In October 2011 I quit my day job as a journalist and set off on my very own grown-up gap year, travelling solo and completing 30 challenges around the world before I turned 30. Along the way I danced a tango in Argentina, came face to face with 400 dolphins in New Zealand and got seasick during a surfing lesson in Peru. I also got caught up in a rock fight in Bolivia, experienced an earthquake in Peru and became a minor local celebrity in China.
I returned home a year later and decided to set up The Grown-Up Gap Year in order to help other people who have questions about how to take a career break or sabbatical.
Since then I have continued to travel all over the world, both on solo trips and with friends and family.
Life has changed quite a lot for me over the last few years and I’m now married to Mr A and have two children, our little adventurers, who join me on my travels.
We love staying in quirky places and are always seeking out unusual stays in both the UK and around the world.
I’m also passionate about microadventures and weekend breaks, as I understand that not everyone is in a position to quit their job or take a sabbatical.
I hope that my blog inspires you to find adventure, whether that’s through a career break or a sabbatical, or simply going on an adventure in your own backyard.