GOODBYE AND HELLO: PART 2





5/4/2018



I guess deciding to leave during the start of the Easter holidays may not have been financially the best idea. Let me tell you travelling during peak holiday season is EXPENSIVE!





This is where Airbnb has been a life saver. I actually managed to find some reasonably priced accommodation in central Malaga. If you're looking to cut costs for your holiday, I definitely recommend Airbnb. It's like a home away from home and you can get £25 off your first booking here. If we didn't have the baby I would be willing to take more risks but I'm definitely more cautious so only looked at apartments that had a significant amount of positive reviews.So far, I've booked about 8 weeks worth of accommodation through Airbnb as the longer you stay, the cheaper it gets. I then came across a website called Workaway.info and omg, I'm in love with this website. It's for travellers who are willing to volunteer for approximately 3-5 hours a day in exchange for accommodation and food which is perfect for us because what we really need is to drastically reduce our outgoings but still have enough time to work on our businesses and explore the local surroundings.



There are thousands of opportunities if you're open minded and fairly flexible. It's a bit more difficult to find opportunities when you are travelling with a baby so we got a few rejections but I've manage to secure 3 workaway placements for us so far which should hopefully cover us till November. We also decided that we would both complete TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) courses so that we both could teach English if we needed to. It's a skill that is hugely in demand across the world, especially in Spain where you need English to a certain level in order to pass your degree. AJ will be doing an intensive course in Malaga and I'm doing the course online. So anyway, all of that done and we were pretty much ready to go. We spent some time with our friends and family and had a leaving party on our final Saturday in England. On the Sunday we cleared out the flat as much as we could, went out for dinner with family friends and went to my mums where we spent till 2am trying to cram everything into our 1 suitcase, 2 carry on cases, travel cot and rucksacks.



I can't lie, packing was stressful and we definitely need to reduce all we have again because it's still way more than ideal. But we got there eventually and arrived at the airport just after 5.30am only to see the booking hall already packed with people. I was dumbfounded, it took a minute to realise that it was the first day of the Easter holidays (face palm). On top of that, our case was overweight by 1kg, listen, Ryanair do(clap) not(clap) play(clap)! There was us thinking we might get away with being slight over (side eye), it then took 45 minutes to get through security, so much for the relaxing sit down breakfast we usually have before a flight. We grabbed a sandwich only to see that our flight was on final call (panic mode enabled), we had to run for the last few 100metres but we got to the gate just on time only to be directed to the wrong plane (face palm again). Re-routed, one dropped sandwich later and we were onboard......and breathe.



The flight was great, we all slept, including Taji who was asleep before we took off and didn't wake up till when we were landing. We actually spent a good 1 1/2 hours in the airport after landing. For the first time in I don't know how long there was no pressure or need to rush so we took our time and we've been taking our time ever since. I'm not sure if we've got out of bed before 10am even once since we've been here in the last week. I've felt slightly guilty at times but man it feels so good and we'll do all we can to keep it this way. For all of you who have been asking, we are well, we've had colds but I guess we can blame that on the change of environment. We have no real complaints, just trying to take it all in and develop a bit of a routine. I'm aiming to blog weekly on Thursdays so stay tuned for the next episode.

Love and Light,

Chi