1 year living outside the comfort zone
1 man, 1 completely new thing a week
1 career break with a difference!
Taking a year off was the best decision I ever made

Taking a year off was the best decision I ever made

Today marks one year since I gave up my job, home and cosy social world. That was a hard move for a borderline-workaholic materialistic socialite. 365 days on, my approach to life has changed completely.

Weekly Challenge #32: Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls is the penultimate stop on a 7 month journey which has brought me all the way from Canada to one of the 7 wonders of the world.

A Tango odyssey: 1 week to learn tango

As we glided across the floor, I looked down into my wife's eyes and smiled. "We're dancing the Tango in a Buenos Aires Tango club", I whispered. We giggled in disbelief. Thanks to Tango week, I had completed another experience that I NEVER would have tried without My Year In Flux.

Everyone hates a wine buff

Wine week. Conclusions. Good? Good, bad, weird. Advice for readers? Beware the Malbec spell. If it looks like my writing style has altered, perhaps it’s down to the state in which I have been left by all the fermented grape juice I disappeared during a week focused almost exclusively upon wine. Like a gibbering old...
Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats: Bolivia in a nutshell

Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats: Bolivia in a nutshell

Traveling the Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia is, at times, a bruising, spartan experience; but the 3-4 day jeep tour (which has become Bolivia’s number 1 tourist attraction) also exposes you to breathtaking sights, as natural wonder after natural wonder drifts past the window of your dusty, uncomfortable jeep. This pleasure-pain combination would...

Weekly Challenge #27: live like a Gaucho

For our second week in Argentina, we headed south west of Buenos Aires to volunteer on an Estancia (Argentinian ranch) set in the remote, flat, endless pampas. With my wife being the world’s biggest horse fan it was an opportunity for her to see how horses live in this gaucho (cowboy) culture. For me, the...

The Inca Trail: lost city, very much found

My 21st Weekly Challenge coincided with us having reached Peru on our travels through the Americas, so there only seemed one real challenge to take on…to walk the ancient Inca Trail to the famous lost city of Machu Pichu. Well, I did it, saw it and got the photo, and now I want to share...

Weekly Challenge #21 Walk the Inca Trail

This week I am in Peru to take on the mighty Inca Trail. 4 days of gruelling uphill hiking, giddy altitude and freezing temperatures, with one incredible prize at the top: the ancient Incan city of Machu Pichu. Image courtesy of Alfredo Miguel Romero Sure, Peru’s Inca Trail to Machu Pichu might be the most...

Weekly Challenge #18: extreme sports

As my travels in South America have this week conveniently brought me to the home of extreme sports in Colombia, San Gil, I’ve decided to spend Weekly Challenge #18 trying a couple of the different extreme sports thrills on offer here. Sometimes travel can throw up these odd opportunities… Having a dabble with thrill-seeking might...

How not to learn to surf

My 15th weekly challenge (yeesh where has the time gone) involved spending some time flailing around in the pacific ocean waves at Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, trying to learn how to surf. The reasons I chose surfing as a Weekly Challenge are obvious – it’s cool and exhilarating with a dash of danger, pretty much...
Turtle conservation in Costa Rica: escapism at its best

Turtle conservation in Costa Rica: escapism at its best

Turtle conservation in Costa Rica. Yes, I have saved leatherback turtles. Now this is the kind of week I had in mind when My Year In Flux began and I took the decision to undertake a new challenge every seven days, journeying to a remote, electricity-free (sounds as good as fat-free, doesn’t it?!) corner of...

The Pacific Coast Highway stole my week

Sometimes you can strive so hard for something that you don’t even realise when it’s staring you in the face. By committing to writing this blog during a year of uncertainty and novelty, I’ve effectively set the challenge of not only living a year in flux, but documenting it as well. Clearly there are going...