I want to be an adventurer

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When I was younger I always envied people who knew what they wanted to be when they grew up. I assumed that one day I too would be blessed with such an epiphany and my life’s purpose would be revealed before the age of 21. Ideas came and went; a Disney animator, a paleontologist, Angelina Jolie. I waited expectantly for the phone call I assumed everyone got: “Hello, it’s Life here; you’re going to be a…”

It took 30 years but I got there eventually.

I want to be an adventurer.

Excuse me? Say that again? I couldn’t quite hear you for all my laughing (I said to myself in my head). You want to be an adventurer? Good luck with that one love!

But no, the voice persevered and the more I thought about it, the more I was certain. Not only could I actually do this, I could do it bloody well. The world needed more bad ass female adventurers and I was ready to be passed the baton.

Serendipitously, my life was in a time of change. I had just broken up with my boyfriend of two years and moved out of our beautiful flat and back to good old mum’s house. On top of that, I was 30 years old and £15K in debt, with no savings.

So how to go from zero to hero in the shortest time possible? Well, let me tell you, this whole adventurer idea was like a rocket up the backside. I had a dream, something I had sorely lacked my whole life (besides a misguided one to nest and buy lots of pretty, but useless, household objects). The dream took hold of me and I turned my entire focus onto making said dream come true.

It was the ultimate challenge and I signed myself up for it willingly. Just the thought of changing my life and doing something epic was enough to keep me going every day. I decided to set out a plan of action, step by step instructions to becoming the best version of myself possible. It wasn’t a long list as you can see:

Step 1: BECOME DEBT FREE (note the capitals for effect)
Step 2: Sell all non-essential items. If I can’t fit them in my backpack, they’re gone
Step 3: Buy a one way ticket to India and take up my new role as Adventurer Extraodinaire

As the ancient Greek philosopher Epictetus put it: “First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.”

So I did. I started in November 2010 and in September 2012 I leave for India.

This blog will chart my journey in lifestyle design and travel; I hope you will join me along the way. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead as I move forward in pursuit of my dreams. I missed the call from Life but I made up my own job title instead, and heck, it sounds just dandy to me.

I wonder if that comes with a uniform?!

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Jan Ross November 29, 2011 at 16:51

I really admire your determination and can’t wait to hear more about your travels. As far as your question about SEO, tagging, etc., I’m still figuring that all out myself and have been blogging for several years. The important thing is to write often and write well – everything else will come!

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Hannah November 29, 2011 at 18:11

Hi Jan, thank you so much for taking the time to check out my site, and for your wise words. I really appreciate it xxx

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Steph - DiscoveringIce.com May 12, 2012 at 05:04

Hello Hannah, I just need to say that I LOVE your writing! I cant stop reading until I have finished! So I am here at your very first post prepared to read all of them until present and catch up on your journey! I love everything you are doing, you are much more organized than me though…I left in January for a 3 week holiday to Colombia, and never returned (long story). Four months later, here I am in Mexico with my boyfriend and happier than ever….I didn’t have the chance to do any of the ‘before the trip’ type blog posts but I really like the style of your posts so you have inspired me to write about the motivations and (lack of) planning behind my round the world long term travel adventure and not just about the destinations I’ve been to! 🙂

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Hannah May 15, 2012 at 21:08

Hi Steph, thank you so much for your lovely comment, it really means a lot. I’m going to head over to your blog now and bring myself up to date with your adventures 🙂

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Florian August 1, 2012 at 13:18

Your determination is amazing. To go through all that, and never be put off trying to get where you want to go it truly inspiring. My partner and I have made the decision to do the same a few months ago, we hope to start travelling in September 2013. A few medium sized debts to pay off, and a lot of things to sell, but we too are determined. I will be following your blog with great interest. I wish you the very best of luck, and my thanks for allowing me to share in your adventure through your blog.

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Vhiely January 10, 2014 at 16:19

I feel like I’m reading my own life story..
almost 30, single, in a huge debt, no saving, and move back with mom…
*sigh*
Praying that I’ll pay it all by the end of this year…
I also want to become an adventurer… 🙂

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Hannah January 10, 2014 at 18:09

Well hopefully the rest of my story will help show you that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and you truly can become anything you want to be. I wish you every success on your own journey towards becoming debt-free 🙂

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eric hickey October 12, 2015 at 23:18

Hello im eric hicey, i am 22 years old and already have over 25,000$ of debt from school, to work, to trying to figure how do “make it”. At heart i am an explorer and adventurer, my problem is i cant seem to fund my self or get the expenses to make it. i some how get sucked back into work (construction) to get my self back to comfertable living. but i hate it. i just moved from windsor ontario to whistler BC which is my dream place. the outdoors has always been that place for me and im just trying to figure out hot to make what i love support me and my future family.
love to hear back.

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