I gave my blog this name for varying reasons.
“Life isn’t just a holiday” was what my Nan used to say to me every time I daydreamed about being away, blowing money I didn’t have on holidays. And I used to think that was true. That we had to get everything into “perspective”, work up that career ladder, earn more money to get a nicer car and a bigger mortgage.
But travelling, living and working abroad has opened my eyes and I interpret the phrase differently now… Life isn’t just working and saving for that two-week holiday once a year. You’ve got to SEE the world, experience it, be part of it… It’s important. There’s more to do than lie around a pool all day, or frazzle yourself silly on the beach. There’s more to the world than a hotel restaurant and a strip of bars.
Many people have emphasized to me, the importance of a “real” job. But why would I want to spend every day in an office, working myself into a frenzy just to earn money for someone else who’ll never even know my name? Why would I want to spend my days staring at a computer screen for 8 hours a day, when I could be exploring the world? There are so many ways to easily earn money while travelling. Why live for the weekends, when you could be out there, living life – meeting new people, tasting new foods, experiencing different climates, setting yourself challenges, learning new languages.
You have your whole life to work.
LIFE ISN’T JUST A HOLIDAY!
After graduating within textiles from The University of Manchester, I questioned my career path and what I wanted out of life. A few months later I found myself teaching English in Vietnam and though I only meant to stay for 3 months, I was still there a year and a half down the line.
With some great travelling experiences behind me, I have to admit that after spending two years in Asia, returning to England, signing onto the dole and interning for free, has made me a bit down in the dumps. I intend to spend some time in China after New Year, my current focus on spending Christmas with my family. In the mean time, I’ve decided to take my mind off my negativity by channeling my energy into writing about some of my experiences in.
This blog originally only intended to be a personal diary for myself and family, but I’m doing a bit of back-tracking, so bear with me. Excuse any poor writing/bullet points in many of my blogs, as most of them were written late at night, on a bus or train but I will get round to editing everything at some point.
I’ll get there