We've booked our RTW tickets!

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Last Friday night I stood in the kitchen, absentmindedly stirring the dinner, when Lee came in and told me to close my eyes. Hardened to his usual prankster antics I was hesitant to do so, but as he insisted, I relented and stood there uneasily waiting for something bad to happen. What happened next was definitely not bad.

Lee quietly got down on one knee, and with a smile in his voice, took my hand and uttered six magical little words… Will you go travelling with me? In his hand was a red plastic Flight Centre wallet. Our RTW tickets! Finally, after 18 months of hard work and dreaming, we are officially further bound.

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We will bid a fond farewell to England on 30th September, and head off on the first leg of our beautiful adventure. Our first stop is India, the country where we met, the land of colour and chaos, and our favourite place in the world. We are flying into Mumbai, where we will spend a few days visiting friends and enjoying this vibrant and bustling city. I have always thought of Mumbai as the Indian version of Miami, with is palm lined streets and coastal glamour mixed with raw grit. I love it there, and am really excited to go back.

The last time I was in Mumbai an Indian friend took me to visit a little temple where, legend has it, if you ring its bell you are forever destined to return to India’s shores. I swung the heavy rope of the bell with all my might and listened to India’s promise to me resonating throughout the temple walls. She has been calling me back ever since.

From Mumbai we will make our way down to Goa, where we plan to stay for three months. At the end of December I will be leaving Lee for a few weeks to meet up with two friends, where we will embark on the adventure of a lifetime together (details to be revealed soon!).

Lee and I will then reunite in Kerala, where we will explore this beautiful part of India before making our way down to Sri Lanka. After this we will head over to Thailand, where we will begin the next leg of our travels through South East Asia.

Where next? Well who knows. We have booked return flights to come back to England after a year and visit family, but will head off again after a few weeks to continue our journey. Our plans will be minimal; to be happy, healthy and free. To follow our hearts and the wind, and to never stop chasing our dreams.

It sounds like a pretty great way to live.

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Last Friday Lee gave me more than just a ticket. Inside that little red plastic wallet is the solid proof that dreams do come true… proof that, if you are prepared to work hard, make sacrifices and have unwavering belief in yourself, anything is possible.

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Fiona April 25, 2012 at 20:29

A lovely post Hannah. After reading it I’m excited on your behalf. I wish you safe travels and a wonderful journey. Enjoy India, it’s my favourite place too! Best wishes.
x

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Hannah April 25, 2012 at 21:41

Thank you so much Fiona. I have just been reading through your blog and your adventures in India sound amazing! I hope our paths will cross one day 🙂

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Carmel April 25, 2012 at 21:37

I’m so so so so happy for you!!! Can’t wait until that day comes for us. Until then, I look forward to having more wonderful blogs to read! Goooooo Hannah and Lee!!!

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Hannah April 25, 2012 at 21:43

Thanks Carmel! I’m just a tad excited 😉 I too can’t wait for the day you guys get your tickets, and look forward to sharing adventures with you somewhere around the world xxx

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claire April 25, 2012 at 21:38

Yaaaay!!! Heeeheee Lee’s great, surprising you like that. What a great way to kickstart the dream/REALITY!!!!!! =) xxxxxx

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Hannah April 25, 2012 at 21:44

Yeah, the boy did good! I think I’ll keep him 🙂

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D.J. - The World of Deej April 25, 2012 at 23:44

Congratulations! That’s so great…looking forward to tagging along with the adventures here!

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Hannah April 26, 2012 at 19:51

Thank you 🙂

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Robert @ Another Traveler April 26, 2012 at 02:00

Sounds like an awesome start to an amazing journey!! Best of luck and safe travels!!!
Robert

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Hannah April 26, 2012 at 20:36

Thanks so much Robert! I have just checked out your blog – I love the design. Happy to have found another great blog to follow 🙂

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Caroline @ Traveling 9 to 5 April 26, 2012 at 11:03

I still remember vividly the night Josh and I bought our tickets! It is an exciting and big step, having the confirmation ticket in hand makes all the past months work reality ! Congrats!

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Hannah April 26, 2012 at 20:41

Thanks Caroline. It’s such a wonderful moment isn’t it!

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Jeremy or IHeartTravel April 26, 2012 at 12:27

You can feel the excitement in this post! Congratulations on making a dream a reality !
(Stands up & claps) !

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Hannah April 26, 2012 at 20:39

Thanks so much Jeremy 🙂

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Sarah Somewhere April 26, 2012 at 17:31

Yipeeeeeeee!

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Hannah April 26, 2012 at 20:39

Yahoooooo!

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jenjenk April 26, 2012 at 20:43

YAY!! So thrilled for you!!! I can’t wait to follow your travels!!!

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Hannah April 26, 2012 at 22:36

Thank you Jen, I’m so grateful x

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Kim April 26, 2012 at 20:54

Yayayaya!!! I won’t forget the night that Brian and I bought our one-way tickets to Ecuador. That night changed everything because our plans went from a dream to a THING, something that existed on the calendar.
I love the way Lee presented the tickets- so adorable.
And our grand adventure together…. I can’t even tell you how excited I am about that.
Congrats Hannah!

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Hannah April 26, 2012 at 22:37

Yeay! Thanks Kim. I remember reading your post and feeling like I would never reach the same point, but now here I am, tickets at the ready! I can’t wait to use them, and to share our epic adventure 🙂

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Renee April 26, 2012 at 21:56

AMAZING – Congrats – Celebrate and then Enjoy Your Year of Traveling!!!

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Hannah April 26, 2012 at 22:38

Thank you so much for your continued support Renee 🙂

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Christy April 26, 2012 at 22:14

That’s so exciting!! Congrats!

