We are mad. We keep saying it. Somehow we’ve made the decision to get married, quit our jobs and travel the world. We aren’t rich. This isn’t something we have reserves of time and money to do. And yet we’ve made the decision, we’ve set up a website and we’ve booked viewings for wedding venues. No going back now!
We are around the age of 30, and we’ve worked hard and aimed for careers that interest us. Like many couples in our generation we juggle bills and a social life. But we’ve managed. Through luck with house prices after scraping together a mortgage, and a lot of DIY, we’ve been able to afford a decent lifestyle. We haven’t got a penny in savings, but we’ve had holidays and adventures.
But I couldn’t seem to keep going. Whilst I love my house, and I’m proud of where I am, it isn’t enough. It isn’t enough of a reason to spend 55 hours a week driving to an office and working for somebody else. I want to choose what I do, and be passionate about it.
The decision just happened. And once we’d made it, it was impossible to shrug off. I’d been in a low state of mind for a while, following the sudden illness of a family member. The person in question has made a fantastic and full recovery. We are very lucky. But it made me stop and seriously think about what mattered in life. What I wanted to be able to tell my children and grand children. What I wanted to smile about when Amy and I are old and grey, reminiscing on the life we shared.
Amy was my rock throughout a difficult six months during the sudden illness of somebody I love dearly. She kept me and my family going in our darkest moments. She fed me when I was weak, and she held me when I fell apart. Then she helped to piece me back together again.
So one Thursday evening, she came home from work a few hours after me. I was drinking beer and feeling gloomy. I’d had enough. It was all a bit pathetic. I thank my lucky stars Amy didn’t lose patience or perseverance. Instead, she took a beer from the fridge and she joined me. We circled back to a conversation we’ve had so many times over the years.
One day we are going to stop this tiring routine and we are going to go travelling. We are going to wake up somewhere new and go and explore. We are going to live at our own pace, for our own reasons.
But this time we didn’t wistfully laugh it off. We looked into each others eyes. We grinned like maniacs. And we decided we will do it.
That was a few months ago. In that time we’ve repeatedly looked at each other and grinned. Like maniacs. Because it is too real now. We can’t go back. Over Christmas we cracked on with the DIY. Our house needs fixing up if we are going to rent it out. We’ve started sorting our belongings room by room into sell, throw away and worth putting in storage.
In January we started researching weddings. I’ll do a whole new post on that topic, we had a lot to learn! But we are close to booking viewings and setting dates. We also created the most intimidating excel spreadsheet I’ve ever encountered. It only has three tabs, but it will take hours to fill. Tab 1 was relatively easy: If we do nothing fun until we go, how much can we save. Tab 2 is more tricky: The wedding budget. Tab 3 makes me want to get under my duvet, load up netflix and procrastinate with all the GoT series on repeat: The travel budget.
Finally, we’ve set up this website. If we are going to get very far, we need a way to earn money as we go. With some extreme penny-pinching and selling half of what we own, we think we can save enough to travel for six months. But we’d like to go for a year. And we’d love to find a way to make this a way of life. So we plan on learning how to earn cash ourselves. It’s pretty scary.
Step #1 is getting online. If we are going to find ways to make money from our skills, we need people to find us. So we’re going to build this site up over the next 18 months or so. We’re going to blog about our journey. The highs, the lows, and the lessons we learn. Then, hopefully, we’ll build up an online following large enough to get our message out there. I’m a digital marketer, so it’s kind of my reputation on the line here.
If this takes off, I hope to sell my services to help small businesses and sole traders build their own online presence. Amy is a fine artist. Her wizardry with sounds, video and memory amazes me. I won’t pretend to be able to explain what she does, she’ll blog about that herself. But it certainly captivates me, and I think her technique will appeal to businesses and venues.
Subscribe to the blog if you’d like to follow us. We’ll be posting on the following:
- Planning a wedding
- Budgeting to travel
- Deciding where to go, how to get there and what to watch out for
- Renovating our two bed terraced house
- What to pack
- How to set up websites and a digital presence
- How we make money as we travel
On the day we quit our jobs, we’ll reveal our true identities. Then we’ll get married, get on a plane, and continue to blog on the adventure as it unravels.
“Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.”
― J.M. Barrie,