The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry. That line comes from a Robert Burns poem (yes, that's right folks, Dave has read a poem, don't faint from shock). It basically means that even the most carefully thought out plans might be altered in some unpredictable way, and yep, that's just what has happened to me. I have to say, I didn't really see this one coming either. So, let's put you in the picture. As you are probably aware, my travel plans have been for quite some time now to cycle around the world beginning in May 2015. The kit is bought, funds are in place, enthusiasm levels are high, and then…
I met a girl. Ok, this is not unusual. The world is full of them after all, and I'm not exactly a monk. This one is different though. (Don't worry, I'm not going to get all soppy on you. Let's just say we get on well, and I will leave it at that). And obviously, as it would be far too easy to meet someone in my own country, she has to be on the other side of Europe. Regular visitors to Daves Travel Pages are probably hearing a penny drop now, putting two and two together, and clicking just why I keep going back to Athens. That's right, she lives in Athens.
Change of Travel Plans
We met during my initial visit there for the TBEX travel bloggers conference, and over the last few months, we've kept in touch and seen each other as often as we could. All is good, but distance is a problem. Well, it is, unless one person is quitting their job to travel anyway. So that's exactly what I've done. My last day at work is the end January, and then in either the first or second week of February I'm going to head on out to Athens.
What?! This is a bit sudden! What about your travel plans? Are you crazy? Etc etc. Yeah, whatever. It's not like I haven't thought it through. In a way, it would be crazier not to go ahead, than to try and see what happens. So, we've decided that I should go out for a couple of months, and see how things work out. As I was going to give up work at around the same time anyway, the only difference, is that now, I will be spending my time between February and May in Athens rather than Northampton. I will be doing the same things during this time that I had planned to anyway, which is developing my websites a little, and trying my hand at freelance writing work. What happens after a couple of months though?
The simple answer, is that I will cross that bridge when I come to it, and you, like me, will have to wait and see what happens. As I said, my travel plans were to leave on the cycling trip until May in any case, and as I've just illustrated, a lot can happen in just a few months! In the mean time, you can still expect plenty of bicycle touring articles here at Daves Travel Pages, but you will also see a fair smattering of Athens travel blog posts. I might as well write and photograph the city I will be staying in! There we have it then. I quit work at the end of January, and move over to Athens in the first or second week in February. Seems like a pretty exciting start to the New Year to me! Crazy or not… leave your comments below!