My 1st Blog – Why I started travelling

Exciting, my first blog.

I wanted to give a bit of background as to what made me start travelling and that would be my mum.


My mum was 52 when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she died 18 months later aged 53.  A conversation from that time has always stood out to me, mum said that she wished she hadn’t been scared of flying and that she had actually seen more of the world (she never flew after I was born).  At the time of the conversation mum was too sick to travel abroad and it really stuck with me that life is too short and that we don’t know how long we have got, so we need to go out and enjoy life as much as we can and do what we love and not have any regrets, to never look back and say I wish I had done…..


As a child growing up, our family holidays were always within the UK, generally a week on the south coast in june and then a week in Scarborough in august.  I don’t ever remember being jealous of friends going abroad, as a child who got travel sick, hated sand and was not keen when it got hot I guess it never was something I wanted to do!


When I first started going abroad it was to Spanish islands and I then did a trip to New York with one of my friends who suggested doing a tour for my next holiday, as at the time none of my friends had the money for a holiday and I had some holidays left at work to take.  After this I became addicted and saw a lot of places this way.  Eventually though, doing 5 weeks a year was not enough and I knew it was something I needed to do full time.  A few people couldn’t understand and said but what if you don’t like it, and I replied at least I will have tried, I can always come back get another house and another job.  4 years later I am still loving it and don’t regret it for a second.


My mum and dad always used to tell me that travelling is something you do when you retire and when I told my dad I was planning on selling my house and quitting work to travel he didn’t understand why I was doing it now and not waiting till later in life.  4 years into this journey I have come across coach loads of people who can barely make it off the coach to a view point, never mind do a hike to see an even more amazing view and this just confirms to me every time that I made the right decision and when I reach retirement age, I can spend that time looking back at the pics of the amazing places I have seen and experienced.  Living my life the way I do now is not something I will ever regret.

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34 thoughts on “My 1st Blog – Why I started travelling

  1. Hello Clare… Sending you balloons and flowers for launching your blog and first blog post. Having to lose someone so dear to our hearts is heart-breaking. But that feeling sets as great reminder to ourselves to be brave, kind and adventurous. Hugs. Continue to be a free soul and don’t stop travelling (I bet you won’t ?

    • Thanks Sarah. It’s great to be able document my travels, having fun writing about it. I like to think my mum is travelling with me and getting to see all the countries she never did 🙂

      • Hello Clare,
        Just found your blog and read your first post. I understand your feelings as I just lost mum and my first blog post is very similar to yours. Working on my blog is using up my day and helping because the moment I stop I think aboit mum and the pain is attacks. I hope to travel again, you are so right to do it when younger, enjoy every moment. Lovely photos of you and your mum. Hugs. Safe travels, Louise.

        • Louise
          I am so sorry to hear about your mum. It’s such a difficult time and there are always times I want to ring my mum and tell her things, get her advice. I always hope she is travelling with me and getting to see the places I am seeing that she never got to see. Your mum would want you to be happy and live your life and hopefully travelling will help you feel a bit better. This year has been a difficult year for me though not nearly the worst, I am hoping that 2017 will be a good year and I hope it is for you too. Clare 🙂

  2. Fabulous. Congratulations. Mixed feelings at reading this as you are so right about your mum she would be so proud of you today Claire – follow your dreams. I like to think that she is keeping you safe and sharing your wonderful experiences. Will look forward to many more “news from the outside world” love jane x

    • Thanks Jane, it was quite emotional writing it and I hope she is seeing the countries with me too and keeping me safe xx

  3. Great to read your blog, very interesting to read reasons to how you got started…very proud of you and look forward to reading more of your blogs as you continue on your journey.

  4. Im very sorry to hear about your mother. Its really inspiring to see that you took life by the horns and i am certain she would be very proud of you. Who knows, maybe your father will be inspired to travel more now!

  5. Wow, what a moving story. Your mom’s advice is so on point, and it’s awesome to see how much it’s positively impacted you. Life really is too short to spend doing things you don’t enjoy doing. Have you been traveling full time the last 4 years? How much longer do you think you’ll be traveling full time?

    • I have been travelling full time for the past 4 years, though I have been stuck in england this year after I badly broke my wrist!! Hopefully I can get back on the road full time again soon 🙂

  6. Our parents always seem to know best! I bet you miss your mom, so sorry that she had to leave so young! My dad always told me to enjoy life it’s to short, the old cliche, but he also said no sense in working yourself to death, go out in do what makes you happy in life! For me that is why I started traveling as much as I could, now years later I’ve started writing about it!

  7. I can say that you’re a risk taker when you sell your house and go on travelling but I know you have the best reason there is. 🙂 Im sorry to hear about your mom, my mom died when I was 6 because of Cancer as well. You’re right, life is too short so go on ang live it. Congrats with the new blog, hapoy blogging! 🙂

  8. I absolutely love this blog post! It’s so touching and real. And you’re right, we should never wait to travel until we can no longer fully enjoy it. This is why I travel while I can. I’m not what people would call a frequent traveler but I make it a point to at least travel somewhere once a year. 🙂 Congrats on your new blog and cheers to more adventures! If you ever find yourself in the Philippines, hit me up 🙂

  9. I agree fully with you…one should go out there and love one’s dreams while we can, rather than postpone them for ‘the right time’ because the time is never fully right. More than that, time is never in our control…Travel on!

  10. Fantastic story. It’s lovey that you are getting to experience so many things your Mum couldn’t. It;s funny you didn’t crave it as a child, I had the bug even then 🙂

  11. It’s amazing how you got up and follow your dreams, so inspiring. To be honest I think traveling is a great therapy that works in ways we don’t get to understand. I am so happy to read you first blog, and looking forward to more travel stories.

  12. Wow this really is such an inspiring story, everyone has individual reasons to why they love travelling, and this is such a great reason that should inspire so many more people to explore the world! Thanks for sharing this very personal post 🙂

  13. Your mom would be really happy and proud of you. You have taken upon yourself to live her dreams. I am sure your travels will enrich you and leave you with great experiences and memories to cherish.

  14. I enjoyed reading your blog and I am so pleased you got to the top of El Misti.
    A great effort with wonderful rewards, the views, and your personal goal realised.
    PS get some new footwear with grip on.
    Take Care enjoy yourself mate.


    • I am so pleased too I got to the top!! We will have to add Arequipa onto the list for next year so you can see it in person!! Will buy new footwear when I get home, though a 5 day trek while raining and trying to avoid standing in puddles slowed me down loads!! Catch up soon 🙂

  15. My condolences on your mother’s passing. I have a similar story about my father’s untimely passing and how its encouraged me to just grab life by the reins and stop idling. Life really is too short. Sending all my love to you each and every step of your journey <3

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