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I just couldn’t settle

I’ve been wandering for a while now, moving from place to place, traveling, exploring and seeing as much as I can of the world.

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In my 20’s that meant backpacking on a tight budget, with just a well-thumbed Lonely Planet guide clutched in my hand and a huge smile on my face. I was lucky enough to backpack in India, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Costa Rico, Belize, Cuba, Nicaragua, Mexico, USA, Fiji, New Zealand, Cook Islands & Australia.

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Nicaragua 2009

I worked for a few months in between each trip, just to get enough cash to plan the next adventure. I have lived and worked in Cyprus, Greece, Holland, France, Australia & Scotland.

I didn’t spend more than 2-3 months a year in my “home” country of England. My friends thought I was crazy, my family thought it was just a phase but everyone supported me and understood that it was something that I needed to do.

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Australia 2011

When I hit 30 I got sucked into a life living in London. It was great, I love London. It’s an exciting, vibrant city to live in. But even there my itchy feet had me moving to 3 different apartments in 4 years. I just couldn’t settle.

I didn’t do this alone, fortunately my boyfriend Brad (you’ve probably noticed him already) has been with me every step of the way. He too had this niggling feeling that we really should find a more permanent place to live. But where? When we are always longing to get away and visit somewhere new.

We decided to focus on taking awesome holidays around Europe while living in London. Gone were the battered old backpacks and Lonely Planet guides. We had the internet now to research, plan and organise every detail of our trips. We visited Croatia, Portugal, Spain, Hungary, Germany, Italy and Ireland.

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Croatia 2015

This is how we fell in love with Spain. We found ourselves wanting to go back to Spain every holiday, to see a new city or search for a new beach. The sun, the people, the food, the culture. It was everything we had been looking for. Both of us had holidayed in Spain as children, so maybe it was because of the fond memories but honestly, this place just felt right.

An opportunity came up to move to Madrid early in 2017 and we jumped at it. It was time to leave London behind. After 13 years of traveling I’m ready to put that backpack into storage but not ready to give up having fun. I feel like it’s time to grow up but why does that have to be boring?

So, we packed up our London life and flew to Madrid and began Seeking the Spanish Sun.

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6 thoughts on “I just couldn’t settle”

    1. Thank you so much! Most of us have jobs or commitments that stop us from traveling full-time but you’re absolutely right!… making the most of the free time you do have to travel & explore somewhere new is so important! I hope I’ll give you a little bit of inspiration for a future vacation 😊

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