The early years
Let me start by saying I don’t have a particularly exciting backstory or event that got me to where I am today. I consider myself completely ordinary, hence the name!
I grew up in a large town not far from London. School wasn’t fun for me. I struggled to make friends and didn’t do well in my lessons, mostly due to having undiagnosed dyslexia for most of my childhood. But my vivid imagination saved me. I used to live out make-believe adventures constantly in my head. Building dens, pretending to be a spy and following in the footsteps of my adventure heroes….often with my dog Monty in tow. I was a tom-boy through and through!
An addiction to travelling
During my teenage years, I grew an overwhelming desire to escape my town and see more of the world. I got a couple of part-time jobs working evenings and weekends and saved every penny I earned. So, when I finished school age 18, I could take a solo gap year exploring East and South Africa.
Many of the places I visited were completely void of tourists meaning, for some, I was the first tourist they had ever met. I drank goat’s blood with a Samburu tribe, was chased by a hippo and hitched a 3-hour ride clung to the back of a truck.
It was a pure experience full of African sunsets, freedom and lifetime memories.
From that point on, I was totally addicted to travelling. So, after completing my media degree, I was off again. While in a Spanish school in Guatemala, I bumped into Gil who was travelling after finishing his Israeli army service. It didn’t take long for us to fall in love.
(This is a picture of me and my sister looking pretty cool! I’m rocking the epic sunglasses.)
Trying the 9-5 lifestyle
We settled in London and faced a battle with finances and visas to make our relationship work. I tried all sorts of different jobs from travel administration, charity fundraiser and school teacher. Switching from one unhappy stressful role, I didn’t like, to another. Working, paying bills and living for the weekend.
After 6 years living a 9-5 lifestyle, I had had enough. I was done with feeling stressed and overworked and had a mountain of baggage to contend with. I was burnt out, didn’t sleep well, was over-thinking all the time and had bouts of depression. I didn’t feel healthy and could no longer ignore the fact that this life just wasn’t me.
So, I decided to make a change.
I saved some money, handed in my notice and announced to the world that I was hiking the length of Israel!
That was just the start
Through a mixture of hard work, luck and some solid support from loved ones, I have managed to make adventuring a full-time job.
I founded and direct a growing community of female adventurers called Love Her Wild. We now have over 3,000 members! I now regularly organise and run all-female expeditions to help more women enjoy the benefits that adventure can bring your life.
I’m completely nomadic. Travelling from one adventure to the next, looking for interesting and exciting places to live in between for a few days to a few months at a time.
This life is sustainable because I have found a way to earn a living as I go via my blog and adventuring activities. You can find out more about this on, how do I earn a living as an adventurer. Another big part of making this life possible is keeping my expenses very low. I rely a lot on sponsored opportunities and mostly visit cheap countries.
In case you are wondering, Gil and I travel together although also do a lot of our adventures separately. He has his own travel website for Israeli’s and builds websites for bloggers remotely.
A full-time adventurer
Since leaving my teaching job I’ve paddled the full width of the UK, completed the 240km London Loop on an adult kick scooter and hiked 1000km the length of Israel. I’ve seen a volcano erupt, swam with whale sharks on Mafia Island. and rapelled in an 80m salt cave. And I have so many exciting new adventures to come.
This is a dream life but a life that has been made possible because of my followers. Which is why I am so thankful to you for reading! I try keep my blog is 100% honest and real so I hope you find it in some way helpful or inspiring.
If you want to find out more about me and my life, here are some of my personal reflections so far. A great place to start is my yearly updates and plans: 2016 Summary and New Year plans
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