This Tuesday just gone marked the official start of something rather large that I have been preparing since around August of last year.

Two events occurred on Tuesday; both were linked, and both pushed towards the same end goal.

Firstly, I received a phone call from a solicitor confirming that contracts had been exchanged as part of my house sale.

This news prompted the second event:  I handed in my letter of resignation for a job I have maintained for almost 8 years.

Let me take you back a few months to explain why...

In August 2014 I came to the realisation that my house, and my job, were the only two things tying me to a relatively mediocre (although not particularly terrible) existence.  If I could shake those two things, I could create some excitement for myself, go on an adventure, and see a bit more of the world.

I discovered that I could be granted a working holiday visa for Australia, allowing me to spend a year of my life living, and working on the other side of the world.

It was a fairly easy decision to make; sell the house, quit the job, move to Oz.

It’s been a fairly frustrating few months.  Selling a house is a somewhat tedious affair, especially when there are three parties involved (shared ownership scheme requires a housing authority).  Three parties means three sets of solicitors.  Three sets of solicitors drives Tom insane.

But now, it is done.  My date of complete freedom is set for Friday 27th February 2015.

Nothing much is finalised at this point, I’m scrambling to organise things to get to Oz before 24th March 2015 (I’ll explain why at another time), but I am fairly set on a short trip to Japan to start with, followed by a couple of days in Hong Kong, and finally landing in the North East of Australia just before my 30th birthday.

This is just my way of announcing my plans, there’ll be more to tell in the coming weeks so keep coming back if you want to follow along with my journey.