Just because you’ve done something the same way for a period of time doesn’t mean you should carry on that way. Things should be checked on a regular basis. What am I doing? Why am I doing it? When will I see the benefit or a pay-off for all the hard work?
These were questions I was pondering in 2015 at age 38. I realised that my life was being strangled by work. However, because I quite enjoyed the three (yes, three) jobs that I did, it took me a long time to notice the situation I was in.
Strolling along Santa Monica beach following an incredible weekend with good pals in Las Vegas, nursing some serious post-Vegas blues, I was hit by the revelation that travelling* was something that I really enjoyed. I resolved that day to try to find a way to do more of it.
I wrote stuff down. Just some top level thoughts on where i’d like to go. What i’d like to do.
Those notes on a tiny scrap of paper made it all the way home with me and were placed on my desk, right next to my keyboard. I saw them every day. As time went by I expanded them with some actual concrete ideas and plans. Momentum was gaining.
A few months later I investigated the concept of taking a career break from the Fire Service and as time went by it was getting ever harder to find a reason not to embark on this huge life changing experience.
#TUNNOCKSWORLDTOUR took to the skies on the 27th July 2016 and it was an unbelievable 12 months full of adventures and experiences of all different kinds. Having returned to the UK i’m now trying to figure out a way to get #TUNNOCKSWORLDTOUR back on the road again. Permanently.
I’m here to talk about the interesting places I visited, tell stories from the road and hopefully provide useful information for anyone who has got that wanderlust burning.
* I am fully aware that a weekend in Vegas isn’t the best example of ‘travelling’, however, it’s unsurpassed at bouncing you out of everyday life and sparking different thought pathways. As Hunter S. Thompson said: “A little bit of this town goes a very long way.”