It’s 2:03 am on May bank holiday Monday, 2016. My best friend and I are locked in a gaze as she walks backwards, down the street, her eyes sparkling with tears but she is smiling. Beaming in fact. At this moment, I am not sure when I am actually going to see her again. But I focus on waving her off, putting on a brave face and trying not to get teary myself.
We’re outside the local kebab shop, after one hell of a send off. We have been partying all weekend. She’s leaving tomorrow, embarking on the journey of a life time; which I swear she’s been talking about since school. She’s been my best friend since then, and ‘the day’ is finally here. Shitting hell, I think to myself, as I bite into a slice of ‘coriander-chilli-chicken’ pizza and wait for our taxi home.
OK, so that’s not the end of it. Jodie isn’t the sole reason I came to this epic decision. But, I think when she left, a seed was planted. It wasn’t long after that I started to reassess my own situation. Great job, promotion on the cards, single, no kids, no mortgage. Could I leave it all behind to go and explore? Or was that too risky? Would I be able to find a job when I came back? Would I have enough savings to support me?
Eventually, I came to the decision that it was worth the risk. I had built up some great work experience in content marketing and my team at work said they would take me back with open arms if I wanted to return. My family were behind me too, they encouraged me to be brave and go see another side of the world, before I did get more ‘settled’ at home. All this, plus a little encouragement from my other school friend and travel-buddy, Sammy, and the rest is history.
So with a new found courage, I booked my one-way ticket. I quit my job. I read, and researched and talked to people who I knew had done a similar thing. It felt scary, exciting and liberating all at the same time. It was whilst the ball was rolling, so to speak, that I realised why I was actually doing this. I realised that the one thing I don’t want in life is regrets. I want to live my life to the fullest, for as long as my body and health will allow. I am also obsessed with Asian food. In recent months, I haven’t been able to express this on my blog as much as I would’ve liked. Work, commuting, being there for my family and seeing friends, keeping fit and healthy seemed to occupy all the available hours in a week. So, this, is also my chance, to scoff my way through Southeast Asia and tell you alllllll about it.
I would love for you to follow me on my journey.
If you want a sneak preview of what I am getting up to in real-time, follow me on Instagram @sophiesscran and Snapchat, username “Sophestry05”. I can’t wait for you to join me on my adventure…. First stop, Bali.
This is so exciting for you. I’m loving your insta feed. Can’t wait to see more xx
You’re doing an awesome thing Sophie and I’ll certainly be watching your journey unfold with envy.
I’m gonna be doing a similar thing myself but I’ve got just over a year until I set off. I fear watching your travels might make me want to set off sooner! Ha.
Like you said.. It’s all about no regrets. You’ll never regret doing this. You’ll have stories for life. So live it to its fullest and embrace every step of your epic journey!
Aww thanks, Pete! Hopefully you could pick up some tips from the places I visit. Do you have anywhere specific in mind? Really happy to have you following along, thank you!
That’s super exciting – will def be following your adventures on Insta! Good luck!
thanks, Jane! really glad to have you following along! did you catch the pork cubanos sandwiches we ate last night? soooo good! hope you enjoy the updates! Sophie x
Good Luck on your adventure! Sounds so exciting an d South East Asia is amazing! Where are you heading to after Bali?
Thank you, Helen. We are heading to the Philippines, then Malaysia, then to India for a month 🙂 after that Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. Have you been to any of these places?
Sounds exciting! South East Asia is a great place for travellers. And I’m sure you’ll LOVE the food! Happy travels
Looking forward to reading about your adventures!