“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
Back in 2003 whilst in Vietnam I met a girl from New Zealand who had decided to travel to 50 countries before settling down and committing to a mortgage. I thought that this was a fantastic idea and decided to copy. Unfortunately I have lost touch with the aforementioned girl, so am unsure how far on her quest she has gone. Personally I have trumped up some 95 countries and am far from finished on my voyage.
I was brought up in a small town in Yorkshire, England and from a young age was hooked on the adventures of Enid Blyton’s “Famous Five”. Whilst I was never going to solve a mystery and live off lashings and lashings of ginger beer, it certainly set off an intrigue for discovery within me. I wanted to escape the sleepy countryside solitude and head out on my own adventures.
University gave me a level of independence that I craved, and I never looked back. My career took me into finance and after a few years in the field with various sojourns overseas I took my thrill seeking a step further and bought a Round the World airline ticket. Towards the end of my year trip I managed to land on my feet and was offered a finance position in Sydney, Australia. Some fourteen years later I am still in this beautiful country, but have not given up my strong passion for exploration.
The feelings I experience from travel are like no other. I love immersing myself in new cultures and meeting local people. Being on a bus where nobody speaks your language and by some miracle, or perhaps due to my advanced gesticulation skills, finding yourself at the right destination gives you a fantastic buzz. Obviously this can all go wrong and you end up somewhere unexpected and a new exciting challenge begins!
Who knows what adventure lies on the road ahead, with the temptation of so many other intriguing countries to explore. Stay tuned to find out where my next journey takes me….