When we arrived in Eastbourne in March 2020, we never dreamed that we would be there for the best part of a year. For eight years we had been living out of backpack and now we were grounded! Here’s our story of being in lockdown in Eastbourne, Sussex.
Back in the UK!
When we had to cut short our travels in Colombia and return to the UK due to Coronavirus, we found ourselves in a difficult situation. As we housesit full-time, we don’t have a home of our own. For the last eight years this has worked out pretty well. We house-sit in Brighton on England’s south coast in between travels, moving around constantly. Our housesits vary in length from a couple of days to six weeks. Every now and again, we have a gap in housesits. In this situation and if we aren’t travelling, we either stay with Ku’s mum in Eastbourne or visit T’s parents in Norfolk. Occasionally we book a night in a hotel or take a city break in Europe somewhere.
Adjusting to life in Eastbourne
When we returned home from Bogota on 23nd March, all of our upcoming housesits had been cancelled. The following day, lockdown became official. We headed to Ku’s mum’s home in Eastbourne. Just a stone’s throw from the beach, we are lucky to be able to enjoy walks along the seafront and also have a garden to relax in. We are missing the pets that we would normally be caring for and have tried to befriend random cats who come into the garden. Alas – the cats of Eastbourne don’t seem to be very friendly so far!
Hiking on the South Downs
We have also done a few hikes on the South Downs, where we spent our walking hours planning our next adventures. Our next major project is to hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. We walked amongst the newly born lambs in the fields and took in the views over Eastbourne. It’s a beautiful spot and one of the only places nearby where you don’t have to worry about social distancing as there’s so much space.
Planning Future Travels
The weather has been unbelievably warm and sunny since we returned. We’ve been taking breakfast in the garden and having a barbeque every week. It’s the first time in over eight years that we have stayed in the same place for longer than a few weeks. It’s been a chance to slow down, take stock, re-launch our blog and plan future travels. We have stayed in touch with friends and family on Zoom and Skype. We’ve listened to lots of music and watched ‘Epic Trails’ and other travel adventure documentaries to keep us inspired.
A shout-out is due to Ku’s mum and brother, Dave, both who been incredibly supportive during what has been a tricky time for a couple of homeless nomads! At the moment, we’re taking one day at a time. As with many people, we are unsure of what the future holds, but we will never stop planning, researching and dreaming about our next adventure.