Not all those who wander are lost.

I caught up with three great uni friends last night who I hadn’t seen for about 18 months. As I told them about my rough plans for 2017, Jillian asked if I just felt like I needed a break from work for a while… And although that surely is a motivator, I realised that travel is just what I want to do with my life this year.

I’m from a small town on the West Coast of Scotland and have been living in New Zealand since August 2012. I’ve spent the last four years working, studying, running and falling in love with the country. I quit my job in December and have decided to spend some of 2017 on a bit of an adventure. Starting on the 16th January I (roughly) will be running up and around some hills in NZ, trekking in Nepal then backpacking through Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam before hopefully arriving in Canada around July.

I’m 27 and spending my savings on plane tickets and trekking poles. I moved to NZ at 22 but have never really done any solo travel or lived out of a backpack. I’m not sure what I’m going to be doing this time next year. I’m pretty excited, and more than a little nervous!

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – Bilbo Baggins

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