This time last year, she was living in Sydney, working long hours to create the life she wanted for her and Emmie. But her hard work meant they weren’t spending nearly enough time together.
“I compensated for my long hours in the office by taking Emmie overseas every few months, but it just wasn’t enough,” Farrell writes in a piece for The Huffington Post.
“After a cheap holiday in Malaysian Borneo, I realised we could travel long-term in Asia for much less than it cost to live at home. And we would be together.”
A trip to the Chocolate Hills which are not so chocolatey this time of year but still a fab view of these lovely domes popping up across the land as far as we could see. We’ve been away just over a week now and while I know there’ll be highs and lows to come over the weeks and months ahead I just am overwhelmed with how amazing it feels to be following my dream and spending this special time with Emmie. I can feel my heart and my stomach swirling with happiness and I had a little tear while she slept in the tricycle as we scooted through little towns and jungles and along the coast. I am so lucky to be able to do this, and so, so, grateful that we took this leap and that so many people supported our dream to do it – my family, friends, Em’s dad and even her old principal who told me I was doing a great thing for Emmie with this trip. I’ve quickly switched my focus from the corporate ‘measures of success’ to ‘measures of happiness’ – it’s really not about success or money, is it? It’s all about the HAPPY! And we’re having so much of that. Emmie is just a little ball of joy and daring and the Philippines is full of such wonderful, caring people all working hard to make a living but still friendly, polite and helpful – and of course the scenery and beaches are divine. We are in our little room at the pension, Emmie is snoring beside me and I’m just so HAPPY!!
So she started to plan. She decided to spend the money she’d been saving to redo her kitchen on a year-long adventure.
“After buying insurance and flights, fixing up the house for rent and having a month off work before we left, I had $20,000 to pay for our travels for a year―a fraction of what I was spending at home, but enough to support us in Asia,” writes Farrell.