21 am

    What an amazing experience!! I’m so desperate to travel more, I’ve got so many places on my bucket list!! xxx

  12. sheri
    May 22, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    I love reading stuff like this. I haven’t traveled much in my life but hope to some day have the ability to do so. In the meantime, I’ll read about all yours (and others’) experiences and keep dreaming! 😉

  13. May 23, 2017 / 3:32 am

    Hello, Tiffany! This is my first time to visit your blog and I’m already fascinated! 🙂 I also love to travel and discover the beauty of other places. I’m just lucky to live here in the Philippines where almost every province has its own place worth visiting 🙂

    Wannderzel by Hazel

    • May 23, 2017 / 7:34 am

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog 💗 Wow you live in a wonderful part of the World, lots of us from Europe fly a long way to see such beauty!xx

  14. May 23, 2017 / 8:34 am

    Amazing! This is so inspiring. I love that you just said, “screw it lets do it!” 🙂 I love that kind of attitude.

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