We’re Nick and Hollie, two travel-obsessed twenty-somethings from the UK. This craziness all started in September 2019 when we gave up our flat and jobs and took a flight across the world.
We’ve been together for nearly 10 years, having met at the University of Southampton. In January 2020, on a beautiful beach on our favourite Thai island, Nick got down on one knee and we agreed to spend the rest of our lives together!
2019–2020 saw us backpack Southeast Asia, fully embracing the budget traveller lifestyle. We explored at our own pace, slowly, taking time to get to know somewhere before moving on.
We woke up early to catch sunrises and spent our evenings chasing sunsets. We saw what felt like a billion gorgeous temples and the most jaw-dropping scenery. We hiked through tropical jungles and climbed treacherous mountains. We partied on Khao San Road and spent days in a hammock on a tiny paradise island. We stayed in backpacker hostels and mosquito-filled beach huts. We lived off streetside noodles and our fair share of $1 beer.
On returning home, we realised something in our hearts had changed forever. The normal 9 to 5 lifestyle just wasn’t the right fit for us; we needed freedom to roam. So we took the plunge and made the scary decision to set up online businesses and work for ourselves.
While the pandemic was wreaking havoc around the world and the global travel industry ground to a halt, our businesses gathered speed. In the autumn of 2020, we escaped the UK for a two-month trip to Portugal to test the remote working lifestyle. It’s safe to say we loved it.
After spending much of early 2021 in the UK under lockdown restrictions, we finally managed another short trip abroad – this time to beautiful Lisbon. In autumn 2021, we went on our first long-term trip as digital nomads: Mexico, finished off by two months in Alicante, Spain.
Asia – the special place where our dreams of freedom really began to take shape – was calling our names, big time. We were desperate to test out this lifestyle in Asia and resume our travels, since there are so many places we haven’t been. January 2023 saw us return to Thailand, finally, and we hope to also spend time in Malaysia, Vietnam, and Singapore.
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So where are we now? On the beautiful Thai island of Koh Lanta, because we just didn’t fancy the cold, gloomy weather in the UK… We decided ‘screw it, we might just go’, and if you’re interested in where we venture to next, give us a follow and subscribe to our blog. We really hope you’ll join us on our life of adventure.
Nick and Hollie