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A Brit's Year in the Life by imposter on 9 May 2006 2:31pm
Hi there, I'm Steve from the UK. Thrilled to stumble upon a site dedicated to the top chap's travels. I've recently come back from a year away myself, travelling through Asia, Australia, New Zealand and North America, and I'm already saving up for next trip to "fill in the gaps" :)

You may be interested to take a look at the travel diary I kept along the way, very much in the humourous style of the writings of Palin and Bryson... it's all there, from the tsunami evacuation on Phuket to dinner with a Malaysian Chief of Police and his family... let me know what you think:


Happy travels,
Re: A Brit's Year in the Life by Ahren on 9 May 2006 5:40pm
Wow Steve!! That is one impressive site!
Re: A Brit's Year in the Life by perfectbitch on 9 May 2006 7:36pm
The slideshows are fantastic Steve. Thank-you. Linz
Re: A Brit's Year in the Life by tucsonmike on 10 May 2006 2:00am
Very impressive. You did a great job. I admire your courage in quitting your job like that.

I have some questions.
1. Are you back in the U.K. and working now?
2. What kind of work?
3. What did your boss think when you resigned?
4. What did you think you learned from the trip that will stick with you and is most useful?

Re: A Brit's Year in the Life by imposter on 10 May 2006 1:42pm
Thanks for the kind words everyone :) Luckily I am at a stage in life (27) where I have no dependencies - no house, no partner, no children (that I know of, anyway) - so to up sticks and leave with a stash of savings doesn't take a whole lot of courage. And I knew I'd be able to find another job at the end of it all. To answer your questions, Mike:

1. Yes, I'm back in Blighty - I arrived back at the end of January. I had plans to relocate to Germany to work or Japan to teach, but in the end I settled down living back with my parents (cheap rent, free food!) in order to save money for my next trip quicker. And yes, I've landed work back in the Rat Race :(

2. I work in IT, hence my deftness with creating the site :) It was a great project to occupy myself with whilst I was in that "reintegration" phase between returning from travelling and landing another job.

3. You should have seen my boss's face :o He was stunned to silence for about ten seconds. I had to gabble whilst he recovered :) It was such a hard decision, as I worked in a tiny family-run company that I'd worked in for three year and had a strong loyalty to, but I was desperate to travel and I think he understood. Eventually!

4. It made me realise how ignorant I was in global terms. I've returned with so much more of a handle on the world that no textbook could teach you. Also, I'm generally a bit cynical, but travelling reaffirmed my belief in people - there are so many lovely, genuine, honest, good people out there, a clutch of whom I hope will be friends for life and I'm striving to stay in contact with them. Finally, it's a cliche, but you really do learn a lot about yourself, and in what direction you wish your life to go. A change of scenery, distanced from the influences and distractions of home, can really give you a new perspective on things. I highly recommend it :)
Re: A Brit's Year in the Life by tucsonmike on 11 May 2006 2:10am
Well done Steve. You want to do a site for me LOL! I am impressed.
Re: A Brit's Year in the Life by imposter on 11 May 2006 1:27pm
Hehe, I'd like to go into business designing such sites, but few travellers would have the hundreds of dollars spare to pay for the dozens of hours of work such a site requires.

A free alternative is something like travelpod.com, where I originally hosted my blog whilst I was on the road. You can upload pictures and videos, and plot maps of your travels. The only downside is your travelog will look just like everyone else's.

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