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I just held in my notice!!!

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Just wanted to share this with you all.
8 years ago, July 15th 2011 No: 1 Msg: #140289  
Hi All

I have just handed in my 4 week notice at work! I am very excited and but I am also starting to freak out!

Anyway I just wanted to share this with you all and say thanks for all the answers you have given me over the last 2 years. Reply to this

8 years ago, July 15th 2011 No: 2 Msg: #140304  
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Congrats Tina - exciting!!

Stepping out of your comfort zone (aka 'freaking out) can bring great rewards and far more satisfaction than not challenging yourself.

Don't forget us all while you're out there on the road :-) Reply to this

8 years ago, July 15th 2011 No: 3 Msg: #140318  
Hey Tina well done;-) We had to postpone our trip by a month we will do it next month ;-) What did they say??
Did they take it well??
Cheers,
Beata Reply to this

8 years ago, July 15th 2011 No: 4 Msg: #140326  
They already knew I was going to be doing it, so there was little surprise.

Shame you have had to delay your trip. I take you hadn't booked anything yet then? Reply to this

8 years ago, July 15th 2011 No: 5 Msg: #140328  
ow they did?? and they didnt mind you are going - wow great eployers;-) yeah we need one more month of savings ahha so we decided to push it a bit;-)
No, we have not booked anything as we will be doing first 6 months by land so not possible to book yet ;-)will be following your blog;-) Reply to this

8 years ago, July 16th 2011 No: 6 Msg: #140340  
Good job Tina.....and Rob,

I can still remember the elation we felt when we did that! There is a real sense of freedom and excitement. The time will go faster than you are expecting it to. Before long you will be sitting on that plane --- saying wow, we did it!

We can't wait to read the blogs and take a look at your photos.
What do you have mapped out? What is your itinerary? Can't wait to hear all the details.

Hope you can celebrate tonight.
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8 years ago, July 16th 2011 No: 7 Msg: #140360  
Congrats on handing in your notice...the excitement will start to build more and more! Although in my (Donna) case, the anxiety hit just as we stepped onto the plane to Rio. Seemed like I had spent so much time planning and packing up the house I hadn't really thought about how 'big' a decision it was!!

Enjoy your last few weeks in the UK and sleeping in the same bed, as Dave and Merry Jo say, time will fly and you'll soon be on the plane.

Yay for you guys...when do you leave? Reply to this

8 years ago, July 16th 2011 No: 8 Msg: #140368  
How exciting! It all starts here.... Reply to this

8 years ago, August 12th 2011 No: 9 Msg: #141825  
Hi Guys

Just wanted to say I finished work today!! very excited. They had a wee party for me and got me some gifts.

Its all hitting home now. Going out to celebrate tonight (using a Groupon). Booked the first Hostel in Rio for 3 nights, El Misti, Copacabana. My biggest worry at the moment is how to go about the next stage, when should I book tickets for the next town, as we will only be in Rio for 3 days, is this one of the first things we should do?

Anyway, I was going to start my blog today but I think its better I do the first one after our leaving party on 27th Aug.

Whoo Hoo!! Reply to this

8 years ago, August 12th 2011 No: 10 Msg: #141830  
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Hi Tina,

We're all excited for you too! :-)

I haven't been to Brazil, so someone else is probably going to be able to be more help, but if you need to make sure you get to the next town on that day, then booking tickets early is a good idea. If you have flexibility, then you can do it the day before or even just when you get to the station.

Safe travels! Reply to this

8 years ago, August 12th 2011 No: 11 Msg: #141832  
Excellent! We will be following you and can't wait to read your blogs. The joys of the road, the excitement, the unknowing, the adventure of it all. Reply to this

8 years ago, August 13th 2011 No: 12 Msg: #141840  

My biggest worry at the moment is how to go about the next stage, when should I book tickets for the next town, as we will only be in Rio for 3 days, is this one of the first things we should do?



If you are only in Rio for 3 days, then at some point during your first day book your onward ticket - your hostel will be able to direct you to wherever is best for booking or they may even be able to do it for you. That way you will be all sorted, won't be worrying about your onward travel and can relax and see the sights. Definitely try the caipirinhas from the beach front bars which open up at night on Copacabana beach.

So excited for you - we loved Rio, it's a fantastic city! Looking forward to reading about your experiences! Reply to this

8 years ago, August 30th 2011 No: 13 Msg: #142574  
Just wanted share as well, that we gave notice today ;-) what a feeling....scary at first but then very liberating;-) I was offered sabbatical with flexible time of 12-18 months so no pressure for me ;-) Love the company I work for!!! The ball is rolling then - leaving in 30 days;-)
Thank you all for all the help and support over the last year;-)
Beata Reply to this

8 years ago, August 30th 2011 No: 14 Msg: #142575  
I get excited all over again every time I hear about someone doing this as it was an amazing feeling for us. We were giddy as school kids.

