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My Moment Of Reflection – Travelling Is The Way Forward

I’m lying in my bottom bunk of the Billabong hostel in Perth having missed my shift at work due to my alarm not going off. The stress of knowing you have let someone down is not nice and it has brought back memories from when I was working my 7-3 job back in England. It has further enforced my belief that life is just too short to work a job where your heart isn’t 100 percent in it. Why do so many people work the 40 hour week when they have no commitments and are young and free? Why did I work all those years only to have a little bit of money to show and a handful of vague memories of the good times which took part in the hours when I wasn’t working?

It is becomingly increasingly clear to me during my travels that this is something I want to do for more than a few years and instead document my life in the form of this blog the way I am living it. I want to be the guy that has loads of stories to tell which people are genuinely interested in hearing about and I want to be the guy who has hard images in the form of photos and videos to allow me to reflect back on the times which I have shared on my own or with others whilst travelling. Already I have met a wealth of great people with like-minded interests and the memories and photos even just from the last 4 months have overtaken the ones which have formed many years of my life back in the UK. Money doesn’t interest me and I’m a huge believer in only having enough to do all the things I want to do. When you’re travelling you immediately eliminate the mortgage repayments, phone contracts, utility bills, council tax, weekly shop and any membership fees so in actual fact you are better off and instead only have to feed and house yourself. The only difference is I don’t have the house for my neighbours to admire or the latest car but what I do have is my health, no stress and the freedom to do whatever I want whenever I like.

The view of the beach in Koh Phi Phi
The view of the beach in Koh Phi Phi

I or anyone from a privileged country is in the fortunate position where you can quite easily jump on a plane and just jet set off at the click of a mouse so I struggle to ask myself why then is it that the people with no commitments struggle to do this even when they say they want to. People talk about how shit their job is and in some cases live with an underlying anxiety of whether their job is safe enough and will it fund all those creature comforts which they have accumulated. I was this person last year and travelling allowed me to slowly offload all of these possessions (there wasn’t as many as most other people though) and just take myself down to clothes in a bag and a laptop.

The reason for this little blog post was more to help me realise how quickly I forgot the stresses of my previous UK job life and emphasise how lucky I am to be in the position which I’m currently in…this for the record is staying in a hostel in Perth, Australia with four days to go until I’m in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The randomness of it all is the thrill I love and will continue to seek it for years to come.

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Travelling with my best mate Scotty,also on this site, since 6 June 2012 with the intention of having fun and experiencing life to the fullest. Follow my adventures and give me some abuse and advice. Laters party people ;-)

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