I have an announcement.
First, I could start by apologising for not posting in two weeks, but I’m not going to. It’s all part of the announcement, you see.
I don’t really know where to start because I don’t really remember how it all started in the first place. The past couple of months have been laden with decisions, highs and lows, and they have led to this very point.
The point where I have quit my job.
The point where I fly out to Barcelona in a month’s time.
The point where, as of next month, I will be a freelance writer hopping between the UK and Spain.
Yes, in a strange series of events that have felt extremely surreal and just plain weird, I have quit my job and taken a pay cut to do something I love.
At the start of the year my boyfriend and I had a conversation about living abroad or at least leaving the country for a while to see more of the world. Of course, I loved this idea, but it seemed like a bit of a pipe dream at the time. I had only been in my job as a Community Manager for a few months, and my boyfriend was in the middle of a difficult course and running a language school.
Fast forward a couple of months where we were still having the conversation about moving abroad and we were actually getting serious about it. We decided on Spain because I can speak a bit of Spanish and there are a lot of jobs teaching English there for my boyfriend. Plus, it’s close to home and not too big a first step.
Fast forward another couple of months and my boyfriend was getting interviews left, right, and centre for jobs he had applied for in Spain. At this point we were set on making the change, and it was just a case of slotting things into place.
Where in Spain?
Igualada. You’ve probably never heard of it, right? It’s a small town just outside of Barcelona with wide boulevards lined with colourful flowers, and plazas popping up around every twist and turn.
Admittedly, we haven’t been to visit yet, despite my boyfriend’s contract being signed. But, on Google Street View it looks very nice… That’s a perfectly legit way to check out a place you’re going to be spending a lot of time in, right?
From what I’ve learned about it, it’s quiet enough to be the perfect backdrop for writing but close enough to the hubbub of Barcelona to feel like you’re not living out in the sticks. Plus, Barcelona is a city I absolutely love and I can’t wait to explore it further!
I love Barcelona
What exactly will I be doing?
Well, I’ll still be a UK resident with my home still in Brighton, but I’ll be spending weeks at a time out in Spain.
Because I can. Because I’ll be my own boss.
Yes, that’s right, I’m going freelance. I’ll be writing travel, art, and culture articles for various sites and publications, concentrating more on this blog, as well as my newer venture, Wanderarti. I’ll be managing social media for small companies, and I’ll be branching out into different media. Did someone say videos?
I’m also in the middle of writing a novel and I hope that the extra time I’ll have available means I can finally get it finished.
I’ll be getting my Spanish up to scratch, too. I’ve been learning for two years now, and hope to accelerate the learning process by being surrounded by native speakers. Yes, I am aware that Igualada is in Catalunya, which means they speak Catalan. I’m still a tiny bit in denial.
What does this mean for the blog?
This means great, great things for Wanderful World. I’ll have more time to focus on all the ideas I have but haven’t had the time to execute. You can expect e-books, travel-inspired fiction, videos, and tons more great content about this crazy ol’ world.
There will, of course, be a heavy focus on Spain, as I plan on doing a LOT of exploring, eating, visiting attractions, meeting locals, and trying new things. Make sure you’re following along on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Instagram, as they’ll be jam-packed full of content from my time spent in Spain.
Barcelona is also a great hub for exploring the rest of Europe, and without the need to book time off work and limited annual leave, I’ll be able to fly off whenever I want to discover new places.
I’m very excited. And also absolutely terrified at the same time.
I know I have written in the past about quitting your job to travel. This isn’t really the same, though, I don’t think. I won’t be hitting the road indefinitely, and I’ll still be in the UK regularly. I’m keeping my home. I’m just choosing to work for myself instead of someone else. I’m choosing to focus on doing the things I love the most, even if that means taking a pay cut. I’m choosing to grab the opportunity with both hands and not let go!
It may not work for everyone, but it’s the right decision for me. For now. I think.