Many a times when we are just bored of the monotonous routine ,we all think that there should be an escape for vacations ,enjoyment and what not .We make so many plans ,some of which just vanish after we realize that our duties are prioritized.
But we never go beyond the limits to get the inner peace likewise this couple had gone for fulfilling their dream..
A stock market trader from Enfield, north London ,took a decision which anyone would think twice to apply. Andre Balendo and his wife Becky are the couple in their 40s .They made a decision of going on vacations with their kids and they sold their property worth £350,000 .
They wanted their kids to get the knowledge of know-how of the life and the best life one can have . With their kids Rico and Tiana they would travel 13 countries in South America and Asia.
Andre has a different outlook ,he said: “Working long hours stuck in front of six monitor screens, studying graphs and looking at news can become very lonely and extremely depressing.
“It became suffocating. We needed a change and needed to do something different.
“I wanted to show our children there is more to life outside of suburbia.”
Further he added : “I do feel proud to have done it and it is the best £65,000 I have ever spent.
“We now have the most amazing memories to keep forever and nothing will change that.”
“I know when on my deathbed, I’ll have a head full of amazing experiences and memories and won’t have any regrets to what we sacrificed to make them happen.”
Its been 9 years that Andre worked as a trader in London when he met his wifey who worked as PA from South Africa.
After those long working years they wanted a break indeed.
They started their trip from Malaysia and the Philippines where they
climbed the 4,100m tall Mount Kinabalu, enjoyed their turtle conservation work, and also volunteered in animal sanctuaries.
Further they headed towards Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan.
The curious traveler said: “Another volunteering opportunity arose in Japan, this time for me to dust of my boots and help coaching football at an academy.”
“We lived with a Japanese family who had three small children. Food and board was provided in exchange for our help – me coaching football, and Becky helping around the house.”
“Christmas was spent in Tokyo with an old friend of mine and his family, from my home town Enfield, North London.”
For the next few months they put the halt in Colombia, Ecuador and fun exploring the beautiful Amazon and also they – where they explored the Amazon and trekked the Andes – Peru, and Bolivia.
Andre said the highlights of their stint in South America were a three day, 40km hike in the Andes mountains to Lake Quilotoa, in Ecuador, and visiting Machu Picchu.
The last point of their trip was capital of San Jose, where they boarded a flight for home and returned Cape Town on October 29.
He explains his experience as he says some of the realities and confessed likewise:
“It is very difficult being together, just the four of us 24/7. No one gets any personal space at all”, .
“To be honest living out of bags, having cold showers, long bus journeys and constantly moving and not having familiar surroundings got draining.”
“But the amazing experiences that we had cancel out the negatives.”
The family are now renting a fully-furnished family home while they get back on their feet.
Rico and Tiana-Mae will start back at school in a few weeks time.
“It already feels like a distant dream but we have a different outlook on life now and we are all better people for it.” He added.