Many of you will have travelled with me for the last one year, albeit not continuously. In fact, its because of your continued, deeply-appreciated support that I feel I should be
completely upfront with you so when I say this month of May will be my last month of travel, I very sadly mean it :-(
In honesty, the majority of the reasons are out of my control as you'll soon read and so there's a number of choice words for how I'm feeling but for diplomacy, be assured at the very least that this article is served with a full dollop of sadness.
If I look back to the start of this year, my own personal target was realistically half of a full year which would have taken my up to July. Whilst I should (and do) feel privileged to have achieved four of these six month, there's no escaping the fact that I'm loosing out on a full two months of enjoyment and travel-education and that's hard to accept.
Still, enough with the introduction, here are my reasons for returning earlier than I would ideally like to:
1) Through the necessity that has been employment over these last 20 years, like many of you I am fortunate enough to be blessed with not living on the streets and neither do not live (and sponge off) my parents. That puts me somewhere in the middle accommodation wise meaning I have rented out what I have whilst I've been away. The 'lodger', as she is called these days and who will chuckle at that, has given me her notice meaning she is moving out and boy, is she moving out in style! (Um, she's been accepted to work on a top of the line cruise ship and her departure date is in the next couple of weeks!). Whilst that's beyond amazing and I'm genuinely thrilled for her but that comes at a price for me. Thus, this is my primary reason for returning home folks. The bills won't pay themselves and certainly last time I checked, the cat hasn't learnt to feed herself!
2) My parents have always been incredibly hard working people; it's little or no coincidence that I started working and earning money at such a young age those many,
many years ago. Hard working people deserve a holiday and my folks are no exception to the rule. They have been unable to get away this year so far which is already a
long time for semi-retired people who enjoy vacations! One of their main reasons of having remained in the UK is finding someone not random to a) house sit and b) cat
sit! Their little feline princess is the apple of their eye (and probably more than the kids lol) so this is a really big deal for them and I understand that.
Semi-living at their home whilst they are away gives them the piece of mind they seek and so it's pretty much confirmed that When I return, only then will they go on their holiday. Bon voyage Ma and Pa.
3) Lastly but my no means least, timing could not be better for what I'm about to show you. In fact, I'm suddenly really quite thankful that I have been forced to cut my trip short due to the two worthy reasons stated previously. What follows then is certainly not 'worthy' and so just I want you to imagine reading what I read only yesterday from my bank but read it under different circumstances. Read the text as if this was just another day for and therefore as if I had no reason to come home early.
As you'll see, I've highlighted the one, killer line.
Wow, huh. To re-iterate, this is all really quite fresh as you'll see from the date stamp meaning this is affecting me right now!!! Yes, I have a back-up credit card but this doesn't help when I need cash! In fact, you've almost gotta laugh at the irony of this. I choose a specialist card company for transactions abroad only for something as trivial as a pin lock out for them to say I need to come back to the UK to reset it. I'd be using far stronger words right now if there was not light at the end of this short tunnel. I mean seriously WTF...
Needless to say with all the above, I've had to adapt, improvise and overcome a variety of circumstances. That said, my mindset is slightly different now some weeks later after hearing the news from my lodger. These past couple of weeks have eased the thought but not the reality lol, of returning home with a fresh mind. Still, when I return I at least get my home back and so that's pretty exciting too. Being home will allow me to re-evaluate a lot of things and perhaps enable me to work out what I wanna do now in life of which I can honestly tell you, I have no blasted idea!
One thing's for sure though folks, job satisfaction and happiness must come first. Need to find me a good woman too, right. You can appreciate that I've come to far and seen and felt too much to want to go back to my work life of before. This wasn't (and hasn't) been an extended holiday for me which is why I seldom ever portrait it as that. That said, I'm not a fool and so if after a period of time elapses and I still haven't found what I'm looking for, I'll again need to re-evaluate things professionally.
Back to travel. I guess there's one small silver lining knowing my time is to be cut short...the budget. As in, sod the budget, I think we deserve to go out in some style, don't you folks? :--)
As such, there's surely only one country and two cities that's gonna fit that requirement and I know you know it so comon, don't be shy...