We love bringing you new #rtwsoon travelers and we’re delighted to be able to interview another just two weeks out from our own journey!
Julia, the voice behind Homeless and Confused, is currently planning a round-the-world escape in early 2012. Find our more about Julia and her upcoming adventures in the interview below!
Some of you may know me a ConfusedJulia (from my Twitter handle) although by day I moonlight as a 27-year-old Manchester girl with a love of travel and talking rubbish. Being a web designer for a travel company means I get to look at pretty pictures of some of the most amazing places in the world every day, which I can assure you has done nothing to quell my wanderlust. I was lucky growing up that my parents didn’t want to take myself and my sister on the typical “bucket and spade” holidays because they wanted us to see the world (also, probably selfishly, they wanted to see the world themselves. Parents, eh?). So whilst I was still young I got to experience countries such as Italy, France, Germany, Egypt, Poland, USA, Canada, Belgium and the Czech Republic.
Since I flew the nest and started taking trips as an individual I’ve been to Portugal, the Canary Islands, Cyprus, Barcelona, Dubai, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
I really feel as though travelling from a young age taught me how to respect and appreciate other cultures and also opened up my eyes to different world foods, something I’m very passionate about now.
Where are you going on your RTW?
I want to keep my itinerary as flexible as possible, simply because from my past experience plans always go awry and I want to be open to every opportunity or possibility that comes my way. Having said that, there are certain countries I have always wanted to visit and some of these will definitely be the highlights of my trip, including Mexico, Costa Rica and Malaysia. More recently I’ve become really interested in Chile and also the Philippines, so hopefully I can incorporate these areas into the itinerary, as well as other areas of South and Central America.
I have also long held a passion to travel to New Zealand (my Dad used to live there when he was younger and I’d love to re-visit his old neighbourhoods), China and Japan, so I am toying with the idea of hopefully getting to at least one of these amazing countries. As you can see, my list could potentially be endless, so my RTW trip could become a RTW lifetime!
When are you leaving?
I am leaving early next year, probably around February 2012. Hopefully by then I will have enough funds to complete a large part of my trip, with perhaps the opportunity to pick up work in a couple of places to top up funds and extend the trip if I can.
Why did you decide to go on this trip?
Ever since I returned from my first solo trip to Vietnam last November I have been aching to travel more extensively. I had thought I would have to try and incorporate my shorter term travels around my job, but found out not long after I returned that job cuts at my company were looming. As I was already in the process of selling my house I realised that this was the perfect opportunity to take a break from everyday life and do something I had always wanted to do. Once the seed of a RTW trip had been planted, it didn’t take me long to put things into action, however I can’t say that it has been easy; the money-saving and sacrifices I’ve already had to make have been hard. I have no doubt it will all be worth it in the end though.
What will you be doing to pass the time before your travels?
I will mainly be trying to save money like a madwoman, as well as doing as much destination research as possible. I’ll also be writing about my (sometimes) crazy experiences living back with my parents for the first time in 9 years and any small weekend trips I may try and squeeze into my budget. Basically I will be continuing to share my crazy ramblings with the rest of the world for as long as they’ll put up with me and my nonsense!
If you could give just one piece of advice to a fellow #rtwsoon traveler, what would it be?
If you want it, do it. I had convinced myself that after I had missed the university Gap Year boat that I would no longer be able to take a long-term trip and that I was too tied down with responsibilities. This is nonsense. You are only as tied as you allow yourself to be and it is never too late to chase your dreams.
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