Back in 2014, Dale and Kirsty quit their jobs, packed their bags and waved goodbye to the UK in a quest to complete the ultimate travel experience – a round the world trip.
Since then, they have trekked through jungle, climbed volcanoes, explored giant metropolises, dived to hidden depths and enjoyed the odd day on far-flung golden shores.
This is where you can read these two travellers’ tales as they make their way across the globe. Follow their adventures, get in touch or just sit back and let the stories inspire you!
Before going on this adventure of a lifetime, I worked in a supermarket in Cardiff, Wales, for seven years. I didn’t enjoy my job and would dream of the day I could pack my bags and see the world – even though I didn’t earn a lot!
Travel has always been my biggest dream, and I had always put by a small part of my wages for that day when I could fly away. After years of careful planning and saving, we decided to do it and, with shaking hands, I handed in my resignation.
I was nervous to leave because I’d worked so hard for years, making lots of good friends in the process, and it was the only real job I’d ever had. Letting it all go and having no income was a nerve-racking prospect, but I’m so glad I did it. It’s been an incredible ride so far, and every day is different.
People think they can’t do what I did, but you should never make excuses like ‘I can’t quit my job’ or ‘I don’t have enough money’. If you can save, you can do it. And you should!
My favourite places:
- Argentina – two words; scenery and steak!
- New Zealand – two small islands that pack a big punch. It’s got beaches, forests, glaciers and caves – what more could you want?
- Myanmar – some of the friendliest people in the world – and the tastiest noodles!
The best things I’ve done:
- Skydiving in Australia from 14,000 feet
- Swimming with black-tipped reef sharks in Malaysia
- Watching the F1 cars zoom passed from trackside in the Singapore Grand Prix
- Gaining my Padi Open Water dive licence in the Philippines
My most important travel item (not including passport!): A padlock to keep valuables safe – lots of hostels offer lockers that don’t have locks. It was one of the first purchases we made at the very start of our travels and it’s had more use than anything else.
Kirsty says: “Dale is the organised one. He’s very good at looking ahead at where we’re going and arranging the best places for us to stay on our budget. He keeps close attention to our spending too (an important skill on the road with no income!). If it wasn’t for Dale, our adventures would have ended long before now!”
Before meeting Dale, I had only ever been on holidays in the UK. It wasn’t until our first holiday to Egypt when I was 25 – and then our first ‘trial run’ backpacking experience in Vietnam and Cambodia – that I got the travel bug!
In 2014, we had already started saving for our trip of a lifetime when my temporary work contract came to an end. Instead of jumping immediately into another job, we decided that this was the chance we needed to pack our bags and head off into the sunset.
Since that moment, I haven’t looked back! I’m so glad that I’ve been able to experience so many wonderful people, places and cultures that I never even knew existed before I set foot on that first plane.
There’s such a lot of world to see and life is just too short to stay put and limit yourself – just think of what you could be doing, and then go – make it happen!
My favourite places:
- Ecuador – such varied and beautiful wildlife is found here, it has a lot of history and the local people are the warmest we met in South America!
- Thailand – Yes, I know. It’s a clichéd answer and a hot spot for tourists, but I love this country. Even though it is a famous tourist trap, it still maintains its own culture and traditions, has jaw-dropping scenery and has some of the best food I’ve ever tasted.
- China – I was expecting travel here to be extremely difficult, what with the language barrier and the ‘interesting’ cuisine, but this country has spectacular and unique scenery, very tasty food and surprisingly helpful locals. It’s amazing the conversations you can have without speaking a word!
The best things I’ve done:
- White water rafting on a tributary of the Amazon River
- Swimming with dolphins in New Zealand
- Trekking to Everest Base Camp in Tibet
- Danced the night away at a Samba School in Rio
My most important travel item (not including passport!): Ear plugs. I don’t think I could have made it this long without them. I’m one of those people who doesn’t function properly without a good night’s rest and I really think that ear plugs have saved my sanity (and maybe Dale’s life) several times…
Dale says: “Kirsty has a knack for finding out how to reach the seemingly impossible places. She’s very determined, so when she sets her sights on a particular place, I never doubt she will get us there – even if it does take two days, a boat and a night bus. Although she would never admit it, she’s got a great eye for a photo.”