I spent the majority of last year in London working for a financial company. It wasn’t a bad job; the people were nice – yes the word nice sums them up perfectly, in a bland and unoffensive way. The work was uninspiring, but the pay was excellent. Every morning, on my one and half hour commute into work, I could feel my life slipping away into a grey monotony of repetitiveness. On paper, everything was perfect – a well-paid job with long term career opportunities and a thriving life in London, one of the world’s most vibrant cities. However, on the inside, I was fed up. Life was too easy in this rather dull comfort zone. I wasn’t happy. I knew there was a huge world out there to explore and I had already spent 24 years, nearly a quarter of my life, living on a rainy cold island with extortionate rent prices.
I’d started to day dream of travel and adventure. Then one evening I got an email from a friend, pitching a new business idea. It was called ‘Tinggly’, and it sounded AWESOME. It was going to be a website that would sell a collection of the world’s best experiences. It would be a selection of the most interesting, incredible experiences from every single country in the world! That’s right, the whole gosh darn planet, everything from underwater golf in China to flying over Mount Everest!
This was just the catalyst that I needed to get out of my rut. I decided that I wanted to quit my job and join the team. I don’t think there is ever a good time to travel, you have to make sacrifices and difficult decisions. For me this was a double whammy of both leaving my job and breaking up with my long term girlfriend. Both very hard choices, which I questioned many times. However once made I knew in my gut that I was doing the right thing. I started to plan my travels and felt a rush of excitement, this was an emotion that I hadn’t experienced for far too long. I was nervous and exhilarated, I was about to venture into the unknown and I was doing it alone!
Given Tinggly’s global service, it’s apt that the team would be based in multiple timezones, with people everywhere from Lithuania to Scotland. My role in the company was to help with sales and marketing. Excitingly it was something that I could do remotely, as long as I had a computer and an internet connection I could work from anywhere. This new found geographic freedom changed my view of the world, I decided for the next year I was going to travel. To discover new exhillerating experiences and then share them with the world through Tinggly! So I packed up my bags, left London and headed on a plane to San Francisco to start my adventures into the unknown… and boy, do I have some stories to share. Stay tuned on Monday’s to hear about my globe trotting adventures.