ABOUT ME

Hello! Thanks so much for dropping by 🙂
 
Whether you are an experienced travel junkie or a novice looking to take their first trip abroad, I hope that this blog will help to fuel your own sense of wanderlust. I’ve put together a selection of articles offering practical tips and inspiration for travel.
 
So, let’s get the formalities out of the way. My name’s Chris. I’m a youngish (being in your thirties still counts as being young, right?) guy, trying to balance everyday life (job, responsibilities etc) with seeing as much of the world as possible.
I guess the travel addiction came rather late for me. We were into the final few months of 2014 and it dawned on me that I had taken next to no annual leave so far. Unsurpirsingly, I was pretty beat down, tired and, to be honest, feeling somewhat miserable. In the November of that year I joined a group of friends in Portugal where we were celebrating one of the groups 30th birthday.
 
After the much needed short break to Portugal, I promised myself that I would start taking advantage of my annual leave. I wouldn’t be passive. I’d start saying ‘yes’ to more things.
The following year I had my long overdue first trip outside of Europe and the US. Two close university friends were living out in Singapore (shout out to Lucy and Phoebe) and had been badgering me to visit. For one reason or another (laziness), I’d never gotten round to it. No more. At the start of the year, I booked my plane tickets. Come April I was at Heathrow, grinning with excitement as I waited to board my flight. Then I was on my way to south east Asia for a taste of Singapore, Cambodia and Hong Kong. 
 
At the risk of hyperbole, that trip was eye opening and life changing: seeing Anchor Wat at sunrise, learning about Pol Pot’s oppressive Khmer Rouge, experiencing the overwhelming hustle and bustle of Hong Kong and falling in love with Singapore. I returned home with a renewed curiosity about the world. My outlook had shifted. Gone were the days of letting moments and opportunities pass me by. Since the first trip I have resolved to use every day of my annual leave, along with as many bank holidays and weekends as I can to see as much of the world as possible.

In the intervening years I’ve been lucky enough to visit a diverse selection of countries. I’ve met some awesome people and indulged my inner-foodie on more than a few occasions. Some of the experiences: seeing Machu Picchu, bathed splendidly in the late afternoon light; mountain biking down Death Road; eating my way around Hong Kong; road tripping through Tuscany; and finding paradise in Thailand. Unforgettable.

We live in such a big, beautiful, diverse and incredible world. The last 4 years have only scratched the surface of what’s out there. The more that you travel, the more you want to travel. It’s a never ending cycle. To quote the late, great Anthony Bourdain (who sums this feeling up with more eloquence than I could ever manage):
 
“It seems that the more places I see and experience, the bigger I realise the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realise how relatively little I know of it, how many places I have still to go, how much more there is to learn. Maybe that’s enlightenment enough – to know that there is no final resting place of the mind, no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom, at least for me, means realising how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.”
When I’m not travelling, I work as a lawyer (don’t hate me, we aren’t all bad!). Now, if you work in law (or similar office environments) you might have experienced the feeling of having all the creativity sucked out of you. Now, whilst I do enjoy my job for the most part, the law by its very nature does not harbour creativity. In comparison, as a child, I loved being creative. Whether it be writing, drawing, painting, building lego or making up silly games with friends – imagination was king. I also had a curiosity about everything and would devour book after book. In my experience, at least, as we grow up we lose this spontaneity, this creativity, this hunger to learn.
 
In a bid to rekindle my creativity, I had toyed with the idea of starting a blog throughout 2017. At first, the thought was overwhelming: the sheer number of places to write about, getting to grips with WordPress, reading about SEO. I was also apprehensive. The idea of putting something which I’d created out there, for anybody to read. In late 2017, I had some downtime between jobs. Being my new and improved ‘say yes to things’ self, I leapt head first into the world of blogging.
This blog is somewhere for me to keep small records of experiences and memories. Little slices of nostalgia. Blogging has also helped me to rediscover my creative side. On top of this, if the blog manages to help just one person take that first plunge into the unknown or to help them plan a trip, that’d be great!
 
So that’s about everything. I only intended to write a couple of paragraphs, but seem to have ended up with the word count of War and Peace (minus the great writing!). Anyway, if you would you like to know more, have any questions, comments or fancy talking travel or blogging, then feel free to get in touch.
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