Hi. We’re Nicky and Aaron Hill, based in Northants, England when we’re not exploring elsewhere. We are originally from Cambridge, England and Lisburn, Northern Ireland respectively, and have had quite the individual journeys before the threads of our personal travels collided and entwined.
We first met in Russia (on a charity cycle from St. Petersburg to Moscow), then spent a few years flying back and forth across the Irish sea, until Aaron finally made the permanent move to England. We got engaged at the Torres del Paine massif in southern Chile (the proposal accompanied with a ring fashioned from scavenged parts of the Patagonian wilderness) and later married in a small humanist ceremony on Arran Island, Scotland. We honeymooned in Borneo, sleeping in hammocks in the jungle and climbing Mt. Kinabalu. It’s been a whirlwind and a pleasure.
We’ve had many wonderful and life changing trips together, including but not limited to trekking in Nepal, Morocco, Iceland, Argentina, Australia, Finland, Easter Island, and more locally in Skye and the Isle of Harris. We’ve enjoyed various cycling challenges, such as following the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia, cycling the length of Jordan (Dead Sea, Petra & Wadi Rum included) and around Rajasthan from New Delhi via Jodhpur, Jaipur and others to finish at the Taj Mahal. We love skiing, both downhill and cross-country, sea kayaking and open water swimming, having recently completed a 5 Km swim in Buttermere lake, Cumbria in the summer of 2015. We’ve had many special moments on many trips, and long may they continue.
We’ve now reached a stage in our lives where we’re willing to take the risk and live in a way where we put our personal interests and the thirst for adventure ahead of material worth and the accumulation of possessions.
We’ve decided to give up our secure jobs and venture into the (relatively) unknown, and see if we can follow a path that means more to us than status quo on the current treadmill. This may prove with hindsight to be a poor decision (at least financially) but without at least trying, we’d always feel the eternal question of “what if..?” nagging at us. So we are taking the opportunity to leap now, as time is ticking away much too fast.
Most of all, and quite simply, we want no regrets.