Keep those blogs coming our way. We want to live vicariously through your adventures.

Where are you starting? What locations will you see for the first 3 months? Reply to this

8 years ago, August 30th 2011 No: 15 Msg: #142576  
I updated our page so the plan is listed there;-) first 3 months must be short home visit in Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Mongolia, China and Vietnam;-) I cannot believe we are actually doing it!!!
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8 years ago, August 31st 2011 No: 16 Msg: #142585  
Yes, I just went to your page and took a peak. Pure excitement!
Looking forward to your impressions of the world. Reply to this

7 years ago, October 2nd 2011 No: 17 Msg: #144354  
Hey guys

Just a wee update.We have been travelling for a month now so thought I would share our thoughts so far of the reality of things. It took us few weeks to get into and still can find it hard on some days. The want to crawl into my own bed or veg out on my couch can somtimes be overwhelming, we didn't expect this so it was hard.

We have found it difficult to get into the backpacker way and spent too much mnoey already, in fact we have spent double what we should have in the first month!

We could have brought more stuff, more of our own comfy clothes, like our jeans, We rarely carry our backpacks for long, just to and from the hostel. I also would have brought more luxuries such as proper shampoo (although this can be bought there) instead of traveller stuff. Maybe even a hairdryer,my hair is a mess all the time and it gets me down when I feel i always look terrible.

Can't do everything all of the time, so some days are sit around days to avoid spending money or simply because there is nothing to do. These can be very boring!! I brought a netbok with me and have made wifi a priority when booking a hostel, this may sound silly but things are alot easier this way and pass the time on the boring days.

We stopped washing our clothes in the sink very quickly, laundry service is about 3 pounds but so worth it.

So far, getting from one plce to the next is very easy, this was something I woried about before we strted and was relieved at ho easy it has been.

We have been writing our blogs and really enjoying it, if you fancy a read. And if you enjoy it, we would realy appreciate recommends and maybe make it to the front page 😱

Tina and Rob

xxx Reply to this

7 years ago, October 3rd 2011 No: 18 Msg: #144392  
Hi Tina and Rob,

we started our trip as well although so far we are visiting family in Poland so not the same travel mode as yet... How stressful leaving was I cannot even express hahha I hope happy days ahead will make it up ;-) I read all of your blogs Tina ;-) Was very curious how you are getting on so thanks for the update;-)

Enjoy the next 12 months;-)
Beata Reply to this

7 years ago, October 3rd 2011 No: 19 Msg: #144393  
Hi Tina and Rob,

I've been reading your blogs and enjoying them, especially as you're in places we've been and it brings back the amazing memories we have.

It is hard at first... I think it's hard to adjust from a life of routine, to one which at times can be pure chaos in the space of a few weeks. There's always things that we miss from home, but rest assured when you get back home, there's plenty you're going to miss from your life on the road.

As for the boring days? I lost count of the amount of times we sat in, watching films and crap TV series, because that's what I do at home and it's nice to switch off from time to time, you shouldn't be feeling guilty for it.

We stopped washing our clothes in the sink very quickly, laundry service is about 3 pounds but so worth it.



I find this hilarious... I only ever hand wash stuff if its new, I don't want everything turning green/red/pink/blue or if the boys have got particularly dirty, which happens a lot, then I'm at it with my laundry brush. It just isn't worth my time for the sake of a few quid. It smells better and is way cleaner. Although one time in India I did see our stuff being washed in this filthy river. Still, it came back smelling great, go figure. I love it when you get your laundry back and you've got 'extras'. I thought mine were bad but we've had some crazy worn pants of someones back in our bag....

We've been going 7 months now on this trip and our philosophy was, 'we'll keep going till we're broke or fed up'. We're definitely going to reach the fed up stage before we run out of money. Sounds stupid because British cuisine is hardly amazing but we miss the food, we found somewhere that did amazing shepherds pie (on Phu Quoc, an island in Vietnam of all places), and my boys couldn't eat it fast enough, something tells me they're sick of rice and noodles... 😊

Oh and I'll definitely hit Recommend, I think I subscribed but they're definitely front page material IMO... Keep it up, I'm woefully behind, 3 months and counting!!!

Safe travels,

Mike.
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7 years ago, October 3rd 2011 No: 20 Msg: #144421  
Hello Tina and Rob 😊

I hope your travels are fulfilling all your travel dreams, and I hope I get around to reading your blogs soon, so I can find out via them.

It is highly impressive that you just started travelling last month, and your blogs are already Featuring on the Front Page.Some people are travelling and blogging for years, before that happens, so not a success to be taken for granted. Congratulations! and keep blogging and chatting with us. 😊

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