I realised I’ve never just sat here and chatted to you guys. Forgot about SEO (blogger term for the actual bane of my life) and what might get the most traffic and just, y’know, talked.
These type of posts are some of my favourites to read. I love being able to feel like I’m getting to know bloggers. It starts to feel like we’re old friends rather than just someone I stalk on the Internet…
I know this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but if it’s yours, go grab a cuppa (see what I did there..), get comfy and let’s chat.
A little word of warning, this turned out to be a lot more negative than I wanted. It does finish a little bit cheerier so hang on in there. I promise my life isn’t all doom and gloom.
Currently living in limbo.
I guess the biggest thing that’s happened to me lately is unemployment. About four weeks ago, the school I was working at ended for the summer, and so did my job.
That probably makes it sound waaayyy more dramatic than it is. I knew it was going to happen – I mean I purposely searched for jobs that only had 1-year contracts, so I knew before I even applied that I’d be leaving.
That still doesn’t mean I feel any less weird about my current state of unemployment.
I’ve never been in this place before. I’ve always had my next step ready and waiting for me the minute my previous one ended so right now I’m feeling very much lost.
If you’ve been following me for any amount of time you may be screaming at your computer (or phone) right now, “But Chloe that was your choice so you could go travelling!”
And well, you’re not wrong. I don’t regret my choice in any way, but when you’re sat at home with nothing to do day in, day out and not actually travelling anywhere, it’s very easy to start feeling a little bit sorry for yourself.
I’m bored. So incredibly bored. As much as I love my hometown because y’know, it’s home, there’s zero to do here. I miss having a purpose. Getting up, going to work, and coming home feeling like you’ve achieved something. Even if work was super shit that day at least you’ve left the house and actually done something with your time.
And because of the whole saving money for travel on top of the unemployment situation, I don’t currently have very much money to spend on entertaining myself.
That’s also something that’s very new to me that I don’t like. Since the summer I left college, I’ve worked. Not a lot admittedly, (I took full advantage of a zero hour contract during university), but I’ve always had a source of income.
While I’ve managed to save up quite a lot of money to fund my travels for the next year, the thought of not knowing when and where my next paycheck will come from is quite unsettling.
Next up, travel.
So I did promise you this wouldn’t all be doom and gloom because hello, IM ON A GAP YEAR!
Except I really don’t like to call it that because I think it makes me sound like a bright-eyed 18-year-old about to go get wasted at a full moon party.
I’ve decided to use the phrase ‘year out’ – although maybe that makes me sound a little pretentious… I dunno, I’m just gunna go with it.
I’m not gunna bore you with the details because that’s basically what my whole blog is about. If you do want to know more about my travels you can read all about them here, here and possibly here. But to cut a long story short I am going interrailing around Europe with my boyfriend, Mark.
I am beyond excited to get on that plane in less than 2-weeks time. As much as I don’t like to wish my life anyway, I really really wish it would come sooner.
Right now though, I’m spending a good deal of time day-dreaming about where I want to go after interrailing. Is that bad?
South Africa is currently top of my list, but I’d also be up for anything in Central or South America too.
I also love that the next trip is gunna be a bit more last-minute than our interrailing one. I don’t want to book anything until I know I have the money to fund it so I’m excited to just find whatever cheap deal is out there and go with it!
I also want to try to see more of the UK while I’m at home as well. Travelling is travelling whether you get on a plane or not in my opinion.
We’ve got a cute little weekend in Manchester booked already. (How I live in the north and have never properly explored Manchester is beyond me!) But I’d also love to see a lot more of Scotland, including heading back to the Moray Coast at some point.
While you’re here if you have any tips for Manchester or must visit places in the UK would be fabulous.
Okay, so I don’t really how to end this post. How do people end these things?
Did you enjoy this? I mean I hope you say yes because I actually really enjoyed writing it.
Is there anything else you want to know about me? I’m not sure what I actually have and haven’t said about myself on this blog. Sometimes I forget that you guys don’t actually know me!
If you haven’t been here much before please do have a read through some of my other posts. And also let me know what you think. What you like, what you don’t like, what you want to see more of?
All my love,