Hey, I’m Becki, a thirty-something-year-old Bristolian who escaped the rat-race about 6 years ago in search of a more exciting and fulfilling lifestyle.
50+ countries later and with a head full of amazing adventures Meet Me In Departures was born.
Travel was something I always wanted to do but had always got ‘shelved’; my 20s was a continuous string of College, University, work, back to Uni to do a PostGad and blah, blah, blah…
Having both time and money was never really something I had the ‘luxury’ of until I hit my 30’s!
My 20-somethings had vanished and although I’d had success on the education, qualification and job front, as well as finally having a taste of financial freedom something was missing.
I was gradually getting itchy feet and was eager to escape the rat-race.
I finally bit the bullet after a trip to Kenya one summer and decided that I wanted to do more travel on my terms; not being restricted to limited holidays, so I handed in my notice, that was that and I’ve never looked back!
December 2013 was when I left that life behind, I well and truly got bitten by the wanderlust bug.
Three random facts about me
1. I am obsessed with dinosaurs, a total and utter dino geek, so much so that I take a little dinosaur travelling with me and photograph it in front of landmarks.
2. I’ve been a vegetarian since 2002 so naturally, I’m always on the lookout for top places to get cheap and tasty local veggie nosh whilst travelling.
3. I’m also a qualified dance teacher. Here’s a funny story for you; after contacting a dance club whilst travelling in Kuala Lumpur to see if I could attend a class, the actual teacher called in sick and I ended up cover teaching the dance class instead!
With age comes wisdom.....as well as a bit more money in the bank to fund it!
The majority of people I meet on my travels are typically between 18-25ish so setting off on worldwide adventures as a thirty-something is certainly outside of the norm.
However, travelling with a bit more life experience as well as finances behind me has meant that the way I travel at this age is totally different to how I would have done it if and when I was 20.
Although keeping to a tight budget is on the agenda, I’m not so stuck for money that I can’t splash out on some nice ‘luxuries’ on my trips which would have been well out of my price range had I been fresh out of college.
Occasionally I’ll splash out on an expensive hotel or treat myself to a massage and spa treatment but this won’t be every day. I prefer to invest my money into experiences and memories that are going to last a life-time.
For example, living on a boat and learning to scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef or doing 10 days sailing around the Galapagos Islands, or a week-long expedition into the Amazon Jungle to do wildlife spotting – those types of ‘luxuries’.
So....where have I been?
To date I have visited over 50 countries.
I get asked a lot ‘what’s your favourite country you’ve been to’, but it’s so difficult to choose a best one. I have so many ‘favourites’ for so many different reasons. It’s so hard to hone it down to just one.
As long as it has either cultural/historical, adventure, scenery or wildlife then I’m happy.
Meet Me In Departures was born
I’ve lost count of the number of shoeboxes I have, stuffed with travel memorabilia, and hard drives full of photos and video footage.
I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to so many destinations and experienced some amazing stuff our planet has to offer.
I’m a strong believer that everyone should travel at least once in their lives (by that I don’t mean a 2-week all-inclusive in the Costa del Sol!)
I wasn’t to show others that it’s not as difficult, as expensive or as scary as people might think and inspire them to do the same.
If my little piece of the big wide web gives you the urge to do that then I’ve achieved what I set out to do.
I hope my blog gives you the inspiration to do that – in particular, people caught in the rat-race.
Life is for living, go out there and explore the World.
I regret travel….said no one ever!