My husband and I, both in our late thirties, have made a major decision.
In 2008, one year after getting married, my husband and I moved to Mumbai, India to work as Media Directors in an advertising agency. We’d both spent over ten years working in London and as keen travellers the opportunity of working in Asia was too good to be missed.
After 16 months I fell pregnant and we decided to relocate back to the UK, basing ourselves in Swansea where my husband’s family are from. Gower is a beautiful place with unspoilt beaches, country pubs and friendly people and we had hoped to settle there long term and enjoy a slower pace of life.
We’d accepted that the job market in Wales would be very different from London but my husband found it frustratingly difficult to find a fulfilling job that he could consider as a long-term role.
We both missed the vibrancy of living in Asia (and the weather), so after many months of debating we have decided to take the bull by the horns, follow our gut instinct and leave the UK. We’ve packed our life into boxes, bought a return ticket to Singapore and have the Rough Guide to SE Asia tucked in our back pocket.
What we do know is that we will be able to enjoy quality time as a family. What we don’t know is where this journey will end or what we will end up doing.
This blog is a diary of the highs, lows and experiences of backpacking around SE Asia with our baby – a topic we found very little information on when planning the trip. I hope that our experiences and top tips will help others who are considering their own adventure.
If you are planning a trip and have any questions feel free to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. I will respond as soon as I’m based in an area with wifi.