Joined this week, I guess I better introduce myself…
what’s your name?
where are you from?
Essex, England (or as everyone from Essex says whilst travelling, ‘Just outside of London’)
how long have you been away from home?
9 and a half years, first decade quickly approaching!
what do you do?
This has changed a lot during my travels. For the first 4 years I was a Game Master for World of Warcraft (very geeky), which allowed me to live in Paris and then Ireland due ot their office locations.
After catching the travel bug there, I was made redundant and used the money to move to Gibraltar. Terrible mistake.
Then, I knew I had to find work that allowed me to travel so I started working as a manager in Travel for TUI (the worlds largest travel company - Europe based). I was responsible for managing staff, service and sales in destination so would typically live in a country for 6 to 12 months before being sent straight to the next place. This role allowed me to live in Mallorca (twice), Egypt (twice - all major resorts), Costa Rica, Thailand (with Vietnam working visits), Croatia, Finland, Cyprus… and I’m sure I’m missing somewhere.
where are you currently?
A few months ago I quit that job to become a freelancing nomad. Currently in Kyrgyzstan as it’s an incredibly low cost of living tax laws are favourable; I’ve been laying low here whilst settling in to my freelance contracts so that I know the money will roll in reliably before I hit the road.
where are you going?
In 6 weeks I will move to Budapest and then have a bit of ‘east meets west’ Europe route mapped out until January. In January I hope to head to India and stay there for 9 months to a year, then move down through South East Asia, arriving in Thailand before Songkran 2020. That’s the loose plan but… we know how plans go.
what has been memorable for you so far?
Oh my god. Hanging over the edge of a volcano in Nicaragua? Playing pingpong with the ladyboys of Phuket (haha)? Over 100 dives and becoming a DiveMaster whilst in Egypt, or hot air-ballooning over the Valley of the Kings? Too many memories to list.
will you go home anytime soon?
How is where the heart is; and my heart is on the move.
what have you learnt during your time as a nomad?
People are ultimately far more alike than you think.