I’ll go anywhere as long as I haven’t been there before
I love travelling.
That’s probably the most defining sentence about myself that I can make. I’ve been to over 80 countries and I’ll generally go anywhere as long as I haven’t been there before.
My love of travelling definitely impacts my way of life. Here’s how:
I only work one season of the year (and travel for the remaining months)
My friends all have real jobs so I travel alone (although occasionally they fly out and join me for a week or two)
I don’t own or rent a house
My life fits into three storage boxes and two rucksacks and lives for most of the time in my friends garden shed
My only monthly outgoing (direct debit) is £9.99 for Spotify Premium
In the summers, on the rare day when I’m not working I’m exploring the UK in my tiny Berlingo van, which I also kind of live in
My love of travel started after university. I always assumed I’d get a good job with a good company (not sure doing what though) and live a normal life. But circumstances all came together to send me off to New Zealand when I was twenty-two to work and travel for a year on a Working Holiday Visa. Two and a half years later I finally returned home to the UK, but not for very long! I quickly discovered I could easily work and save for half the year, then travel for the other.
I worked my way up in the seasonal accommodation industry, always turning down offers to work in Head Office, Recruitment or other random departments during the off-season and instead took myself off exploring.
Now I’m 39 and have a great job with a boutique camping company, travelling the UK all summer planning and building glampsites at music and sporting events. Every winter I have five months off to indulge my love of travel and add a country or two to my list.
But it’s important to remember that backpacking doesn’t have to involve far away exotic destinations. Everyone can indulge a love of travel, even without getting on a plane. Head over to my http://travelenglandwithtor.home.blog/ to read about my random adventures in England (and Wales) and my ramblings about minimalist living (essential if you’re going to save enough cash to do your dream trip) and how to experience van life without a real van.
“Not all those who wander are lost” J.R.R Tolkien