Trip Start Jan 2003
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I won't bore you with too many details as most of you know us already. We (that's Kirsty and I) had wanted to go travelling for a while. We've been together for 6 years now and it was one of the first things we talked about. Deep down though I was a bit scared - not of the actual travelling but scared that I wouldn't get out of it as much as I wanted.
To cut a long story short we went on a family (my mum, my brother, my sister-in-law and their two girls) holiday a few months ago to Portugal. We did have a great time and it was exactly what we needed. However, that holiday really brought it home how restricting kids could be. I don't mean that in any nasty sense as I love my two nieces to bits but we were not ready for the commitment of having our own children. To rebel against this possibility, the suggestion of travelling resurfaced. As far as I was concerned the lure was considerably stronger than ever before. The complications were still there and to be honest it wasn't until Sarah (thank you Sarah) pointed out that we really could go if we wanted to, that we realised this was the truth. We could resign and just leave. Sure the timing wasn't great (we've just bought our first house) but we would always be able to find excuses and so we decided to go.
After talking to our bosses, the best time to go was going to be January 2003 (we need the money we will hopefully get from bonuses between now and then) but then we will be on our way. As I write, we are still very much in the planning stage and open to suggestions. When we have finally got things sorted out in the house, we should be able to concentrate on our trip. Unfortunately then we will still have an agonising wait for our departure date. I generally agree with the fact that you shouldn't wish your life away but at this moment, losing 10 weeks of my life seems like a particularly attractive option!