I’ve just returned from the adventure of my life. I went travelling around South East Asia, the South Pacific and parts of South America for 12 months! I have always planned to go travelling ever since I graduated from university in July 2006. But, as it goes, I just never got round to it…
The year before my decision to go backpacking, I had been getting itchy feet. I mean really itchy feet. The idea of going travelling, seeing the world, and experiencing that sense of freedom that all travellers rant on about had become more and more appealing by the day. Becoming distracted easily, daydreaming about backpacking, and feeling restless had almost become part of my daily routine. I tried to satisfy about 2% of my hunger to see the world by getting out of Manchester over the last few months and seeing a bit more of the UK, but it doesn’t take a genius to work out that it was a very poor substitute for backpacking around the world. So I decided to pack everything in and just go for it.
Having lived in Manchester for the past seven years, of which three and a half years had been spent working full time, I was looking forward to escaping the mundane routine that is the working life, and replacing it with 12 months of freedom, basking in the sun, and doing what I love – exploring!
This website was set up so that, ultimately, I could use it as an online journal, documenting all the tiny details which in 20 years time I may have forgotten; to share my experiences with my friends; and for my family, to keep tabs on me so that they know I am safe and that I haven’t been kidnapped, attacked, or harmed in any way. But as you’ve probably noticed I never actually updated this whilst away. Reasons for this included the fact that I didn’t bring a laptop with me (I just had an iPod touch) and although Wifi was free pretty much everywhere, I didn’t want to spend hours just sat at the computer when there was a whole new world for me to explore. Instead, I kept a few notes every day on my iPod touch. I have decided that these notes will be published on this website….exactly one year on. I’m hoping it will act as a sort of diary so I don’t forget anything.
For those who happen to stumble upon my website and who are also planning on going travelling, perhaps I could give you some ideas and provide some vital information on how to prepare for a 12 month backpacking trip, or, more likely than not, you can learn from my mistakes!
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I’d be happy to answer them!
I’ve also featured on other sites, listed below.
A travel blogger interview with A Chinese Nomad, aka @jchanners – Backpacks and Bunkbeds