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Hmm, over a month since my first post. That isn’t very good. However, here I be again!

Since the last post I have certainly gone places, both travel and career-wise. Some time ago I applied for a 12 month temporary vacant role in my place of work. An improvement on my current salary; a completely different department where i’d get to learn about a whole other side to my workplace; a role in which I can utilise all the skills and knowledge i’ve developed over the past four years yet still be stretched and challenged. Best of all? I will no longer have to attend all the meetings in all corners of Leeds which are currently expected of me. Can I have a giant “HURRAH” please?

Occasionally I wonder if I am making the right move. I know what I am doing in my current role. I have built strong relationships with all the people I work with, both in and out of the office. I am relied upon and am a source of assistance for many colleagues when they need something. However I have also become increasingly disenchanted over recent months, due to events which I won’t divulge here. I feel like i’ve become a bit TOO comfortable and, the fact that i’ve now found myself feeling fed up with the role I’m in, is a big indication that I should try something new. All of that is before we even consider the fact that I’m actually quite scared about the thought of having to integrate myself into a completely different team. To make new friends, and prove myself as somebody my fellow colleagues would want to work with. However if I don’t confront that fear I’ll be stuck in the same place forever, stagnating and feeling bored. If you want to go places you need to take risks. I’ve taken a lot of risks in the past. Some have worked out, a lot haven’t. But an important lesson has been learned from each and every one.

I will be on a secondment from my current role so, if the position isn’t extended at the end of 12 months, I will still have a job to go back to. However I feel that this will ultimately be the beginnings of new things for me. I have other plans in mind…other things I feel like I need to do, and to go and explore places which have been on my agenda for an indecent amount of time.

So…watch this space!

I joined TravBuddy – a website with the sole aim of bringing people together who have a passion for travel, and for them to share travel advice/stories/info with each other – a couple of weeks ago. The site has a vast number of members, all with varying levels of travel experience. Some have already been on several round the world solo trips, and have several notches in their passports. Others are building up to their maiden trip.

As well as the usual discussion forums, people can also keep blogs to record their travels. You can gain information about any travel destination; find reviews on hotels, restaurants and popular landmarks/sights; find fellow travel buddies (more on this later) and write your own reviews. There is a wealth of information available on the site, with pretty much every travel-related question i’ve had so far suitably answered by doing a simple search.

There is a strong sense of community in the forums, with everybody getting on very well. I’ve only just joined but have checked out the forums quite extensively and have yet to see any trolls or petty disagreements you usually see on these things. You can always be sure of being offered good advice in response to any queries/wonderments you post, and nobody is judgmental.

As highlighted earlier, one feature of the site is for people to connect and do some travelling together. Whether that be one complete trip, or just meeting up at a given destination and hanging out together for a while. My first post in the forums was in response to a post from a girl who was looking for somebody to travel to New York with in November. Though there’s no way I could do that, I looked at her ‘dream destinations’ list and saw we had some places in common. So, a few messages later, we have decided to meet up in Birmingham as a pre-cursor to a possible trip to Krakow if we feel we get on well enough. I’m looking forward to it.

I am more than happy to travel places on my own. I sometimes prefer it – you don’t have to compromise with anybody else, don’t have to think about anybody else or feel like you have to constantly have to be entertaining for anybody else. That might sound selfish, but that’s how it is with me 😉 However I think if you click with somebody you don’t need to worry about any of that. There is nothing better than having somebody with you during those special moments when you discover a great, unknown restaurant in your chosen destination, or experience an unforgettable sight. To turn to somebody and say “wow”, knowing that they are feeling exactly the same as you at that given moment.

So we’ll see what happens in Birmingham anyway 🙂