Hopped into the new decade with a big party where I invited friends and the whole village.
Learned surfing, sailing, and boating. Met a guy who golfed, so learned golfing (life motto: learn till you drop).
Had a 5 year on-off relationship with him (don’t even ask!) but managed to take up traveling after almost 15 years of stuckness. Hit some Greek islands (bucket-list Santorini), Sicily, Southern England (bucket-list Scilly Islands), Mallorca and others.
Finally split up with the guy, broke with back-stabbing so-called friends, quit the unbeloved proofreading and started working remotely in Portugal, my happy place.
Life 4.0 was in full swing now!
And in 2017, finally, finally, I booked that one-way flight to Bangkok and traveled South East Asia for 14 months as a digital oldmad. Bali, Koh Pha-Ngan, Penang, KL, Chiang Mai, the Gilis, Siem Reap – you name it, I went there. A dream come true.
And thus, after a pretty long and pretty winding road, the end of my 40s finally saw me becoming the travel writer I had wanted to be since my late teens.
On New Year 2020, free like marie! was launched. Hooray and Hallelujah!
Right after this milestone, though, marie’s procrastination station took over. So again I self-sabotaged, endorsed by COVID, because who needs a travel blog in a pandemy?
Lockdown and a mastermind group finally put me back on track, and therefore you are reading those words right now. At least I hope you do.