On the 6th February 2006, after six months of 12 hour days and 7-day weeks, my Mum dropped me at Heathrow airport with my boyfriend (now husband) Darren, where we caught an 11 hour flight to Bangkok, the first leg of a round the world trip that we had been dreaming about for a long time!
From this moment on, we caught the travel bug and have been unable to shake it since…
Our Round the World trip was designed to last six months, after which we would return so that I could attend University and study History and Media Studies (I know, not a usual combination..) After five months, I decided to forge this University place so that we could continue our travels. We decided to stay longer in New Zealand, found jobs at a ski resort, rented a bungalow, borrowed a car. We changed our flight itinerary, planned to stay longer in Indonesia, and talked about staying away and travelling longer than our flight tickets lasted.
Sadly, our trip was cut short after 8 months. Darren’s dad was diagnosed with Cancer. We returned home, twice in three weeks, and a couple of days after our second trip home, he died, aged just 59.
We stayed with Darren’s Mum for a while, but couldn’t face returning to New Zealand. It seemed such a long long way away. Our landlord, Graeme, kindly packaged up our things and popped them into storage.
We had no money (what we had was, and still is, in a New Zealand bank account), nowhere permanent to live, and only a backpack each of possessions. We were thrown back into real life with a thud.
We rented a house, found jobs and bought a car. Our careers were selected from a list of jobs with the most entry points to New Zealand – I trained to be a pharmacy technician, Darren, a plumber.
Being back home, we realised that not a lot had changed in England. A few friends had married, a couple of babies had been born, and some of our friends had moved, but really, life was the same as when we had left.
Our plan was to return to New Zealand, to pick up our sleeping bags and snowboards from Graeme, and continue where we left off. Somewhere between 2006 and 2014, life got in the way. We bought a house, renovated it, did the same again, forged successful careers, opened two businesses, Dora’s Cups & Cones and Custom Design, got married, bought a flat to renovate, and I caused some ongoing back problems after a fall from a chair lift!
Then, in August, my inspirational Nanny passed away after a long battle with Cancer. The road trip to America we had been planning for when she got better never happened. The trip she wanted to make to visit my brother, Tom (who now lives in Australia) couldn’t happen. She had spent her entire life saving for her retirement, only for it to be snatched away. And I realised I don’t want this to happen to me.
Darren and I have decided that 2015 will be the year that we finally get back on the road. We have wanted to live in Bangkok for a long time, so, we are making the first steps to making that dream a reality…
Please follow our journey as we save up, sell up and finish off where we left off!