I'm originally from London, England, and left everything to go travelling in October 2006, with just a one way ticket taking me to India, Singapore, Bangkok and Sydney. The rest was up to me and left largely unplanned, purposely - I wanted my travelling to take me rather than me controlling it. I had no idea how long I was going to be away for, or when, or if, I'd be back.
In the end I travelled for 15 months, spending the first 6 months travelling all around India, a long-time dream of mine, then on to Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand again, Australia, New Zealand, and Australia again for the last couple of months.
You can read all about it in my blogs which are - just to warn you 😉 - very long, and anecdotal as well as travel-tips oriented. I hope you find something useful - and maybe entertaining - in them.
I started writing a book based on my travels, while I was still away, in Australia, and finished it when I came back. Now I'm trying to get it published. I used bits of my blogs in certain parts of the book. I always wanted to write but had never written anything substantial. I think having the experience of travelling, and an instant framework for a 'story', plus writing my travelblog, was inspirational enough to get me writing properly. I'm now also running my own business as a copyeditor/proofreader at www.copyeditingproofreading.co.uk