Travels & Daydreams
Life has been busy here of late – and with the upcoming creative shows on my schedule the rest of this year is sure to be much of the same.
One of the best aspects of running your own creative business is that you are the master of your own destiny – to at least that is what I tell myself, when I feel as though no sooner than I am at home, than I am packing ready to hit the road again.
Getting to attend so many creative events throughout the year is one of the best aspects of my job – which otherwise (if I brutally honest!) would be spent at home in the studio, glued to the laptop or stuck to the sewing machine, whichout seeing or speaking to a real human all day! Travel has always been one of my passions in life – having been fortunate enough to be able to spend a glorious two years backpacking!
Trust me, I know that everyone dreads it when a tale begins with, “while I was backpacking…” and I avoid being a travel bore at all costs. But, it is impossible not to reminisces about working on a pearl farm in Western Australia, pony trekking (and yak cuddling) in Mongolia, volunteering in an orphanage in Vietnam, hiking up glaciers in New Zealand and spending endless hours playing cards in draughty airports waiting on connecting flights.
Work travel is a very different type of adventure – in many cases it takes you to places that you might not have planned on visiting, seeing sights that you never imagined and meeting the most wonderful people. But, it is not a jolly holiday – although I frequently have to remind my folks and friends of this! Work travel is just that, work. It is hard sometimes knowing that your time is not your own, that you can wonder off and explore the city, take in the sights and hunt out the unique character of a place.
This steady stream of travel that punctuates my work schedule has kept alive the travel bug inside me. I am forever looking back over my (millions!) of travel photos longing for the day when I might hang up my hat (a hand knit one, of course!) and hit the road again on a wonderful new adventure. I can’t be the only one that day dreams of retiring from work, grabbing my camera, and throwing a few essentials into a backpack and heading off into a world of adventures?
There are so many places I’d love to visit, India, South America, Indonesia, I want to take boat rides and train journeys, I want to hike, ride bikes and drive Route 66. I want to swim with dolphins and trek through jungles. I want to shop at bazaars and eat local foods. I want to meet new people, learn about new cultures and, most importantly take a millions photographs!
So, you’ll often find me gazing through my old travel photographs planning the world of adventures that lay ahead of me, after all that’s something pretty good to work towards!
Over the coming weeks I will be back on the road, check out these Diary Dates for upcoming events…
Knitting & Stitching, London, 7 – 11 October
Knitting & Stitching, Dublin, 12 – 15 November
Knitting & Stitching, Harrogate, 26 – 29 November
These events are set to be truly jam packed with shopping, inspiration and fun – tickets are still available online! Are you attending any of these shows? Be sure to come along and say Hi!
♥ – ♥ – ♥
This post is part of the Legal & General Retirement & Daydreams series.