Why am I making this trip?

Trip Start Jul 31, 2010
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Trip End May 31, 2011


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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The day that I caught the travel bug? That would be the day that we flew rather than drove to our new home in Singapore - November 15th 1985. My dad got a job working for SMRT, and I was thrilled to be moving. I didn't even know where Singapore was, but it sounded exotic and that was enough for me.

Since then I have been well and truly hooked on travel and I have never looked back. During my summer vacations at University I found myself choosing work experience abroad, (field walking in Yugoslavia and Greece rather than digging in a rainy field in England) and then as soon as I had enough teaching experience behind me I got a job in Kuwait.

Kuwait was an amazing place, although at times its culture could be a little frustrating but it was also a brilliant place for travelling from and, as you may or may not know, most school teachers wish their lives away waiting for the next school vacation. So every Xmas, Easter and Summer found me travelling to another country, sometimes on my own and sometimes with friends - India, Bahrain, Dubai, Jordan, Bali, Istanbul, Thailand and eventually to the USA to get married in Vegas.

Getting married brought me back to the UK (it seemed a little pointless for me to be living in Kuwait and my husband in London), but the travelling during the school holidays continued, mainly in the USA and Canada, but we went back to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, and visited countries a little closer to home too - Holland, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Greece and Turkey. I even managed to wangle a school trip to Iceland. On our 10th anniversary we went to Australia (writing about that trip would take a whole blog in itself) and had a truly amazing time.

Then one typically dark and dreary February night over a glass of wine I remember saying to Ian 'Why don't we just up sticks and go travelling for a year'? To my utter amazement (Ian is the sensible one who thinks things through carefully before making a decision) he replied without any hesitation 'why not' and the plans for this trip were hatched. I bought a map of the world and stuck pins in all the places I wanted to see (thanks year 12 physics for the extra pins - you can see I have put them to good use in the photo), then arranged some volunteer work interspersed with some down time and added a few sightseeing trips for good measure.

So, it is now the 27th July and I have precisely 4days until I get on the first plane. I can't begin to tell you how excited I am but may be you will get some idea if you carry on reading this blog.
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