Hi I am Clare.  I was born in Wakefield in the North of England and spent my life there until I left to travel the world in 2012.  I decided that I wanted to start a blog as I was always getting messages from friends I have met around the world, asking advice about where to visit and where to stay in certain countries and so I wanted a place where I could document the travels I have visited and ones I will do in the future.

Since then it’s now become my main passion and something to help all the solo female travellers out there, with advice on where to go, what to do, where to stay in places that I have already visited.

My first trip abroad was on the French exchange with school when I was 13, a 28 hour bus journey to the south of France, which for someone who gets very travel sick, probably the worst journey of my life!  Here is a picture of me with my French exchange family, I am on the right.

A few years after this I started to do organised tours and have visited many countries doing these Eg US, Canada, Peru, Egypt, Europe.  To date I have done 16 tours. I love that you are travelling with other people who want to see the world , it’s all organised for you and you can see so much in a 2 or 3 week trip as I could never get longer off work than this. The more I travelled the more addicted I became, I used to cry on the plane home at the thought of having to come back to England and was so jealous of the people I met who were travelling for longer.

I finally made the decision when I was in Cambodia/Vietnam that I needed to travel full time, so I came home, quit my job and finally in 2012 began travelling the world.  I had managed to see 27 countries before my trip began and by 2021 I have visited 73 in total.  At times its difficult, people don’t realise that travelling is not a holiday, there is a lot of planning and organising to be done, but it’s the best decision I ever made and I don’t regret it for a second.

My days are so different and I get to see so many cultures and amazing places all over the world. I don’t know where I will go in the future, as everywhere is on the list, I love the whole flexibility of backpacking and how plans can change from day to day.  I did say I would like to visit 100 countries in my life but who knows, maybe I will decide I want to try and see them all!! I hope you find this site useful in helping you to plan your trips and you enjoy these countries as much as me..

If you want to read more about me then click here If you would like to chat or ask any questions about my travels then please contact me on clare@ilive4travel.com