Finding your passion in Peru
One day a guy walked in to Intrepid’s London store, while simultaneously a girl in Sydney booked her tour of Peru. What comes next is a romantic tale that Holly Howard will be able to tell the grand kids…
“I was at a stage in my life where I wanted to shake things up a bit. I was in a job I didn’t particularly enjoy, at the end of a relationship and living in a flat that I no longer liked. I also just turned 30, so thought it was the perfect milestone to ‘up-stumps’ and see more of the world. South America seemed like an exotic destination, full of history and not yet overrun by tourists – a place where I might even have an ‘epiphany on a mountain top’ about what I should do with my life.
It was scary arriving in Peru on my own and not knowing who I was going to be spending the next 2 weeks with. However, once I met up with my Intrepid tour group in Lima, I knew everything was going to fine. I was meeting a group of like-minded travellers who would become life-long friends. We shared the same humour and lust to see the world, and one guy in particular seemed to really ‘get me’… soon we became inseparable.
As we trekked the Inca Trail together, we just naturally gravitated towards each other. We didn’t stop chatting and laughing the entire climb.
By the end of our trip we realised our feelings for each other, and on the last night of the Inca Trail (when we were euphoric with our trek achievement and dizzy with tiredness), we had our first kiss on a mountaintop – in a way he was the epiphany I had been looking for that changed my life forever.
Needless to say this trip has had a huge impact on my everyday life! After travelling across more of the world together, we decided to move in to Steve’s house in London, which meant I moved countries. It was a gamble that paid off. The wonderful adventures continued and we finally embarked on our big life journey together… marriage. And more recently, we have just welcomed our first baby into the world!”
Photo: Holly and Steve get engaged in Iceland.