My name is Edward Brewer although most people simply call me Ed. Back in 2008 at the ripe old age of 36 I decided to quit my dead-end job working behind the counter in a branch of a UK bank in Manchester and set out to do what I wanted to do – see a bit more of the world.
I am by no means a traveller and would never go as far to say that I enjoy travelling. In fact, I would consider myself nothing more than an ex-pat if someone asked me how I would describe myself. 2008 was a very bad year for me. I split up with my girlfriend of 15 years, and along with the economic downturn in the UK at the time my job was on the line and it seemed as though it was every man for himself at the bank.
I was only a counter clerk/supervisor. I didn’t join the bank to get involved with the politics or the bullsh*t of stabbing people in the back in order to advance ever so slightly in my career. I worked there to earn a half-decent wage because society told me that was what I needed to do if I wanted to have a mortgage and be a successful person; albeit a very miserable one.
One day I walked in to work to find that one of my best friends at the time had made quite a big mistake that meant the branch had lost some money to a dishonest customer, and that he had tried to blame me. I was called in to a meeting where I was told to take the rest of the day off and come back tomorrow for another meeting where I faced a chance of being suspended. I didn’t sleep much that night. Instead I did a l lot of thinking about my life and where I was at the time and where I actually wanted to be. The distance between them was so vast that I thought that I had to make some changes. I never did go to that meeting…
Deciding to move abroad and start my new life was the best decision that I ever made. I currently work as a rep at a busy bar in the tourist resort of Laganas, Zante for 9 months of the year and I absolutely love it. For the remaining 3 months of the year I come back home to Manchester and stay with my parents. I get a temporary job to save as much money as I possibly can and then three months later I go back to Laganas and do it all over again. I lead a very simple life now but I couldn’t be happer.