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Well as some of you may have seen from other posts of mine, I will be going overseas, to move, to travel, to explore, etc. Tomorrow is my last day and I am not sure why but I dont feel anything about it, maybe its just because SO much is changing, so much to think about that I have decided not to worry about it. But oh well, onto the good news....

 

I am officially retiring from IT work, tomorrow is my last day - 10 days before my 39th birthday!!! :yahoo:No idea what I will be doing with my life, but commuting, sitting in an office, having the same arguments with different companies about HA/DR and security strategies will not be it!

 

The route:-

2 weeks in Lincolnshire (best part of the trip) to see my mom before departing

2 months traveling around France (joy of having a French girlfriend)

2.5 months in Japan (taking orders ;))

2-4 weeks in Taiwan (less traveled and looks awesome)

3-4 days in Hong Kong (just because...)

30 days in Bali (well to relax of course)

 

And then finally back to France (some time in June 2018) where we will be staying for about 6-8 months while we make some money and work on our next trip :D 

 

The Datsun 240z and Ford Escort MK1 will both be getting completed and sold (sadly :(), however it does mean that I can buy a few cars in France first will be an old twingo, after that something like a 260z (not as expensive), Alfa, etc and see what life in the south of France is like.

 

All this does mean that I will become rather quiet on here, but dont forget, I will be watching............... :scare:

 

 

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Sounds like an epic journey bud, I've had the privilege of going to Hong Kong 3 times and it's amazing. If you get chance these would be my top things to do: 

 

Go to Victoria peak to see the whole of Hong Kong, take the tram up and walk back down.

 

Go to the Giant Buddha via the cablecar it's amazing!

 

The lazer/music show is on everynight at the harbour, worth seeing atleast once.

 

Go to Aberdeen harbour and take the ferry over to llama island for a good adventure trail!

 

Safe trip. :D

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Love every second of your new life and journey, G!

 

And thank you again for the white beast.

 

Keep in touch, WhatsApp, Facebook, email and most importantly here. :)

 

Enjoy!

 

P.S. 

You're only allowed to work in EU until March 2019, make some backup plans for the disaster to come! :lol::lol::lol: 

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Cheers for the advice on where to go! Happy with any additional info or hidden gems. 

 

Adrian, definitely will do.... yes beautiful disaster comes to mind. French GF helps ;) but will have other plans as well! 

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Not a bad way to retire mate that's for sure, even if it is just from IT ....... have a brilliant adventure and keep us updated

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Well done ... have a great rest of life and don't forget to tell us how great it is on the other side

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Good luck and enjoy mate! 

My Nan told me "Do everything you want while your young"

You may have got away with it at 39. Lol.

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Enjoy dude, sounds epic!

 

Post pics on your travels if you get time :)

 

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Have fun, sounds great, I hope it is all as amazing as it sounds :thumbs:

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Thanks all.... definitely will post some pictures :D

 

Last day in the office today and starting to get nervous about it now...... FINALLY!!

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Wow. Not sure I would be brave enough to do that, but then again, a lot of my friends have done exactly what you are doing. Best to do it all now before you settle down & have kids as you will have zero time to do anything like this after then.

 

Have fun! :)

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Have moved up north to my moms for a few weeks, then Im off to France :D Been more busy the last week than I have in the last while..... why is retirement so busy?

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Well, time for the update........ a bit late yes, but when you have nothing to do, you manage to be surprisingly busy ;)

 

France, Japan, Taiwan, etc last year were all awesome!! Taiwan was the pick of the bunch.... ended up having to change the end of the trip though. It was cut short, so no Indonesia and we spent 9 days in China instead. 

 

I was then back and worked for 6-7 weeks in June/July and then spent the remainder of the year in Marseille, trying to learn some French. Wow do I struggle with this!! Marseille is awesome, well the city is ok, but the nature, mountains, sea, etc is just lovely! And being able to have lunch on the balcony in December is pretty. 

 

So this year was a month in Jordan, which was quite cool, but the food was a touch boring after a week. Only so much hummus and falafels I can do! 

 

Now back in the UK, helping my mom to sell her house and move, finishing things with my ex (nearly 3 years of this sh!t)!!! But finally getting somewhere.... 

 

Hope everyone else is enjoying their lives :)

 

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Think 2.5 months in Japan stood out for me! Congrats on retiring from IT. What a weight off shoulders. I cant wait for my time to come! Good luck on your future endeavours. Sounds like a round the world trip. Throw in North America and South America then yea!

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Hahaaa.... getting there! Will see after next few months, which will be tough. 

 

May need to go back to IT for a couple of months, but will see soon. 

 

2.5 months in Japan was pretty awesome! So much to see.... we were quite rushed and still missed loads! Definitely want to go back, but in a different season, maybe autumn.

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On 28/11/2017 at 16:57, grahamc said:

I am officially retiring from IT work, tomorrow is my last day - 10 days before my 39th birthday!!! :yahoo:

 

 

Whilst looking at some UK mortality data (as you do :)),I recon median age of death in the UK will hit 90 pretty soon.

 

If you are lucky enough to retire before 40, you literally have most of your life still to live!! Bare in mind the first 20 years of your life is just learning how to live, that's an awful lot of free time!

 

Sound like your enjoying the free time, but 50 years ahead with no commitments....time to start a business, or may be three :).

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Oh most definitely.... once the travelling stops, there are a few ideas! Cars features heavily (of course) as well things like working with wood, restoring a house, building a GT40 ;) as you do!

 

For while I travel, there are a few other things including photography, but I am finding it difficult to spend time on the laptop to do the editing, etc. For forums, looking at cars, where to travel no problem, but when its associated with work, no chance. 

 

I also read a lot!

 

There is also the current hobbies of trying to learn French, violin and drawing and an avid climber :) the list goes on 

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Either way nice problem to have :).

 

I'm aiming to have our mortgage down to a reasonable level by the time I hit 40. Will allow us to drop work sessions without worrying about interest rates etc.

 

Retirement isn't on card for another 30 years though!! 

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Of course, 1st world problems really! 

 

Makes it easier that I dont have kids or permanent home. Good luck with it! 

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