My Story

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 had a panic attack on Β an elephant in Thailand. 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 think everybody, no matter what their age, should get the chance to experience a gap year and I hope my blog helps to answer some of the practical questions about deciding how and when you should take a career break or sabbatical, as well as pointing out some of the amazing places you might want to add to your own bucket list.

Happy travels!

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  1. adventurousandrea
    adventurousandrea / 2-4-2013 / ·

    Such a traveler’s spirit! I look forward to keeping up with your adventures.

  2. faranginasia
    faranginasia / 2-4-2013 / ·

    My partner and I are soon to embark on our own “part 1” of several gap years (we hope!) Love this blog!

  3. Troo
    Troo / 2-28-2013 / ·

    Hi Emily! I keep coming back, so I thought I’d nominate you for a Liebster award:
    It’s a bit cheesy, but maybe some fun! Anyway, keep up the awesome work! πŸ™‚

  4. Ruchita
    Ruchita / 6-25-2013 / ·

    its so inspiring to read your blog! hats off to you for having the guts to quit your job and travel wish to do it someday!

  5. thirdeyemom
    thirdeyemom / 7-13-2013 / ·

    Hi there! I found your blog as I work with Jennifer James at Mom Bloggers for Social Good and I see you are going to Zambia with her. Looks like your blog is right up my alley! I look forward to following your blog as well as your trip! πŸ™‚ nicole

  6. Surya Bhattacharya
    Surya Bhattacharya / 9-17-2013 / ·

    Awesome idea, this grown up gap year πŸ˜€ I loved reading the ‘It Could Only Happen to Me’ posts!! Hahaha πŸ˜€

  7. Bharti
    Bharti / 9-30-2013 / ·

    Wow, your story is so inspiring and intriguing. And I hope I can take a gap year break soon… it’s been on my mind for a while now.

  8. michellebikeandbuild
    michellebikeandbuild / 1-3-2014 / ·

    Hi there. Just found your blog and it’s been a pleasure to read Thank you so much for the posts. You’re awesome!

  9. MaldivesDreamer
    MaldivesDreamer / 1-13-2014 / ·

    Just bumped into your blog – what a great story and you have experienced so much πŸ™‚ Happy traveling! Irene

  10. Shmruthi
    Shmruthi / 2-8-2014 / ·

    Wow! So excited to read about your travel adventures.. You’ve got an amazing blog here! Kudos πŸ™‚

  11. kiwigirlattemptingitalian
    kiwigirlattemptingitalian / 2-11-2014 / ·

    just stumbled across your blog, looking forward to reading more πŸ™‚

  12. intentionalmc
    intentionalmc / 5-13-2014 / ·

    Love your blog and the concept of a grown up gap year. It’s sort of what my husband and I were going for when we moved abroad to serve with Peace Corps in Jamaica- we thought of it as a sabbatical, but now we may just keep on traveling!

  13. Shayne Zalameda
    Shayne Zalameda / 10-21-2015 / ·

    Such a courageous act! Here’s to more adventures! Following your stories from here on πŸ™‚

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