As the story usually goes…. 20-something, packs job in, sells everything, travels the world, blogs about it from a beach somewhere, discovers life affirmation.
That’s not me.
I’m a 30-something banker. I live in London, with my husband and two cats. I have great friends. I drink too much and I work too hard.
I love to travel (sometimes solo), cycle, and snowboard. I love to scuba dive. Especially in warm places, but I am often stupid enough to dive in the UK. Which for foreign visitors to my blog, is not warm.
And I am not leaving my job to travel the world.
I left my first marriage around 2007, and although I did have some rather pleasant holidays pre-divorce, I always had a desire to visit Egypt. For some reason, I always wanted to see the pyramids. Far too many hours watching the Discovery channel built a longing in me to see the majestic and ancient wonders…. The first thing on my bucket list, so to speak. I really really really wanted to experience the Pyramids.
My ex at the time, preferred not to go to Egypt. We spent a lot of time in Orlando instead. Occasionally the Caribbean. Vegas, twice. But often Orlando.
Now, I like Florida. Don’t get me wrong. But not for five years running.
My marriage ended. I decided to go to Egypt.
I went to Dahab on the Red Sea and became an advanced Padi scuba diver. Then I went to Cairo. And I went inside the Great Pyramid.
I had my life-affirmation moment.
And in the airport on the way home, I received a text confirming my divorce, and I decided that this would be the beginning of going everywhere I’d ever wanted to go, see or experience.
So I’ve dived with hundreds of sharks. I’ve played with dolphins. I’ve seen lions in the Serengeti on Christmas day. I’ve snorkelled with Humpback Whales and trekked the Sumatran rainforest. And I have a thousand things on the “still-to-do” list.
Life’s too short to go to Florida five years running.