Every year many Brits travel abroad in search of the beauty in our world. As the very fortunate individual chosen as 16-25 Railcard's first Chief Adventure Officer, it is my job to show the Great British public why they should be looking closer to home, embracing a staycation, and exploring all our nation has to offer.
All considered, it's like watching your eccentric cousin trying to row out into the rough seas of the Atlantic, because he might have gotten angry at not fitting in or cross at some rule he objected to but had to follow. On the one hand you know he won't get very far, but on the other you realise with dread he might still drown in the waves.
With the referendum really heating up in recent weeks, there has been a surplus of outlandish claims coming from both sides. With plenty of column inches already dedicated to the Prime Minister's scaremongering about the dangers of World War 3 if we Leave the EU, the ordinary voter can understandably come to the conclusion the whole referendum issue is a bit of a storm in a teacup...
As a migrant myself, I remember just how hard I've had to work for my money. So I never forget how hard Azimo's customers are working too, whether they're serving your drinks, checking your blood pressure, educating your kids, caring for your great aunt or running a tech start-up in the office next door. That's why I constantly remind myself that I'm not only in the money business - I'm in the relationship business too. Luckily, much of Britain seems to agree.
British Indians have never felt more established than at this moment, and it is a great celebration of our vibrant democracy that should one aspire to the highest office in the land, the broader society would be in full support. What was an impossible pipe-dream to the displaced migrants in the 1960s, could perhaps be a near-distant reality.
I find maps intoxicating. My house is full of dusty sheet maps, sailing almanacs (and I don't even sail), atlases, tourist maps and diagrams that have been sketched on napkins and I dare not discard. Maps are to me the constant, bewitching possibility of exploration. They are the places I have never been, the wild spaces I have never seen, the intoxicating promise of adventures untold.