My travel story and why I started Seeking the Spanish Sun blog
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.
During my travels I realised that I just couldn’t settle.
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
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.
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.
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… follow our adventures to find out more!
My travel and working overseas timeline
2004: 1 month sabbatical traveling Cyprus and Egypt (where I got the travel bug)
2005: Summer working in Cyprus and winter back home
2006: Summer working in Mykonos, Greece and winter backpacking India and South East Asia
2007: Summer working in Mykonos, Greece and winter backpacking Australia
2008: Summer back home and winter working in Morzine, France
2009: Summer working in Amsterdam and winter backpacking Cuba and Central America
2010: Summer working in Amsterdam and winter working in Melbourne, Australia
2011: Summer working in Sydney, Australia and winter back home
2012: Summer working in Scotland and winter back home
2013 – 2016: Living and working in London with trips to Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Hungary and Croatia
2017 – Now: Living, working and exploring Spain
Update April 2018
So, we’ve been in Madrid for over a year now and we really love living here. We’ve settled into work, got familiar with the city, learnt some Spanish and most importantly have taken this opportunity to explore Spain and visit some amazing places.
To see where we have travelled in Spain (so far) and read our tips and guides check out the Spain Guides section. Highlights for me have been the beaches in Fuerteventura, wandering around the Costa Tropical, eating free tapas in Granada and learning about this amazing country.
With every place we research and explore, we are one step closer to our dream of buying a house in Spain and living here permanently.
If you too want to travel more or maybe move to Spain take a look at our Travel Advice section.