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Hannah April 26, 2012 at 22:38

Thank you Christy 🙂

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Patricia GW April 26, 2012 at 23:35

My dear Hannah, how absolutely wonderful and exciting!!! The way Lee presented you with the tickets is just darling! I’m so happy for you both to take the next step in your journey, and realize your dreams. That’s so powerful, and such a gift. It won’t be long now, and it seems so perfect for your first destination to be India. May your journey be full of blessings and joy xxx

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Hannah April 27, 2012 at 18:54

Thank you Tricia xxx

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Sophie April 27, 2012 at 02:14

I`m so happy for you! After all you have been through to get to this moment! Looking forward to following you along your adventures on your travel blog:)

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Hannah April 27, 2012 at 18:56

Thank you so much Sophie, from one vegetarian to another 🙂

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Flight Centre UK April 27, 2012 at 09:45

Congratulations Hannah! It sounds like you have a wonderful trip planned and we can’t wait to follow you on your adventures 🙂

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Hannah April 27, 2012 at 19:17

Thank you Jayne, and everyone at Flight Centre UK 🙂

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Bob R April 27, 2012 at 10:26

Excellent, congrats! Mine begins in January. 🙂 Best of luck to you both!

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Hannah April 27, 2012 at 18:59

Thank you Bob – I wish you all the best with your own adventures too 🙂

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Phillipa Sen April 27, 2012 at 15:35

I can’t believe that I will soon be saying farewell, punardarśanāya, namaste, adios, pop kan mai to my best friend. I am soooo excited for you! and love you the world over! xxx

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Hannah April 27, 2012 at 19:00

We won’t say any of those things, we’ll just say “see you later”. I’ll save you a spot on the beach xxx

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Susan @ Travel Junkette April 27, 2012 at 15:46

YAY! So excited for you, Hannah! After all your hard work, you definitely deserve it. I’ll look forward to following your adventures.

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Hannah April 27, 2012 at 19:01

Thank you so much Susan! That really means a lot 🙂

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Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) April 28, 2012 at 01:04

So exciting! My husband and I are currently planning an upcoming RTW trip where we intend to visit India (neither of us has been before), so I eagerly look forward to reading about your trip! We have yet to buy our tickets, so our trip doesn’t seem quite real just yet. It must feel so good to have made the leap!

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Hannah May 2, 2012 at 22:30

Thank you Steph – and congratulations on your own forthcoming adventures! I’ve just been checking out your blog and I love it – I look forward to following along and wish you all the best x

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Kieron April 28, 2012 at 11:55

Congratulations! Let the countdown begin! 🙂

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Hannah May 2, 2012 at 22:30

Thanks Kieron!

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Vacay Girl April 30, 2012 at 03:47

I’m was so excited when I saw the picture of your flight arrangements. You are such an inspiration! I wish the two of you much success in your travels. Of course I will continue to watch for more of your blogs until then. I’m pretty sure you will go through a wide range of emotions all the way up until you get to your RTW date. No matter what you are setting out to achieve your goal and that within itself is pretty awesome.

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Hannah May 2, 2012 at 22:36

Wow, what a lovely compliment – thank you so much for following our journey xxx

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Savvy Scot May 1, 2012 at 10:14

So excited for you (and a little jealous)!!
Give me a shout when you head over to Thailand and I will point you in the direction of some good people and tips for Phuket/Phi Phi/Similans etc.

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Hannah May 2, 2012 at 21:53

Thank you so much! I will definitely give you a shout when we are in Thailand 🙂

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Dalene May 6, 2012 at 09:51

Congratulations Hannah! And I am so glad you are leaving lots of your journey unplanned, there will surely be things along the way that will guide you where you need to be. It’s the best way to do it (in my very humble opinion!)

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Hannah May 6, 2012 at 16:47

Thank you Dalene. I absolutely agree, and we plan to not plan as much as possible! I want to be able to really get to know each place we visit in a real and authentic way, without time constraints or prior motives. I have also been hugely inspired by your blog to explore the idea of house sitting and look toward to seeing where that might take us 🙂

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Alex May 10, 2012 at 05:42

Congratulations Hannah, what a big step! I really look forward to following your adventures.

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Hannah May 10, 2012 at 20:30

Thanks Alex, I really appreciate that. I hope our paths can cross some day 🙂

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Spencer May 11, 2012 at 04:07

Very pleased for you! I went RTW at the age of 32 and I absolutely loved it. Infact it changed the way I live my life. I look forward to reading all about your travel adventures.

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Hannah May 15, 2012 at 21:14

Thanks Spencer 🙂

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Vicky May 24, 2012 at 18:08

How exciting to finally have the tickets!! I’m sure it’s all starting to feel so much more real now! My boyfriend and I are heading out on our trip in mid September – starting in Japan and then working our way through most of the countries in Asia. We are just going to buy tickets as we go — trying to maximize those credit card miles we’ve been earning, so we haven’t bought our tickets yet but I’m sure once we do it’ll be a huge shock!

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Hannah June 5, 2012 at 23:48

Hi Vicky, thank you for your comment. It looks like we will be visiting a lot of the same countries, so I hope our paths will cross one day 🙂

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Izy Berry August 1, 2012 at 20:51

Can’t wait to watch your adventures unfold. Soon I’ll be returning home for a while to save, and the plan is to head to South America, but if finances do not permit… We’ll go to India. Not a bad second place.

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Sally September 26, 2012 at 07:57

Congrats on booking your ticket! So you’re really just taking off and have no plans? My inner soul is saying ‘This is what you need to do!!’. Looking forward to reading more and finding out what you get up to 🙂

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