This month we asked our #travelsisters to share their stories of love on the road and we were overwhelmed with the response! Here, Aussie Rebecca Kroegel tells us how gallstones forced her to cancel her travel plans to Japan. But, somehow, this threw her right into the arms of the man of her dreams.
“I met my current partner in Australia just as I had booked a one-way ticket to Japan to start a new job. He had just moved to Sydney from London and was excited about starting a career Down Under.
It looked like it wasn’t going to work between us but we hung out and enjoyed each other’s company and eventually fell in love.
I was still determined to travel but fate drew that away from me. I got gallstones 2 weeks before flying to Japan. 8 hours before my flight, I cancelled it. I had no house, bed or job. He let me stay with him despite the fact that I was about to leave him broken hearted to travel. He supported my dreams.
It was only meant to be for a few weeks but somehow I never moved out. We were still unsure of where the relationship was going because he wanted to stay in Sydney and I wanted to go travelling.
I managed to get a well-paying job that allowed me to save and during that time our relationship grew and he started to change his mind (it may have been the continuous travel talk from me, or the secret beautiful images of places around the world I kept showing him!) but he agreed to quit his job and we ended up traveling around Vietnam for 3 months on motorcycles and have not been back to Australia since.
While I was devastated at the time to cancel my flights to Japan, I’m sure glad I did now. Sometimes fate will pick who you end up with.”
Rebecca is a graphic designer from Sydney, Australia, who developed the travel bug after high school. Soon after that, she decided to move to London on a Working Holiday Visa which is when the travel bug sunk inside of her and never escaped. She has made the big decision to combine her love of graphic design and travel, and she blogs on A Creative Nomad. You can also follow Rebecca on Twitter and Facebook.
Big thank you to Bec for this heartwarming story! Check out more real-life travel romances or join our #travelsisters community and share your stories!