Last Christmas Rich and I made a big decision - that in 2016 we would leave reality behind us, pack our bags and travel.
Idealistic? Perhaps. Selfish? Perhaps.
And after almost a year of hard saving and life planning, it's on! In February - a mere three months time - we'll be leaving life as we know it behind and boarding a plane bound for SE Asia for six months of exploring.
Philippines - Thailand - Myanmar - Cambodia - Vietnam... and the rest!
This is a pretty big deal for us; we're leaving our home (we rent in Farnham, Surrey) and jobs, putting our things in storage and leaving reality behind. I've been lucky enough to be given a sabbatical from my teaching job, so will be coming back to my job in August. This really sealed the deal for us - when I asked, I didn't expect them to say yes! Call it a sign, fate, whatever... it was clearly meant to be.
For me, life feels pretty hectic. I'm twenty-eight, a busy teacher in the hamster wheel of life which seems to be relentless. But right now, we have no ties. No mortgage, no babies. For us it is the perfect time to spread our wings and finally do what we've always fantasised about - put life on hold for six months and explore.
If not now, when?