We first met back in June of 2015, with our lives at the time going in completely different directions to one another. Adam was working at music events which meant he was away from Cheshire (where we were both living) for a lot of the time & afterwards went off to work in Whistler, Canada. I was working away, trying to build my career but was planning on taking a month off towards the end of the year to take my first ever solo trip.
Making It Work
Our first 10 months of knowing one another involved making a lot of effort to see each other between all of the other stuff that was going on. The point was that we did make an effort, a big one in fact & when we were in different countries made time to video call a lot to keep our relationship alive. We spontaneously & very romantically decided to fly all the way to New York, me from the UK & Adam from Canada for a date weekend & that was when our relationship became well & truly solidified.
Deciding To Travel
After I had finished my month solo trip in Colombia & Adam had returned to the UK from Canada we decided that we would take the leap & quit life as we knew it to go travelling full-time. We both started to save with the aim for me to quit my long-term job by the end of 2017. I had travelled a lot before so although this thought was quite daunting for me in my 30’s I had the confidence that everything would work out for the best. Adam had not fallen in love with travelling until his late 20’s & had only been on shorter trips so the prospect of travelling together, full-time was both scary & very exciting!
After visiting Cuba in the spring of 2015 I had decided that one day I would like to go back & cycle around the very interesting & vibrant island. I put this idea to Adam & to my delight he was totally up for it! We both talked through our trip, including what we both wanted from it & how long we would be gone for, for which we planned a rough 6 months & went ahead & booked a one way ticket to Havana, Cuba. We stopped by Toronto as that worked out best for connections, we have a friend there & we managed to pick up a couple of second-hand bikes which we used for our cycling trip!
We soon found our groove as a travel couple through the good, the bad & the ugly our relationship went from strength to strength as by spending each day together we got to know each other inside out, the ups & the downs & truly fell in love. We spent a total of 7 weeks in Cuba which was a huge learning curve for us both, starting by learning Spanish in Havana & then cycling all the way down to Trinidad. We then soaked up the colour, food & culture of Mexico & hung out amongst the mountain clad lakes & colonial cities in Guatemala. After this we were flew up to Canada to spend 6 months in Whistler, where Adam returned to his job from his winter season & we spent our time exploring the beautiful mountains, camping on Vancouver island & road tripping over to Alberta. We ended our travels in Colombia, the country I had taken my solo trip in & that I couldn’t wait for Adam to see; full of stunning scenery & culture, Adam as I wished, was as blown away by its vibe as I was the first time I visited.
Adam absolutely blew me away when we took a road trip for British Columbia to Alberta in Canada & visited Lake Louise in Banff. We took a hike to the Beehive, a peak which looms right over the gorgeous, bright blue, glacial fed Lake Louise & Adam asked me to marry him! The setting could have not been any more perfect & they do say when you know, you know & boy are they right. When you find that person that makes you feel like you are top of the world & he proposes on top of the world, there is no more telling than that very moment!
Our Love Of Adventure
I mean we were both pretty adventurous people before we travelled together but the more our trip went on, the more adventures we seemed to find, we just couldn’t get enough of them & to be completely honest we still can’t. What we have really discovered, together is that travel & adventure is what really makes us tick & that’s what brings us to Destination Addict. We set up our travel blog with the aim to share with family & friends what we were up to & now we want nothing more than to share that with anyone who is awesome enough to visit & read our blog in the hope that we pass on some inspiration for our readers to get out there & explore too!
One question we are asked by some people is what we are going to do in the future. You know what our answer is? We are doing exactly what we want to be doing right now & we are so happy about that! Our values have shifted after travelling long-term & those material things that seemed so important before just don’t enter our minds anymore. What we value now is experience, we value adventure & our aim is to seek that out wherever we go & share as much as we can with our readers, we may not know what the “future” holds but we know for damn sure that no matter we’re going to ENJOY IT!
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We REALLY hope we pass some inspiration on!
Kelly & Adam x