Hi! I’m Clare – Im 24 years old, from England and I am a girl with seriously itchy feet.
At the beginning of this year I was living in an attic room in a shared house with 5 other people, working as a personal shopper (not as glamorous as it sounds – believe me) and bored. Terminally bored, at the age of 24. This is something that came as a shock to me – I naively thought that after graduation I would fall into an amazing well paid job and immediately feel satisfied with life, but instead I felt like I was always on hold, perpetually waiting for something to happen that would make me go – ah, there it is. This is where I’m supposed to be.
I had the realisation one sleepless night spent quietly hyperventilating whilst staring at the ceiling in the dark: this is how people get stuck. I was in danger of procrastinating away my twenties, working my ass off to progress in a career I wasn’t particularly interested in based purely on a lack of alternatives.
I don’t want that. I believe that life is too short for regrets. I also believe that you should take any opportunity that comes to you, and if no-one’s giving you an opportunity then you should make your own. There are a thousand ways to live your life, and your twenties are the perfect time to explore your options before the responsibilities of being a ‘grown up’ kick in.
There are primarily three things that I want to do in life – travel, write and take photographs. For me, nothing compares to the feeling of stepping off a plane onto sun baked concrete, or emerging from a dingy bus station blinking into the colours and chaos of a totally alien world. So – job promptly quit, I packed up, moved home and started saving with the aim of setting off on a back packing adventure round the world in March 2013.
This blog will tell the story of my journey, and I hope that by sharing my experiences I can encourage others to get out there, break from the norm and see the world.