Last Friday night I stood in the kitchen, absentmindedly stirring the dinner, when Lee came in and told me to close my eyes. Hardened to his usual prankster antics I was hesitant to do so, but as he insisted, I relented and stood there uneasily waiting for something bad to happen. What happened next was definitely not bad.
Lee quietly got down on one knee, and with a smile in his voice, took my hand and uttered six magical little words…
“Will you go travelling with me?”
In his hand was a red plastic Flight Centre wallet.
Our RTW tickets!
Finally, after 18 months of hard work and dreaming, we are officially further bound.
We will bid a fond farewell to England on 30th September, and head off on the first leg of our beautiful adventure.
Our first stop is India, the country where we met, the land of colour and chaos, and our favourite place in the world. We are flying into Mumbai, where we will spend a few days visiting friends and enjoying this vibrant and bustling city. I have always thought of Mumbai as the Indian version of Miami, with is palm lined streets and coastal glamour mixed with raw grit. I love it there, and am really excited to go back.
The last time I was in Mumbai an Indian friend took me to visit a little temple where, legend has it, if you ring its bell you are forever destined to return to India’s shores. I swung the heavy rope of the bell with all my might and listened to India’s promise to me resonating throughout the temple walls. She has been calling me back ever since.
From Mumbai we will make our way down to Goa, where we plan to stay for three months. At the end of December I will be leaving Lee for a few weeks to meet up with two friends, Sarah and Kim, where we will embark on the adventure of a lifetime together (details to be revealed soon!).
Lee and I will then reunite in Kerala, where we will explore this beautiful part of India before making our way down to Sri Lanka. After this we will head over to Thailand, where we will begin the next leg of our travels through South East Asia.
Where next? Well who knows. We have booked return flights to come back to England after a year and visit family, but will head off again after a few weeks to continue our journey. Our plans will be minimal; to be happy, healthy and free. To follow our hearts and the wind, and to never stop chasing our dreams.
It sounds like a pretty great way to live.
Last Friday Lee gave me more than just a ticket. Inside that little red plastic wallet is the solid proof that dreams do come true… proof that, if you are prepared to work hard, make sacrifices and have unwavering belief in yourself, anything is possible.
Oh, and our wallet even had room for luggage tags. Now that’s just icing on the cake.
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