Dam it feels good to be a gangster

Trip Start Apr 08, 2013
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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I quit my job today, not unusual for me but I hope it will be the last time I have to do it for a while, you think it would get easier the more you move around, for me it doesn't I still get the rush of feelings, guilt, excitement, relief and most importantly freedom, I play the scenario in my head over and over again until I have more expectations of what I might say that what I actually end up doing. It's like our travel style, think and plan for years and then just set off and let the road guide us.

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 may repeat myself from before and will do again the future, I probably obsess about having enough money to live a life on the road and I can waffle a bit.

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. We couldn't do this in our forties, our livers wouldn't allow it.

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!
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Marie Noble. on

Paul, having worked with sharon in age care for about three years in adelaide...I can only say their is going to be a big hole in our lives at work..We truly love this girl..her sense of humour, her personality...We wish your farewell and safe journey for the next part of your journey together...keep the blog going as we can keep up with you; treat her well for her 40th..Have a great birthday "Pom"....(thats what she calls herself...lol) and we will always cherish our friendship...Marie and Vicki...xxxx

Angela Stephen on

Hi guys, how I envy you both.Wish I had done some of this travel thing when young.! Wherever the road takes you eh. Missed by your friends but continue to just do what you are doing. What fantastic life experiences you are living. You have got the real meaning of life. Love you both Angela. xx

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