Who's This James Markey Guy?

Age: 0
Born Aug 1991
Age: 6
First suit & briefcase
Age: 16
First job
Age: 18
Supervisor & Home Owner
Age: 20
Store Manager
Age: 24
Homeless Traveller

Hi! My name's James Paul Markey and I am an English Gentleman with high expectations for life. When life lost some of its sparkle, I quit my job and left to go travel the world.

After all, how can you know what you want in life until you know what all the options are?

Thus, after my first real adventure abroad I wrote this on the plane just before quitting my job.

I want to go exploring everywhere and be standing still nowhere.
I want to do and learn everything whilst relaxing doing nothing.

...

I want to speak and think in another language
but just talk loudly in my own when I can't quite manage.

Poetic nonsense? Perhaps. Let's rewind for a second....

For the last four years I have been fortunate enough to be a manager for Russell & Bromley, a prestigious British shoe retailer. Before that I was working for Iceland (the frozen food retailer) and worked my way from a 'Freezer Geezer' aged 16 to a Store Manager aged 20. I have always worked hard but I've been very fortunate to work with great people who have pushed me forward and extremely lucky to land a good job which pays well, has taught me a lot and I've been savvy enough to save like crazy so I could be set for life, settle down, provide for a family and retire well.

Ironically, I never even had a desire to travel before.

So why the change of heart?

One day I got a call.

Interested in working in Saudia Arabia?
Area Manager role.
Big salary increase and no tax.
I started to get excited.
I flew threw the telephone interview.
The face-to-face with the MD was scheduled.
Flew to it and then threw it.
I'm offered the job.
Contract will be drawn up and sent to me.

But I've got a great job that I enjoy.
Do I really want to give it up?
I'd never even been to the Middle East.

Quick.
Get a weekend off and book some flights.
Closest I can get is Turkey.
That'll do.

And then this happened!

This puts a smile on my face every time this photo. I'd never met any of these people before. I met James (far left) at the hostel on the first night and met Jenny, Alysha and Evelyn the next day and Thomas the morning of our Asia trip, yet I have shared some fantastic memories with all of them. Such amazing people and such luck to have met them.

Three nights in Turkey and it was amazing.
Overwhelming.
It opened my eyes to what I have been missing.
I literally cried on the flight home.
I didn't want a new job.
I wanted a new experience.
I wanted this feeling of satisfaction every week.
Could I turn down so much money to do it though?

Then I arrived home and the job fell through.
It was now or never.

I'm in a very fortunate position. I've had a good job. I've saved a lot of money and I have no commitments. If I can't drop everything and go see the world then nobody can.

I was energised by this feeling of responsibility that I just HAD to do something.

On the 4th April my first flight leaves and I will cover 6 of the world's 7 continents (Antarctica will just have to wait!) within a year, unless I get distracted. Which I will.

(update: Antarctica no longer needs to wait)

This site is where I am going to document that journey.

I hope you'll follow me on my journey.