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Published: February 15th 2008
Home Sweet Home
Well it has been a long time coming but finally Tony and I are ready (almost) to leave Scotland. We have left our jobs (hurrah!), moved out our flat, bought the gear, partied at our farewell fiesta and finally packed our rucksacks. All that is left is a few final farewells at Edinburgh airport.
The plan is to travel for a year, all going well we hope our route will be as follows: Brazil - Argentina - Bolivia - Peru- Ecuador-Chile-New Zealand-Fiji-Singapore-Malaysia-Thailand-Laos-Cambodia-Vietnam and finally home sweet home.
A wee bit background on why we are doing this: personally I have wanted to go on a big RTW trip ever since I was a lass, thanks to the many camping trips in Scotland and England with my Mum, Dad and brother, a love of 'roughing it' was instilled in me from a young age. I love nothing better than being off in the hills, or brewing up on my camping stove, so I really can't think of anything better than spending a year on the road, hopefully mostly outdoors, living out my bag. Also, from studying Spanish and learning about all things Latin American I have always
wanted to visit and experience life in Latin America. Thirdly, why not? It should be lots of fun and I get to spend a year not working, hanging out with Tony - ace!
Of course, as much as I am excited I am also a tiny wee bit scared, I will miss my family and friends so much, I wont be able to drink Irn Bru for a long time, no chilling on the sofa watching David Attenborough, no lunching out with my Mum and Aunties, no Scotland! But I think it will be worth it and it will all be here waiting for me when I get home.
2 sleeps to go! Decent. Tones says:
Indeed, my thoughts exactly... OK, so 2 sleeps to go... But it has been a long process getting from the magical idea in our heads to the reality of finally jetting off to Rio, so where did it all begin for me?
Almost every year throughout my childhood mum took my brother, sister and I travelling around Scotlands highlands and lowlands for weeks at a time. I think this gave me my initial love of travelling, the outdoors
and Scotland in general. Throughout my school and university years I was involved in various organisations which offered regular camping expeditions and outdoor experiences, nuturing the spirit of travel and adventure in me.
So for many years I have wanted to get away from it all, to experience the world at large, to see the amazing awe inspiring scenery and sights the world has to offer and to gain some inspiration and direction for my life. This idea has developed and evolved with Karen into the year we are about to embark on.
Talking about a trip is one thing, planning and organising it is another! The details are somewhat boring, but suffice to say it has been a very long and sometimes stressful year. There has been a lot to think about and consider over the months, but I think it has all been worth it, excitement levels are now peaking and we both really cant wait to get away!
Having said that, it will of course be very sad to leave behind many different aspects of our lives, family and friends being the most obvious. Tony and Karen say:
Last but not least we would like to say a huge thank you to all the friends and family who have supported us throughout the last year or so, without you it would not have been possible. So thank you all so much, we are eternally grateful. Cheers!
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