So, some news dear readers and friends.
After 7 years, I am leaving Edinburgh- the city I have proudly called my home.I’ve served notice at my day job at MVA – fyi , I was doing social media consultancy for charities , 6 days a month. They are gutted.I am gutted to be severing links with them after working with them for 3 years.It was the best place I’ve worked in, pay was good and my colleagues were also good friends. Rare thing.Without their support and that job , I would not have realised my dream of becoming a full-time travel blogger.
Time to downsize
Over the last few days I started the ambitious task of downsizing my life into a suitcase and just a backpack.It’s something we all go through at some point in our lives.It may seem sad to let go of all the things you love but in many ways , it’s liberating. Letting go. I am an accumulator. I’ve accumulated a whole ton of shit over the years. Every time I’ve moved house, I’ve wondered how the hell did I gather all this ‘stuff’. I’ve wanted to do this for years. This was the perfect excuse.
So where do I go from here?
16th May, 2012.I am heading to Berlin for the launch party of Hostel One’s new luxury hostel, then on 18th I am heading for 5 days, stateside to Florida as a guest of Visit Florida and Virgin AtlanticItinerary is top secret so I can’t tell much now so keep glued to Twitter for updates… My first trip to the States so wow, I am excited. Then I’m off to New York and Boston to be reunited with my family after 6 years plus I’ll be seeing my new niece-exciting. I’m back in Edinburgh in the beginning of June for a few days to say my final farewells and work before embarking on my epic 1 month Luxury Hostels tour through Europe courtesy of Interrail.
After that, I am wondering-where shall I go next?
I like the idea of chilling in Berlin for a few weeks but am totally open to ideas.
As long as its Europe.
Where should I go?
I’ll be hitting India in the winter. I’ll be slow travelling my way around Europe for the next few months-that’s the plan.As much as I love living in Scotland and Edinburgh, I’ve seen a steady increase in the cost of living in the UK. Despite the recession, I’ve seen the cost of key things like food and energy prices shoot up.I don’t have much faith in the government to change things. In fact anywhere you look in Europe, it’s not pretty. Add up the cost of living in Edinburgh: Rent, council tax, energy bills which are getting ridiculous, guilty pleasures like going for a nice meal, few drinks and even modest things like a cinema ticket- on a travel bloggers modest income, its difficult. How people on minimum wage or on benefits can survive in this country- I really don’t know…
The one thing I miss about life in India and Kolkata especially is that no matter how low or high your disposable income is, you can still go out and eat like a king. So wherever I am going, the food has to kick ass and not rip a big hole in my pocket. I like a decent but not too expensive pint so I might check out my my Cheap Beer Index to get some ideas of where to go 🙂 It would be nice to have some sunshine and warmth, a sunny summer after 13 years of freezing my butt off in Scotland. Plus if the rent and bills were not too high, that would be great.
Not much to ask? Haha. Ah yes, the country must have a good network of cafes and bars that offer decent, free wifi. That’s all Genie.
I’ll miss you Edinburgh definitely.
You are one of my greatest loves.
No matter where I go in the world, there will be always a part of you in my heart.
7 years is a long time to spend in one city . Still, I can honestly say having visited some beautiful places in the world, everytime I come back to Edinburgh, moment the castle comes into view, lit up in the dark late at night, I still get goosebumps. My travelling has become more and more frequent in the past few months. Still, whenever I come back to Edinburgh I can ease into it’s daily rhythms like easing into a pair of old worn slippers.
I’ll miss those daily rhythms when I travel.
I ‘ll miss pottering around the Farmers Markets on the weekend, going for my favourite ramble up the Water of Leith, checking out the latest exhibitions at some of the city’s world class art galleries.
I’ll miss going up the Mile on a late summers evening and observing dusk from the Castle.
Sitting on a roadside café on the Mile and watching the world go by.
I’ll miss having my fish supper from Bene’s and sitting on the bench with my best mate Sid and talking absolute shite, having the best laugh.
Busting a gut and climbing Arthurs Seat to get an amazing panoramic view of the Forth River to one side and Fife on a clean sunny day.
I could write a book about all the things I’ll miss about Edinburgh.
One day, you never know…
So, you ask me, why if I love the city so much, am I leaving Edinburgh?
As my friend pointed out to me this week, ‘Are you having an early mid-life crisis Kash?”
Seriously, I don’t know. As much as I love Edinburgh, I find the more I time I spend time on the road, the more I find it difficult the juggling act of balancing my life as a travel blogger, my consultancy work and also finding time to spend with friends.
It takes a toll on you, juggling all these balls and having all these multiple identities.
I’ve been immensely inspired by the nomadic travels of fellow travel bloggers- I know it’s not easy but with a bit of organisation, focus, it can be done and is achievable.
It’s a challenge. I’m ready for it.
It will be interesting to see how I get on. It’s a lifelong dream that I am in many ways fulfilling. So, it promises to be an interesting few months ahead.Plus more I travel , means more stories and inspiration from the road for you. Plus I’ll be in Europe rather than on the fringe.
I think it’ll be a blast-what do you think?