Back in Business

In September 2010, I set off on a trip around the globe with two of my best mates that, for want of a better phrase, ultimately changed the direction of my life.

Now, around 5 and a half years later, I’ve decided to cut my life down to a backpack and do it all over again.

The first time around, the conclusion of the trip in Rio de Janeiro turned out to be the beginning of completely new journeys – not only for myself but also for Phil and for Jimmy.

Clearly a year away from home ignited something within the three of us and once we touched down in Manchester we were all planning our next moves. I, of course, made my way back out to Australia, spending the next four years living and working in Sydney meeting some amazing people and going on some incredible adventures along the way.

On Phil’s part, after a year back home teaching, found his way out to Lima, Peru where he’s been ever since. Jimmy meanwhile spent a couple of years in Colombia yet now calls Shanghai his home.

I said it the first time round and I’ll say it again, its all a far cry from Bradshawgate, Nelsons Square and all that we once called home.

That need to continue to explore hasn’t gone away, which brings me to the latest challenge/opportunity to scare myself.

South and Central America await. Countries that I’ve never been to before and a couple that I’ll rediscover with likely a brand new attitude and in a completely different way.

A mainstay of my time in Australia, a guy I’m proud to call one of my best friends and a southerner(!), Chris, will be at my side for the most part as we tackle the likes of Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize and Colombia.

(At this point we’re both brimming with excitement, the planning of a trip of this magnitude being a large part of the enjoyment).

But first, I go back to a place that I have been waiting to revisit since we left 5 years ago, Peru.

To make it all the more sweet, I’ll be spending a good portion of my time with Phil. After spending a year with him, we’ve shared precious little time together, limited to a quick pub trip when we were both in England and a sporadic Skype call as we negotiated one of the most frustrating time differences possible.

To say I’m eager to catch up properly would be a huge understatement.

In the past two weeks I’ve spent precious time with family and friends back in the UK and said my goodbyes to them as well as the incredible friends I made in Sydney. Knowing I have the backing and support of each and every one of them gives me a comfort that I find hard to express in words.

The goodbyes never get any easier, but truth be told, I’m ready for this trip to begin in earnest. I’m as prepared as I could ever be.

So without further hesitation, the travel blog is officially back in business and I’ll be posting as and when there’s a story to be told.

First stop, Lima.