Reminiscing and Christmas Presents

Trip Start Jun 12, 2006
Trip End Jul 01, 2007

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Its been over 5 years since my once if a life time trip around the world in 2006 and its finally going to be printed into a book.

At the time I had the dilemma that most people think about, but never take the opportunity to completely change the course of their lives...... I made that choice and can never look back thinking 'I wish I had done that.....'

So my decision was the split from my long term girlfriend at the time, from a relationship which had no direction and to sell my half of our joint flat to fund an around the world trip I had been dreaming of since university. My risk was to leave a job in which I was well established and that I had just started to climb the career ladder, but weighed up the options and considered I had enough experience to justify the risk that I would find a job when I returned from my trip.......or do something completely different.

And yes when I returned the first few months were hard........but nothing that out weighed the life changing experience I had just been through.

Within a month I had been offered my old job back at sanofi, within 3 months I had found a fantastic flat share in Guildford with new friends and within 6 months I had paid off all debts occurred during my gap year.

I've been blessed since my trip and have carried on my travels with extended holidays and breaks over Christmas's. In 2009 I spent a huge amount of time in Africa adding to my extended bucket list..... bungee jumping at Victoria falls, watching a test match in cape town, sunrise over the Namibian sand dunes, safari in the Serengeti and following mountain gorillas in Rwanda. 

I even managed to revisit places from my world trip and places that I missed out on including Vietnam, Komodo dragons in Indonesia.... and yes I did get to India in the end, which has become my favorite destination!!! 

On 22nd November 2008 my life became complete when I met my amazing girlfriend Laura and on the 16th July 2010 she decided it would be a fabulous idea to marry me, again in a place I'd been on my world trip (Ubud in Bali) We have planned the most amazing honeymoon in the South Pacific, involving swimming with humpback whales and picture perfect desert islands!! This Christmas Laura is arranging for my blog to be printed into a book to capture all my thoughts and memories from my gap year.

Love you Kearsey xxx

In reminiscing I think back to my year break....... was it a risk worth taking? did it effect my career? did it change my outlook on life?

No one really understands unless you have given up everything, the sense of freedom....freedom from agendas, freedom from being somewhere, freedom to being somebody and freedom from the stress of modern day western life.

My greatest learnings were the value of time with loved ones, experience the best life has to offer and the value of money. No longer are am I bothered by the materialistic drain that started creeping into my life, my hard earned money goes on experiencing the best life has to offer and doing amazing things with my beautiful girlfriend.

I'm more happier than I have ever been with prospect of marrying and sharing my new journeys with Laura.

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