Konichiwa & Hello!
My name is Adrian Qais, I’m in my early thirties and I’m finally back on track to living the life I’ve always dreamed of and I hope I can inspire you to do the same.
Born in England and raised in Oman (Middle East) I have always had a love of and an affinity for travelling. In Oman I was lucky enough to travel twice a year into the Empty Quarter (the largest sand desert in the world) to live with the Harasiis Bedouin tribe for up to 10 days at a time. My childhood gave me a love and respect for local life and nature in all its forms.
Since then I have backpacked, worked, volunteered and lived in over 50 countries. I have had some crazy experiences on my adventures such as living on a desert island for 3 months, getting kidnapped in Africa, getting lost 74 feet underground and, amongst other things, swimming with Sperm whales. As for work, I’ve had a tonne of random roles although the running theme to date has been my work as a conservationist, marine biologist and epidemiologist in countries such as Hawaii, Fiji, Madagascar, Bermuda, the Philippines and the UK
The life of travel and adventure I dreamed of as a child took a nosedive in 2009 when I ‘sold my soul’ to the London rat race. At that time I thought that earning good money could quell my passion for travel and bring me a different kind of happiness. Two years later I was miserable, disheartened and terrified with the direction my life was heading.
Luckily my mindset changed with the quote, “It’s never too late to be who you might have been”. With that in mind I quit my job in the city, got some work with an organisation that specialised in promoting indigenous people’s rights in conservation and began to travel the world again. I can honestly say that listening to my gut and leaving the city was the best decision I’ve ever made.
With my new mindset that allowed me to recognise and grab any and all opportunities that crossed my path I landed a DREAM scholarship in Japan. For the next 2 years I undertook a unique programme of language study, work placement and homestay. My time in Japan was truly a catalyst for change that really solidified my views that:
It’s never too late to be who you might have been
While in Japan I thought long and hard about what makes me happy and where I saw my life going. I decided that I would finally apply to Graduate Medicine, having originally started thinking about it all the way back in 2007! I decided that if I was going to go for it, then this was the year to do it.
So I returned to the UK and spent the next year trying to get into Graduate Medicine. And luckily that’s exactly what I managed to do!
This blog contains stories of all my previous travels around the world, my ‘Turning Japanese’ adventure, travel tips, stories, motivational tales and advice.
And now that I’m about to head back to University at the ripe old age of 32 and begin my training to becoming a medical doctor I’m going to refocus my site with more stories on what it’s like for someone ‘slightly older’ going back to school, with the occasional medical product review thrown in there 😉
But above all I hope to inspire at least one person to realise their dreams and go out there and live them.
If you don’t want to work 9-5 – don’t. If your peers and society are telling you that the ‘daily grind’ is the only responsible way of living – don’t listen to them. If you are worried about the consequence of reaching for the life you want – don’t be. After all… what is the worst that can happen? We all have a finite time on this planet… so why not live it THE WAY YOU ALWAYS IMAGINED. I’m finally back on track to living the lifestyle I always imagined and I really hope I can inspire some of you to do the same. As they say, the hardest step is the first one… after that it’s easy, trust me.
Remember… it’s never too late to be who you might have been.
Adrian Qais (A.K.A – AQ) – Google+