Why I chose to move my entire life to another country, learn a new language and battle through despite Brexit, Covid and all the regular trials and tribulations of expat life. Read on to find out more about me.
4jobs since moving
78Towns visited in france
4268Approx km Cycled
Here is the sweet and short version. In 2018 I quit my job in production management in television, left Bristol and went traveling. Along the way I had many wonderful experiences and met many inspiring people. Almost all of whom could speak another language.
Reason #1 – Learn a second language.
Upon returning from my travels in Asia I decided to return to a second passion of mine – cycle touring. And proceeded to cycle through France from south to north. Along the way I bumped into reasons #2 and #3. After stoppping for a sandwich in the Loire Valley, I got chatting and was handed a business card for the cycle touring company that I would go on the work for.
Reason #2 – Find a job you are passionate about.
And upon finishing my ride in St Malo I called up a man I’d met in Asia, knowing he lived somewhere in Brittany. He said “Don’t move. I’m coming to see you.” And showed up to my hotel 30 mintues later.
Reason #3 – Fall for someone you love.
After that, as they say, whoever they are, the rest is history.
What am I up to?
I work seasonally for a cycle touring company in Brittany and Normandy. As a cycle tour guide, I get to combine the two things I love the most – sharing my knowledge and experience of these beautiful regions with other people and cycling.
When I’m not working, I do what I do best – travel, hike, bike and write.
I live on a farm in a fairly remote area of the Côtes-d’Armor. Which suits me down to the ground. I’m in the countryside, not too far from the coast and living on a dairy farm is like having lots of interesting pets without any of the responsibility. We have cows, chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits and cats.
Because I work in the summer and have time off in the winter. I really have to make the most of the few hours of good weather we get here from December to February. We do get excellent weather in the spring and summer but all of the things I enjoy the most involve going outside. So, I’ve learnt how to gear up and go with it. Winter cycling can be really invigorating!