I woke up down under.
I sure did. I decided to go to Australia and New Zealand. Quite last minute…I only booked it 10 days before I flew. Although I had been thinking about it for a few months. So, I hadn't been thinking about it, I'll confess. I'd been procrastinating. The seed had been planted in August 2014 when friends mentioned their float in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade. Once in a lifetime eh? So after many sleepless nights I finally made the decision. And of course the ultimate realisation…why didn't I do this a long time ago?
Travel and opening our minds and lives to places, people and cultures around the world can only benefit us. The world is a small place and we can all still be in contact with each other at the touch of a button.
That's when I woke up.
Work doesn't have to mean we're confined to a desk, an office space, the daily commute and the repetitive routines that we all do. Some of us have to, some of us enjoy it, but for the wanderlust types, it means we can take advantage.
I didn't abandon my clients, projects or any work whilst I jumped on a plane to the other side of the world. I still updated their social media, worked on new/existing projects for them and kept in contact with them. They're the best type of clients anyone would want to have (that's why I work for myself these days) and I could never escape from them. Not even at the other side of the world and an 13 hour time difference. Which of course, worked in my favour.
Working whilst exploring amazing places like Byron Bay, Sydney, Perth and New Zealand meant I had the best of both worlds. Especially when I was sat on the beach phoning home to the UK where it was cold, wet and miserable.
Don't hate me.