British-born, from Sunny (I wish!) Manchester in the industrial heartland of the North West. I have been assisting Industrial, Oil & Gas manufacturing companies to develop their businesses for over 25 years. I have a mechanical engineering background and since 2003 as an expat in the United Arab Emirates. I have been travelling across the Middle East to areas such as Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt etc. & in safer times, Yemen & Syria.
The Oil industry crisis has left so many with limited work options, including myself. We decided rather than struggle on where the cost of living is very high, we would embark on our travels. Starting in South East Asia we are making our way around the region whilst setting up this site and other business interests. We realised the rent we pay in the UAE per month could keep the 4 of us comfortably in many Asian countries with change to spare.
After many years of accumulating nice furnishings, we have decided to sell everything. The few sentimental keepsakes, we have placed in long-term storage. We aim to travel with two suitcases, two backpacks & a travel buggy (or ‘stroller’).
In March 2017 our children, when we set off, will be 2 years 10 months (Amelie) & 1-year-old (Soraya). Personally and professionally this is the right time to do this before the next milestone, when we will have to consider schooling be it traditional or Home-schooled.