Where it began
25.02.2017 - 18.03.2017 5 °C
We had never been particularly interested in travelling until we took a leap and booked a holiday to Canada. I suppose having family based in Ontario made a massive difference. My second Cousin (Twice removed), Christine, planned us the most amazing trip and we were instantly welcomed by her friends and family into their homes with open arms. Long story short, we kicked it off well with Jamie and Stephan who asked us to visit them in their 9 months of backpacking across the globe. 6 weeks later we booked our flights to meet them in Morocco Africa. The amazing 1 week holiday was not enough time to see the country and experience the culture. So we booked our next flight to meet them in Thailand.
We spent approximately 16 days exploring the land, animals and culture- hopping from one island to another with just a backpack. I guess you could say this is where 'the big idea' originated. Returning from our 2 weeks of fun came as quite a shock.
Getting back into our 9-5 day jobs, we knew instantly this was not the life we wanted to live. We wanted to experience the unknown.
A few days later we decided we wanted to pack our bags and go. Of course this was not possible with only £100 to our names. So we began to plan.
Canada had always interested me as a country. My dad lived their when he was younger and I had already met the remaining family we have there. So that was where the plan began. We decided we wanted to travel Canada.
I instantly message Christine and told her what we wanted to do. Of course she was excited and suggested buying a camper van. What an amazing idea this was! We already had flights booked for December 2017 to spend Christmas there so we decided this would be the perfect time to visit.
There was one thing in our way. The weather. Mulling over our choices, we decided to spend 90 days Jan/Feb/March travelling the States where it would be warmer (Texas has always appealed to me) and so the roads would be easier to drive on. We could then travel north in late March/April into British Columbia and spend the next 6 months driving West to East across Canada.
To this day, our plans are still progressing and changing to suit the factors of weather and cost. We believe we can save £13,000 by the time we depart on the 22nd December and we plan to work our butts off until we raise every penny possible. In the mean time, I'm sure our plans will change but travelling is what we want to do.