Picture: Antigua, Guatemala
Hometown: Norfolk, UK
I’m an adventure travel blogger from the UK who has spent the last six years travelling the world solo. But before my adventures started, I was a journalist living in a small rural Norfolk town. Living my post-university life, after a few years of working flat out on building my career, and in a relationship of 9 years. I suddenly cracked one day and realised I wasn’t happy. My work had gone from a passion to a role that completely overworked me with no room to progress. My relationship didn’t appreciate me and it didn’t fit with the person I wanted to be.
I took a huge step and broke off my relationship, decided to go travelling and quit my job. Boarding a flight to Thailand, I knew my life would never be the same again but that every sacrifice had been worth it. I planned a year of travel that would take me the popular backpacking route of South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. But even as the plane took off, I knew I wouldn’t be back in a year. I ended up spending the next few years exploring Asia, Australia, Europe solo. It was the trip of a lifetime and I had amazing opportunities to do things I had only dreamed of before. I also lived abroad in Australia for two years, and Germany for a year. Later on, my travels have taken me to Central and South America with plans for New Zealand when lockdown is finally over.
During my travels – I had the opportunity to explore new ways of living and working online. It made me realise that my work-life balance is so important, and I want to find ways of working that support the lifestyle I love. Over the years I’ve been travelling, I’ve become a qualified TEFL teacher, I’m also an award-winning travel blogger and earn money from my work in content creation, writing, social media and SEO. I’ve turned it into a lifestyle instead of just a gap year, and it was the best decision I ever made. It may have been the biggest risk I’ve taken, and one hell of a challenge along the way. But the rewards for taking such a risk have been huge. I may not have followed the conventional routes, but I’m a lot happier than friends who have. If you’re thinking of doing the same – just go for it!
Travel Advice: Don’t get so caught up in worrying that you forget to live your life. Just because you’ve always lived one way, doesn’t mean you always have to live like that. It’s never too late to start over. Don’t take travel advice from anyone who hasn’t been to the country. Don’t let anyone project their own fears and expectations on to you. It’s your life, take the wheel.