92 days before we leave for Singapore

A post by Adam

It feels like the journey is still so far away but in reality, 92 days will come around in no time at all. We’re both only have a few weeks of work left before we finish for the summer. As well as work, we are in the process of selling most of our furniture and belongings and saving money. Our house is already looking much emptier. The TV and Ikea furniture have all gone. We still need to sell our car, some more furniture and generally declutter. It feels liberating, removing all of these unnecessary items from my life.

Over the last few weeks, I have really started to come to terms with the decisions I have made in the last 12 months. Leaving the Military is a huge decision to make. One that I did not make without giving it some long, meaningful thought but having this journey to look forward to makes the decision worth it. 

As much as I am looking forward to setting off on our journey, I am thoughtful of what will face us when we return. Our plan is to settle back in the UK after our journey. This part of our future is something that is easy to gloss over, especially when we have so much to look forward to on the road in the coming months but I’ve always been somebody with some sort of plan, with a vision for my future. Quitting my job to go on a cycle tour with my wife isn’t a typical future career. At some point, our savings will deplete and I will need to find work. 

As somebody that is leaving the Army, I have spent more and more time recently on LinkedIn. After browsing through peoples career posts, I decided to write my own:

Future Career as a Photographer

Being creative and living a life of adventure and travel is so important to me, I don’t want to sacrifice this to take a standard City job. Putting a suit on to go to work each day is my idea of hell. Having had the excitement that the military has to offer for a career, I want to continue to get more of that. To be outdoors, to work with like-minded individuals and companies on creative projects. I believe I have the ability to make a career from photography and adventure. It’s going to take lots of hard work but I’m ready for it. Even though my future career is one that is uncertain, competitive and far from secure, this excites me.

Due to our savings, we are in a position where we can afford to not work during the journey. I plan to spend the time on the cycle trip practising in the best way possible. By taking photos and telling our story to you.

You can check out some of my photographs at http://adamhugill.com/gallery/There will be plenty more to come over the next 12 months, that’s for sure.

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