Two drifters off to see the world
There’s such a lot of world to see
– Moon River (Frank Sinatra)
Sometimes quoting a Sinatra classic is the only way to begin a blog post.
For months now, we’ve been planning something crazy. Something so crazy it practically has us bursting with excitement. There’s no other way to say it, so I’ll plunge headlong into this.
We’ve quit our jobs to travel the world. Yep, a couple of months back, we handed in our resignation letters at work. Come next month, our lives are going to change. We’re bidding goodbye to every last security net- job, house, gym membership (boo!) – to go and see the world, ALL of it 🙂
For a while now, we’ve felt constrained by time lines – 15 or 25 days isn’t ever enough to explore a country or acquaint oneself with a new culture. Almost always, we want to linger in new places but regular jobs don’t allow that luxury. Countless times, we’ve found ourselves boarding return flights just when we’d started making friends and getting used to the quirks of a new culture. So we did what we do best – defied convention and followed our hearts.
We call this our staggered retirement plan – we’ve been working hard, earning, and saving for over 10 years now. The time has come to put those savings to good use. For most people, those savings go straight to the mighty pension fund. But who knows where (or how) we will be at 65! So we want to enjoy the fruits of our labour while we still can 🙂
This isn’t to say we won’t be working on the road, because we will. We will be working full time on Bruised Passports. Vid also has some exciting photography projects up his sleeve. I love writing and will continue to work on projects that make my heart sing. But it’s goodbye to structured corporate jobs for now.
Given that both of us are struck by incurable wanderlust, there will be lots of new places. There will also be crazy once-in-a-lifetime experiences, helicopter rides, memorable hotels, and Michelin-star eateries along the way.
But this journey isn’t about plush eateries or new countries – it’s about meeting new people, garnering tens of thousands of experiences, and living every moment, saturated with colour and happiness. It’s about celebrating the little things – vintage kimonos, crazy road trips, little-known poetry, good vibes and perhaps, most importantly, freedom 🙂
Of course the highlight of this entire plan is not to have a plan. We want to drift from one country to another, spend as long as we want in a new city without having to worry about itineraries, ticking things off a checklist, or boarding a flight back home.
Having said that, we do have a rough itinerary in mind for the next year or so. Come July, we’ll be flying to South America. If you’ve been reading Bruised Passports since the very beginning, you would know that living in South America has been a bit of a dream for us. So that’s what we will be doing! We’ll be living in Peru for over a month – exploring Peruvian vineyards, flying over the Nazca lines, uncovering the secrets of the Incan empire, fawning over panoramas at Lake Titicaca, staying in a tiny Peruvian village, and so much more. From there, we’ll head to the remote salt flats of Bolivia. Then we’ll fly to Ecuador and explore the stunning Galapagos Islands.
After South America, we’ll fly to India to smother friends and family with hugs and sloppy kisses (aye, so classy!). I’ll be teaching underprivileged kids at a local school (spending time with little madcaps will always be my first love!) and we’ll be attending a couple of crazy bohemian festivals before going on a long-winded road trip in India.
Come December, we’ll fly to Australia and spend the next 3-4 months exploring Australia, New Zealand, and the islands of the South Pacific (Fiji tops that list but let’s see where we end up!). Most of 2016 will be spent in South East Asia – we want to rent a beach hut for a few months in Bali, learn deep-sea diving in Thailand, and explore the islands of the Philippines.
Of course, this isn’t set in stone – so if you have any suggestions or you know of a place we should explore, leave us a comment below 🙂
For the next couple of years it’s books, golden fields, tropical getaways, road trips, hidden woods, skinny dips, and music with a generous helping of gypsy prints, tie-dye, opulent colours, tribal bits and turquoise bobs on Bruised Passports. We are excited, apprehensive, scared, and ecstatic – all at once!
Our round-the-world trip starts on 8 July. We don’t want to put an end date down just yet! Who knows whether we’ll love travelling full time or not (only time will tell but we’d never know if we never tried, right ?) 🙂 ! Our li’l adventure might end in 2 years or 5. Either way, for the next couple of years, we’re just 2 kids on the run…. 🙂
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