What is Three Hundred Days all about?
When we started this blog, it was a place for our family and friends to read about our epic three hundred day honeymoon (hence the name). As we started to meet people along the way, more and more people urged us to put our story, experience and knowledge into the blog so that they could use it as a useful resource and a place of inspiration for their next adventure.
So now the purpose of this blog is exactly that. Most of the blog posts will be written by me but occasionally my wonderful husband, Stephen will write guest posts when there is something that he has a lot more interest in than I do (or when I get writers block)! Additionally, we both use our iPhone 7’s and our DSLR to take photographs so some photos will be his, some will be mine.
I’m honest, straight forward and I’ll tell you when I don’t like a place or think an experience is over-rated. Many travel blogs only talk about the good things and I’m here to add a dose of reality to the otherwise seemingly perfect life of travel. If we all liked every place we visited, wouldn’t we all just be clones of each other?
Travelling isn’t perfect and neither are we. My hair might not always look perfect in photos because I haven’t had it cut for months. Sometimes we visit somewhere and quite frankly think it’s underwhelming and choose to never go back. And sometimes when we arrive in a new destination, instead of going out to explore, we take a pj day on the sofa to relax and regroup. For us, that is the reality of travelling.
Ultimately, I hope this blog inspires you to book that holiday you’ve been thinking of or start a new chapter in your life. I hope it provides you with helpful planning resources and practical information on the places we’ve been to. I hope it makes you smile, laugh and want to have a glass of wine with your best friend… because everybody deserves a little bit of sunshine and wine in their life!
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
One day I will be at a luxury beach resort and the next I’ll be camping in the bush. I only go camping because my friends and husband love it… and I love them. Most days I’m somewhere in between discovering a new place. I’m an optimist at heart but also quite hard to impress. I love food and wine so when I can combine them with my travels I’m in heaven.
I am passionate about taking a leap and changing your life if you aren’t feeling fulfilled. I am passionate that further education is not the only path to being successful in life. And I am passionate that everyone deserves to have a life they love. I hope you see this in the posts that I write and that you can be inspired to take whatever leap you need to take.
I strongly believe that there is no wrong decision in life. You can make as many plans, lists and graphs as you like and life will still take you on a different journey. I certainly never expected to move to the other side of the world and quit my job twice with no idea of what I would do once I stopped. Sometimes the best thing you can do is throw caution to the wind and just do it.
I grew up in the suburbs just outside of London and spent every weekend taking the train into London with my friends to window shop, people watch and eat at the best place on the Kings Road we could afford (back when it wasn’t full of high street shops).
I loved everything about being in London and after doing a few summer work experiences at a well known European bank, I decided to skip university and go straight into the exciting world of finance. It was fantastic and I learnt so much; I was earning money rather than being in debt, I was working and socialising with people I respected and admired and whilst I was working long hours, we would go out and party just as hard.
I thought I had made the best decision not going to university and for me, I had. However after four years I knew I wanted something more. So I decided to quit my job and go on my first big adventure alone.
After two months in South America and a month each in New Zealand and Australia I was a better person than when I started off. I had grown more than I could ever have imagined, met so many amazing people and experienced so much in such a short amount of time.
That was the problem though. When I arrived back in London, I had changed. I tried to find a new job and settle back into the life I had before but I knew it just wasn’t what I wanted.
So I took the leap and set off again, this time to start a different chapter in Sydney, Australia. I chose Sydney for three reasons really: 1 – the lifestyle was extremely appealing 2 – jobs seemed plentiful and 3 – there happened to be a Kiwi guy I liked that was also moving there.
Fast forward five years, that guy I mentioned was now my fiancee and we were setting off on another adventure together. We had fallen in love, bought an apartment, had jobs we loved, amazing friends but we always knew we wanted to go and explore the world again.
We decided to quit our jobs, get married on a beach in Mexico and take a three hundred day honeymoon. That’s when this blog started.
So, here it goes!
Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoy!