The biggest news I’ve ever had.

I have ACTUAL butterflies in my tummy writing this blog post, how ridiculous is that? I guess by the time you’ve finished reading then you will perhaps understand why. I’m basically about to change almost everything in my life. At the moment I live in London, I have a full-time high powered but amazing job and I lodge in a lovely North London house. In the last week I have quit my job, quit my house and I am about to quit London too… because on the 18th September Nick & I get on a plane to Venezuela and will spend the next six months backpacking around South and Central America!

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I don’t really know where to start on how much news this is for one person to share! Firstly, I’m so sorry if you are one of my close friends and I haven’t had time to tell you this news face to face. It’s all come about quite quickly and I’m sure the next six weeks until lift-off will go even faster. After the year that Nick and I both had in 2012, when an idea and opportunity arose to take six months out and travel to some of the most beautiful places in the world, it wasn’t one we took much hesitation around snatching. As we travel we will be blogging… probably not a massive surprise as we both write for a living in some capacity, as well as in our spare time, with me blogging here and Nick writing for Den of Geek! I’ll share lots more information about where you can follow our adventures before we go, but I promise it wont be your standard travelator blog… mainly because I don’t enjoy reading most of those so I want to create something a bit more accessible to home-bodies and explorers alike. We will basically be providing a male and female perspective on everything we do and see. Additional to that, Nick has done plenty of travelling before, whereas aside from a couple of short stints around Spain, South Africa and Canada, I am a backpacking newbie. We will also still be working (of course!) recce-ing for content for a Film & TV Production Company. They have recently filmed a base jumping feature out there, and want us to report back some research and ideas for future content/people/places that might make great future shows or movies. Doing this is going massively out of my comfort zone but I think I’m at that age where it’s a bit now or never. I’ve met my bestfriend-boyfriend, I’m zooming into a career for life and I’m getting a serious case of the seven year London itch. I also want to expand my mind and my feelings and life skills. I love my life and am very grateful for it, but can’t wait to have some time out from seeing every billboard that hits the underground platform wall, checking twitter before I’ve got out of bed, answering work emails at midnight and that sense of predictability with no end point.

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If you are interested, our trip itinerary takes us to Venezuela > Brazil (hitching a hammock ride on a boat down the Amazon!) > Bolivia, Peru (hola Machu Pichu!), Ecuador (currently battling our bank balance to see if you we justify the Galapagos) > Colombia > Panama > Costa Rica > Nicaragua > Honduras > Belize > Guatemala (where Craig may well be coming to meet us, for amongst other things, a night-time sloth hunting trek!) > Mexico > Los Angeles > Big Sur > San Francisco! We are currently in the haze of vaccinations, packing plans, itinerary nailing down and buried beneath Lonely Planet books frantically scribbling and scrawling. I’m swapping my monthly orders on ASOS to Nomad and hunting out must-have items such as waterproof jackets that fold to the size of an apple..! I’ve never been so excited in my whole life. I am practically vibrating, my waking and sleeping life jam-packed with thoughts about what we’ll see and where and who we’ll meet along the way. It still feels surreal that in mere WEEKS, I’ll be wandering the salt plains of Bolivia, trekking to waterfalls in Venezuela, staying in a family homestay on Lake Titicaca and hunting out Mayan ruins in Guatemala. I also can’t wait to get out there and use my certified level-3 Spanish on the locals. Although, I’m at that stage where I can speak eloquently and sound pretty authentic… then someone replies and my face crumbles as I realise I cannot understand a word of the answer!

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So that’s the news. Just a bit dramatic! I can’t say there isn’t an underlying blind-panic clutching me every now and then, ridiculously based around taking a office-job break. Even though I’m working whilst travelling, I have had formal employment since I first stepped into a waitressing job at 16. I’ve never been unemployed since! During university I didn’t get a student loan, instead working nights, weekends and holidays at a string of bar, cinema and museum jobs to fund my rent and fees. I couldn’t even bring myself to do the typical gap yah thing when I shipped off to Canada after graduating, instead helping in a backpackers hostel for the summer. But that work ethic has got me to where I am now, but I have a creeping suspicion the hours and high stress a times have potentially had a part to play in my health woes of last year, so am certain that a break from the daily grind will have medicinal benefits too.

So, I’m not going anywhere just yet, and normal service will resume (e.g. I WENT TO A ROLLER DISCO ON FRIDAY!) but bit by bit I’ll be transitioning over to my temporary travel blog home and talking more and more about my excitement at seeing my all-time favourite animal, the capybara, in the wild and less about my latest cheeseburger adventure.

 

 

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  1. Cath Wilkins’s avatar

    Wow Bee! What an adventure you and Nick are embarking on! I look forward to reading your blogs! Good luck!

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    1. Bee’s avatar

      Thanks Cath, I can’t wait to be swapping my stories to ones featuring exotic treks and mysterious mountains!

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    2. Claire’s avatar

      Wow! How exciting! I can totally relate… And absolutely over the moon thrilled for you! ENJOY (I know you will!) Xx

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      1. Bee’s avatar

        Thanks Claire, it brave beauts like you that have really inspired me over the years. I have loved following your adventure and can’t wait to begin my own x

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      2. Kate’s avatar

        Have an amazing time! Can’t wait to read your blogs already 🙂 x

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        1. Bee’s avatar

          Aw, that’s so lovely! It’s great to feel like we have a few eager readers already, I hope it’s what everyone hopes for. Where and how and when I get Wifi might be a bit trickier/interesting!

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        2. laura’s avatar

          Wow this sounds so exciting! Tom and I have been talking about doing this for ages and maybe reading about your adventures will finally inspire us to do it too! can’t wait to read your travelling tales! xx

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          1. Bee’s avatar

            Thank you! It’s so heartening to have so much support and some readers already lined up for our shiny new spot. You guys turn every day life into an adventure so I can’t imagine how exciting it would be if you took the big plunge like us. Also.. oooh the ZINES! x

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          2. Maxine’s avatar

            Congratulations, that sounds so exciting! I can’t wait to read your blogs on your travels, as I’m sure you’ll make them entertaining and informative as ever, and you’ll have amazing photographs to go along with it all. I am all for quitting your job and traveling – I did that close to two years ago now, so I’m behind you all the way 🙂

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            1. Bee’s avatar

              Marvellous magical Maxine, this is so generous. Thank you! I actually did a little excited yelp and read this out to Nick when you posted, as it really does make me feel more confident about this big life decision and my future as a travel blogging type. I hope that I can be as honest about what it’s like as possible, as it’s all totally new to me! Where did you go on your travels? It’s very reassuring to hear you’d do it all over again 🙂

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              1. Maxine’s avatar

                Yay! I promise I won’t judge you at all if some of your posts consist of lines like “this isn’t fun at all/this is hard” … I know a lot of people believe that travel is a huge luxury and that one who has the luxury to travel shouldn’t be complaining, but it’s not always rainbows and unicorns, especially if you’re backpacking. Or in South America, I’m sure.

                I quit my job and went to Taiwan to study Mandarin for a year … honestly, I mostly did it because I wanted to escape my job/industry, hadn’t been able to find any viable alternatives, and I felt my health and spirit were greatly suffering. In addition to Taiwan, I was able to travel to Tokyo, Australia and New Zealand before returning home, which was a dream come true 🙂

                I’m so happy that you’re putting your health first and have been able to recognize that you needed a break. I feel that so many young people today are afraid to take a risk and do what they know is right, or at least leave what they know is wrong. So kudos, again, to you and I’ll be rooting for you and Nick!

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