Well hello everyone, I’ve been a bit absent this week so thought I’d write a little catch up post to let you all know what’s new. It’s actually great to be at home and we’ve had a great couple of weeks catching up with friends and getting settled back into normal life again.

Although as it happens it’s proving quite tricky to carry the travel blog thing over to a travel and lifestyle blog thing. Luckily there’s a lot of our adventures that I haven’t yet written about, and I’m hoping to be able to write a couple of travel posts each week. Thing is, everyone knows travel is exciting… day to day life in the countryside, not so much, so I need to figure out what I’m going to write about without boring you all to tears!

So, yes, still trying hard to keep up with blogging and sharing pictures and stories from our amazing year away, all whilst skipping between various job interviews and filling out lots of application forms.

Views from our local park where we walk the dog… not so bloggable as our usual travel destinations, sorry!

A Job Search Update…

There’s news on the job front as well though… After applying for tons of roles that sounded cool and travelling all over the country and getting to meet some awesome people in various different companies doing all sorts of awesome things, I’ve found a new job! I was lucky enough to have a couple of fab offers and it was a tricky choice, but one company I just got a great feeling from – you know when things kind of just click?

Obviously you never know how it’ll work out til you get stuck in, but I’m a big believer in trusting your instincts and I’m excited to let y’all know that I’m going to be joining the digital team at a furniture brand in Northamptonshire! Next week!

It’s all moved far quicker than expected and I’m so grateful that I was able to find some good opportunities so soon after returning home, although sad we won’t be up in Manchester after exploring it when visiting for interviews.

More countryside dog walk views…

Two quick things I wanted to mention before I stop talking about work…

Post Travel Job Hunting…

Firstly for all you travellers and career breakers out there, a bit of reassurance I suppose, in case you need it. I had my worries about how a year of travelling would look on my CV and had prepared all sorts of answers to questions about how the year had helped me develop etc. As it turned out though, I didn’t need any of them.

In six separate interviews all that was mentioned was what an awesome thing it was to do – my new boss even went travelling for a couple of years himself, so 100% understood that it wasn’t a sign of me being flighty / irresponsible / all those other things that some people might think it to be. I think nowadays it’s far more acceptable to take some time out to travel at some stage in your career, and whilst I had the benefits of having a few years work experience, I don’t think it would have been a problem had I done it earlier or later.

I might write a quick post at some point about how I positioned it on my CV and what was discussed, if that’s something people would be interested in? I tried to do a lot of research before starting applications and didn’t come up with too much practical advice that I bought into.

Been doing a lot of brunching in my unemployment… obligatory blogger brunch pic (soz no avocado on this one)

Onwards & Upwards…

Second thing, the new job means that we’re going to be moving house! We’re not sure exactly where yet and it probably won’t be for a little while, but we can’t wait to start getting set up again. I’m pining over cottages and barn conversions and various ‘project properties’ having seen what an awesome job some friends have done on renovation projects while we’ve been away.

Rob’s not fully convinced but as I said, if we can survive travelling together for a year I’m sure we can survive a home renovation… we’ll see what happens!

We want somewhere not too far from the office, haha, love saying that again, weirdo that I am, and somewhere that’s within 10-15 minutes of a train station with good connections to London so if anyone has any Northamptonshire recommendations, let us know.

So, it’s been a busy and exciting time really – considering this Friday we’ll have been back for exactly four weeks, the time is flying by.

Another pic of the cat… as if y’all don’t get enough of those on my Insta

Some New Travel Plans to Share…

Oh yeah, and those travel plans I mentioned – sorry to ramble on before getting to the really interesting bit – but y’know, I have a lot to say as always. I was dead set on carrying on travelling as much as possible around work etc, and we’re making good progress so far.

I blogged about the lovely afternoon I spent in London with my Mum, and instagrammed my recent days out in Manchester, which was a completely new city for me to explore and we’ve also booked a couple more bits.

Sad we won’t be moving to Manchester after all… awesome city that it is

Firstly, we’re headed to London for the weekend in September to see Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. I am absolutely buzzing for this – it stars Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell – two of my favourite actors, and the reviews are amazing. I also love Tennessee Williams after studying his plays at uni, so it’s really the perfect show. It’s also my 30th birthday present from my Mum and we’re going to find some cool restaurants and other bits and bobs to do, so it should be an awesome London weekend to write about.

Then, as promised, Rob has booked a holiday for my birthday later in September. It’s a total surprise, as whilst I gave him 5 countries that I’d love to see (Finland, Iceland, Russia, Switzerland & Canada if you’re interested), I wouldn’t be too shocked if he’s decided to go off piste and take us somewhere completely different.

At the moment I’m trying to figure out ways to avoid finding out our destination until we’re on the plane if possible, as I love a good surprise and want to drag it out as long as possible!

After that we’ll probably chill out a bit until the New Year at least… maybe some UK weekend breaks and I’m tempted for a little mosy to Bruges to check out the Christmas markets, but we’ll have to see how we go. In the meantime, I’ve got a couple of pieces coming up about our adventures in Europe… including some of our top foodie recommendations, so stay tuned and all that.