Since I got home from our backpacking trip in August, I have been decidedly quiet on the blogging front. If I’m honest, I feel like I’ve been going a million miles an hour since landing back in the UK in August, and this site has been the furthest thing from my mind.
From the time that I walked through the arrivals hall in London Gatwick, it must have taken me a good three weeks to settle back into everyday life. I’d just had 7 months of no set routine, living out of a rucksack, and it wasn’t until night 6 at home that I realised ‘this is the longest that I’ve slept in the same bed since 2016’ – that takes some getting used to. I thought I would slip back into home life pretty easily, but instead found myself wandering around Tesco confused, dazed and very cold. Who said wearing a scarf in August wasn’t completely acceptable?
After a few weeks of catching up with friends and family, the job hunt began. I knew that I wanted to work in travel – it’s the only thing I’ve ever been passionate about and why would anyone want to do a job that they hate? However, while I’ve now been to quite a few backpacker destinations, I had absolutely no travel experience and this was a problem. I began applying to companies both locally and in London, spoke to as many people in the industry as possible and spent hours a day sending out applications and CVs. I was wholly expecting to be living with my parents for a year, so took up temp work in new build house sales, and started to try and save some money. What I didn’t know was that my dream job was just around the corner.
An innocent conversation at a family barbecue, turned into a job application, interview, job offer and an acceptance. Within two months back in the UK I managed to land a role as a Travel Specialist in a luxury travel company and before I knew it, was moving to London and throwing all (minimal) savings out of the window. Since the middle of November I have been on a whirlwind of moving to a new city, heading out to a destination with work that I never thought I would get to visit, and dealing with how draining a new position is both mentally and physically.
Right now I am feeling extremely grateful for where I am and how far I have come in the last 6 months. Before it happened, I couldn’t imagine my life and career in a long-term sense and there’s something both settling and scary about being able to say ‘this is it, this is me for a while’. I’m really looking forward to exploring London life, making new friends and hopefully seeing more of my new city!