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‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.’ – Mark Twain

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to The Bahn we go...

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to The Bahn we go...

After what feels like months and months (probably because it has been) of going in and out of various embassies around Dublin trying to obtain visas as if they were as rare as hens teeth, using Google translate to translate websites in order to ascertain if trains in Asia really do take as long as they seem to make out and being on and off the phone to Air Canada’s UK (supposedly) call centre trying to reduce down the number of flights necessary to reach far flung corners of the globe, it’s time as old Mark above there would say to ‘throw off the bowlines’. I can’t wait. It’s been months of planning, months of working out in the airport and months of studying and college-work. So many people have helped this whole thing come together – although I still inwardly wonder if actually, it has come together or if I’m still just imagining things a little.

I’ve got my little laptop packed already and I’ll try keep everyone updated from afar with stories, pictures and the inevitable ‘incidents’. In the meantime, to everyone staying in Ireland for summer, have a great summer – looking out the window right now, it’s an absolute scorcher (which probably means, since I’m leaving, it’ll continue to be hot all summer while I’ll probably arrive in monsoon season in about 90% of the countries I’m visiting). To anyone who is going away as well, watch your backs out there. Anyway, no matter what everyone’s doing, keep in touch!

Which brings me onto the topic of leaving comments on this site – I’d love to hear from anyone reading so make sure to get in contact – to leave comments on the site (because I know it’s a bit cryptic), click on the title of the post or the little notepad thingy beside the title of the post and it’ll take you to a page where at the bottom, you can write in a little comment. I’ll try to reply as much as I can. Failing that, e-mail’s always good too, write to me at andrew [at] and I’ll do my best to reply! Needless to say I’m already kacking it over bumping into a bunch of knick-knacks abroad but what can you do, it’s all part of the experience.

So that’s it, it’s going to be a wild summer and I’m looking forward to every minute of it – so until then,
Peace out!

Reformed backpacker & former ultra-cheap traveller, Andy now atones for his past by overspending on premium travel experiences and failing at making the most of the miles & points game. Former expat now returned to Ireland, he is a product manager by day, and travel aficionado by evening and weekend.