So the past saturday I turned 29!! I know 29, only one year until I am 30, I simply cannot believe it. I find birthdays are a bit like New Years, you look back, reflect, celebrate all the things you have done and make note of the things you still want to do.
|That's me! With my little man, at Loch Ness, Scotland and having a pint in Prague|
It's also a great time to be grateful for all the wonderful people you have in your life, especially with it being such an up and down month with losing out on a house we really wanted, the car dying and seemly never going to be revived among other things This however does not dampen our lust for life and lots of exciting travel plans for next year (a mammoth road trip is in the works).
So far in my life I regret very little and I am glad about the life I have lived, having travelled to so many wonderful places and having had the chance to live in South Africa, France, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Cornwall and now Wales - I feel that spending long durations in other countries and other cultures has taught me a lot and has only reaffirmed my liberal and open minded thinking.
|Old man in Bratislava|
The biggest adventure of my life so far though has to be becoming a mother and starting a family, it's a trip filled with ups and downs but is always worth it and is really life changing and brings a love into your life you never had before, by far the most fantastic thing I have ever done.
The last big trip I did before having Mr A, started in 2007 and lasted for about 2.5 years, I left the UK with around £600 and by being travel savvy, couch surfing, sharing meals and working while travelling I managed to meet some amazing people and go to some beautiful places such as Zagreb, Bratislava, Prague, Vienna, Zurich, Venice, Budapest and Milan and name a few, as well as living in a remote West Coast village in Scotland (with only 300 inhabitants).
|A photo I took of a woman on a bench in Zagreb|
While I was living and working in the South of France, a fellow traveller and friend gave me his copy of Vagabonding - a great book about longterm travel and has some amazing tips, inspiration and truly one of the most useful and creative travel books I have read. I really wanted to do a giveaway for one of my readers to win the book (worth $15) and some ad space (worth $24). I am also running a 35% ad discount for the next two weeks as a b-day gift - the code is Birthday
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