We’re Vicky & Phil, a pair of ‘Northerners’ from the UK, both Yorkshire born and bred. We met at the University of York, almost a decade ago, and we’ve been together ever since.
In 2013, after a few years of long distance and compromise, we decided to move to London together. During our four years in the city we pushed ourselves to take advantage of all the opportunities London had to offer, but all good things must come to an end, and in May 2017 we start to ask big questions about ‘what next?’. We’ve both done a fair bit of travelling, and we’d always spoken as if there was a lot more left to do, but it was always ‘we’ll do it tomorrow’. Suddenly we got to a point where we couldn’t think of any more excuses – we both loved London, but it had never meant to be a forever home. The city’s fast pace is exhausting, and the housing market broken for both buyers and renters. One crazy little text message after a bad morning ‘well we could…’ was the catalyst that was needed. Within just a few days we’d given notice to our employers, landlords, broken the plan (or lack of) to out parents, and had begun to make the most of our last few weeks in London. You can read more about the move from London here.
Now, at the start of September, we are on the verge of our new adventure, with a flight booked to Bogota, Colombia in just a handful of days. We both moved separately back to our parents in Yorkshire for a few weeks at the start of August, which has given us time to get our bags into order and enjoy time with our families (not that it’s all gone to plan!). As I write this, our departure looms but we have very little in the way of a plan – we spent most of our time in London ruled by our calendars and this is our way to break that cycle and just … breathe.
Phil and I aren’t really sure what this next chapter will look like for us, but we’re pretty certain there will be a lot of surprises, new friends to make, lessons to learn and many, many memories made. Whether our trip lasts just two weeks before we issue the SOS, or spans several months until the budget runs dry, we’d love you to join us for the ride. We’ll be updating the blog as and when we can, and we’d really like for you to interact letting us know you’re on the other end of the screen, and even offering suggestions of where to go and what to do next.