Archive for July, 2010


Our time is running out

So, it’s been a few weeks since my last update. In all fairness the majority of people who read this will probably know pretty much where I am with my ‘plans’ at present. Let’s be honest, the whole point of this page is for when i’m away from home; not for when i’m slightly restless on my sofa, supping a third Savanna dry cider after a terrible round of golf.

For those that aren’t aware, here is the current status –

1 – I’ve now spent into four figures on my flights. This includes a bargain Emirates flight from Gatwick-Bangkok on October 3rd and a return with the same carrier on April 6th from Delhi-Heathrow. I’ve also booked my flights for the Australian leg of the trip, which of course coincides with the Ashes.

2 – Ashes tickets are in the hands of my mate, Roberto, who is currently working in Australia. He is the man as far as I am concerned for getting me and Union Dave tickets for the series down under.

3 – My itinerary from October to January is pretty much decided. Ten days in Southern Thailand, onto Cambodia with Fred, my brother in law for a further ten days before taking a flight back to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. From here it will be a quick jaunt up the west coast of Malaysia before a hop over to the Malaysian part of Borneo. After kicking round here for an undecided period of time it will be back to Singapore where I will meet up with Basingstoke Pat. A cheeky ferry ride over to Indonesia will eventually see us end up in Bali for a flight to Brisbane on the 23rd November.

4 – If anyone has any idea of cheap digs in Sydney over the New Year period, give me a shout. I’m good at this tour operator role after sorting out 5 or 6 cricket trips in the past, but Sydney has left me stumped. £35 a night for a bed in an 8 bed dorm – er, no thanks. I’ll take my chances on pulling a local Aussie girl for the 9 nights I plan to be there!

Apart from that, other news includes me ignoring the need to start saving some beer token money (those in Barnsley for the womans ODI the other week will know the feeling of open wallet surgery) plus the time ticking by before the need to put flat contents in storage and the switch over of direct debits…..I know, this packing your bags and quitting your job (for 6 months) isn’t all excitement and dreams of far flung destinations.

In the mean time, the Savanna is running low and I need to go to bed.

Time is running out before take off and I can’t wait…..


putting my life on hold

Since my ‘sabbatical’ became public knowledge i’ve had several standard reactions. Words such as ‘crazy’, ‘lucky’, ‘barmy’ and ‘trip of a lifetime’ have all been directed to describe my actions. However, the most used adjective i’ve had thrown at me so far seems to be ‘brave’.

This has got me thinking, why is what i’m doing being considered ‘brave’?

Is it brave chucking your job in (allbeit only for six and half months)? Is it brave giving up your comfortable one bed flat that has become a ‘home’  since early 2007? Is it brave spending a mortgage down payment on what is basically a six and a half month jolly up? Is it brave visiting new places surrounding yourself with people of different races and religions? Is it brave going away knowing you are coming home to no place to live?

The answer to all of the above, in my opinion is no. It’s nothing more than a lifestyle change.

The most intriguing comment I have heard so far came from a girl (who will remain nameless) that I met last year in a Headingly boozer. On one of our recent catch ups, naturally I mentioned that I was going away, giving up work temporarily, only to return to the same town and the same job when my travels were over. I didn’t get the usual reactions as quoted above. When told of my plans, she paused briefly before answering, ‘Wow, it’s like you are putting your life on hold’.

I loved this analogy.

For a period of my time on this earth I am ‘Putting my life on hold’.

No more Monday-Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm working day. No more working to earn enough cash to pay the bills and save enough up for an annual cricket tour. No more food shopping or going home to cook dinner. No more drinking with the same people in the same watering holes at the weekends. No more winter weather (sorry had to get that in)

Life as I have known it will stop for a period of time, at least without me being part of it.

So, what will I be doing I hear you ask? Well, that bit is open for flexibilty.

What I do know is that i’ll be flying out in early October to Bangkok, spending a few days in Thailand before joining my Cambodian tour guide (my brother in law, Fred) for ten days in and around Phnom Penh. From there I will have around four weeks to travel overland South East Asia eventually arriving in Brisbane prior to the Ashes starting on November 25th.

After seven weeks top class test cricket across Australia (hopefully culminating in retaining that little urn down under) I plan to fly back to SE Asia, taking in as much as I possibly can in another six week period. From there it will be a third visit to India for the Cricket World Cup. I hope to have the funds left for Bangladesh for the game up there before the potential of a visit to my beloved Sri Lanka for the Quater Finals. If England reach the final in Mumbai on 2nd April then I will be a very haappy bunny before I return home sometime in days after this date.

Not a bad way to put a life on hold.

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