Mark and Sadie

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Sadie
Age: 26
From: Lancaster, Lancashire, UK
Freelance Graphic Designer

The first thing you should know about me, or rather, the only thing that is worth knowing, is that I refuse to accept that some things simply aren’t achievable.

As a kid, growing up in a lovely middle-class village, surrounded by wealthier friends while my brilliant parents struggled, I promised myself that one day I would balance the scales. By the age of sixteen I had three jobs, far too many clothes, and a brand new perspective. It turns out that you can have whatever you want, you just have to be willing to work for it.

So here we are, embarking on a life-changing trip. We have each worked two jobs, managed two properties, attempted to learn a new language, orchestrated an insane life overhaul and generally gone a bit mad with the stress of it all. And the funniest thing? People still seem to assume that our house, holidays, or upcoming trip are the result of luck, parental hand-outs or plain old insanity. Well, perhaps it is partly the latter.

The simple fact is, if you want something enough, you can have it. I earn bugger all, have zero inheritance and no real clue of how to do any of this.

What I do have though, is this really, really strong urge to go on an adventure. So I’m going to. Oh, and I’m lucky enough to have found someone mad enough to come along for the ride. Mark, you poor sod, when this all goes tits up, well…we had fun right?

Mark
Age: 26
From: Lancaster, Lancashire, UK

I promised myself at University that I would never be a 9 to 5, live for the weekend type of person. Then I graduated and, with a colossal pile of debt to my name, promptly became just that. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, once the initial novelty of regular income and not being at the bottom of an overdraft had set in, it didn’t take long for my feet to itch and my mind to wander.

I planned on maybe working abroad for a while, in France maybe, or Australia or the Middle East. Luckily, Sadie — my partner in crime — has always dreamt a little bigger than me. Consequently, rather than settling for a particular country, we decided to go everywhere, man.

This is, and will continue to be, our story. It starts with giving up our jobs, renting out our house and buying a one way plane ticket. It’s a story of how you don’t have to be happy with what you’ve got and of how, if you’re willing to work hard enough for it, you can leave the “real world” behind to go and see the real world.