How a girls getaway changed my ambitions

Hi. Following on from my recent blog post, I have decided to write about the main desire behind my want for a flexible career. So I’m sitting on the sofa with ‘Devil wears Prada’ ready to play and thought… what better time than the present?

I love travelling. Now bare with me, I know I’m only 21 but in my two decades on this earth, I have only met a handful of people who would say otherwise. This isn’t exactly a surprising statement. I’m pretty sure that almost everyone will agree with me. Don’t get me wrong though, I also very much dislike ‘travelling’. Anyone who has ever flown with me will know that I am definitely not going to be a pilot in my lifetime. During take off and landing, I am the person who sits holding hands with the traveller next to me, only slightly relaxing when I feel that we are not pointing upwards anymore but are level again, and only fully relaxing when the plane has parked in our new destination. However, I will gladly sit through this if it means that I get to explore a new part of the world, no matter how long we’re there for. It’s the same reason that I’ve set the New York skyline as my header picture despite never having been. I don’t think I could spend any more of my life working all year round just to annually save up for a 2 week holiday in the summer. That life is not for me.

Last year, I was lucky enough to go on multiple breaks away with a few of my closest girlfriends. Don’t think that means I’m anywhere close to being rich, it was my life-saving overdraft that managed to help me fund these trips. Spontaneously (very unlike us, normally we struggle to find an evening where we’re all free) we booked 4 nights away in Prague in the February. Now, I love a family holiday in Cornwall, I’m not bothered about where we go as long as it’s somewhere new for me (and it being relatively cheap helps). Yet, this was one of my best trips away so far. I think there’s something very relaxing about being in a small group in a foreign country, where you know nobody that makes you feel slightly vulnerable but also very much alive. I lost count of how many times we had to stop walking because we were laughing so much. Looking back now, I think this was the main building block that helped me to decide to look for change.

This isn’t a travelling piece, (although, I may do one of those) I suppose it’s along the lines of a motivational piece for myself more than anyone else. If others can make a living for themselves that lets them do all of the things that they enjoy then why can’t I? “If you can dream it, you can do it” – Walt Disney. (Never too old for Disney).

Again, if anyone has any tips then please let me know. If you enjoyed this, feel free to send me a message. :).

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