Dam it feels good to be a gangster
Trip Start Apr 08, 2013
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Let me introduce you to us, this is our second travelpod blog, I'm older probably no wiser and at the moment a little more tired than I was then. I'm not even sure why I'm writing this blog, friends tell me they enjoy reading them, are they being polite? I don't know but it gives me a focus when we're on the road I guess. I have no ambition to be a blogger or a writer this is simply an account of two people following a dream
I remember clearly the first time I wanted to be a backpacker of some sort, I didn't get the bug early, I was about 32 at the time. Until that point we had lead a pretty normal life. I met Sharon when I was 19, went to university, went back to my home town after university, got on the career ladder, got on the property ladder, things were looking pretty normal for us.
We had a great group of friends, we did everything you normally do in your twenties, again it was the usual way to grow up in the Midlands (UK). Then at 28 my mates started to get married, started to settle down and have kids started to be even more 'normal'. It freaked me out, I wasn't ready for that and luckily or unluckily depending on your point of view, it freaked Sharon out too, we were about to have our first mid-life incident that would take on the road to where we are now.
Again we never even considered travel, our instinct was to move to a city with more life more chaos and relive our twenties in our thirties! So we brought a flat in Manchester, which had just hosted the commonwealth games and was buzzing with rejuvenation after the IRA bomb in the 90's.
A few more yrs passed, new jobs, new friends new routine, pretty much the same life pattern in a bigger city. Still with no interest to settle down and do the family thing something had to change
Dave showed me a email from his friends in Thailand, another wet and windy day at work in Manchester suddenly illuminated. That was it why had I never thought about traveling before, we loved to travel round Europe and had been on a few long haul trips to Mexico and the Caribbean, why don't we just save up and do the backpacker thing.
I can't believe that was nearly ten years ago, its probably taken this long to get to where we are today, to be in a position to travel extensively for years to come. The preparation has been extensive but the will is still there.
But this is a team effort, while I tend to write from my point of view none of this would be possible without the other half. I'm incredibly lucky to have a partner who for nearly twenty years just shrugs her shoulders and says 'sure why not' every time I get far flung ideas, who loves to travel just as much as I do, she pushes my dreams and stops me getting to comfy and nesting in one place. She is the cattails again for this trip, I probably would have worked for another five years saving so we had 'just enough'. So as we fast approach 40 we want to start the decade on a high, just enough will never be enough, the cut off is Sharon's birthday no if's or buts we will be on the road to anywhere and unemployed by the 8th of April.
Dam it feels good!