Time for change
Welcome to my travel blog. If you’re here then the chances are you already know me but just in case you don’t, my name’s Tony. I’m sarcastic, cynical and usually open my mouth before thinking. Those are just some of my finer qualities!
It’s very easy to become stuck in a rut and that’s where I’ve found myself recently. I’ve spent the past 10 years working at a local college in the media department. It wasn’t the best paid job it gave me enough to pay the rent and continue making films on the side, something I enjoy doing but haven’t yet got to a place where filmmaking pays the bills.
This year I decided it was time to get out of that rut and make change, so I opted to take voluntary redundancy. The college needed to make cuts so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something different. A kind of ‘now or never’ situation.
I didn’t go on the traditional gap year and hadn’t been on a proper holiday since I backpacked around the USA in 1999. Then in February this year I was invited to Tenerife for 10 days and it made me realise that I wanted to travel some more.
What’s the plan?
Armed with a single ‘carry on’ backpack, my camera and a grammar book, I’m going on an adventure. I’ll be taking lots of photos, shooting videos, looking for interesting stories and blogging about my experiences.
I’m starting this blog primarily so my family and friends can keep in touch with me and check out where I am and what I’m doing. Hopefully I’ll some write something that will be of interest to other people as well.
Call it a midlife crisis if you will. I prefer to call it new opportunities, the chance to live another life and see where it takes me. I’m looking forward to meeting lots of different people from around the world and learning about their customs and culture.
I’ll be flying out to Budapest in Hungary to do some sightseeing for a week and will then study for a CELTA qualification. It’s an intensive course over 4 weeks, which will qualify me to teach English as a foreign language.
After the course, I’ll start my journey by travelling around the Balkans and then onto Turkey, Ukraine, Poland, Germany and Italy. When my redundancy money runs out, I’ll fund my travels by teaching English.
So yes, it’s time for change. It will either be the best or worst decision of my life but I definitely think it’s a risk worth taking.