Last week I published an article I had been wanting to write for a long time. I opened up about something that is really close to my heart. After getting into £20,000 debt in my twenties, I talked about how I quit my job, dealt with my money issues and now travel full time. Now I want to tell you to quit your job. Part of my story began when I left/ quit my first 'proper' job after University and became self-employed, when I had no money or idea what I was going to do. I was definitely … [Read more...] about 10 Reasons to Quit your Job
I have been describing myself as a Minimalist for a few years now, and even given talks and workshops on the subject. Minimalism as an idea can be scary and impossible to a lot of people. It means you have to live in a house of less then 100 things, whitewashed rooms, empty shelves and clean worktops. It means chucking away your television, not having children (can you imagine the mess!) and never going shopping ever again unless you need food or water. This, of course, is a load of … [Read more...] about Minimalism 101: Home
Mantereen Tila, Finland - Saturday 10th to Friday 16th June When we were accepted by a WWOOF host in Finland we were over the moon. Then a couple of days later our host told us that they were having a party on the night we were due to arrive. And, one of her friends from Helsinki could give us a lift out to the farm! Oh, and there might be naked people - it's a sauna party. So, with not a little trepidation, we awaited our pickup in the hot sun outside a metro station in Helsinki. Ansu … [Read more...] about Week Thirteen Roundup: The Sauna Party!
Helsinki, Finland - Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th June We whiled away our last few days in Tallinn with a mixture of working, walks and reading. One thing we hadn't sorted out was what we were going to do in Finland, so we both spent hours pouring over what might be possible with such little notice. The first thing we discovered that it could very quickly get very expensive, especially in Helsinki! However, Finland came fifth in the World Happiness Report 2017 rankings, so we felt it … [Read more...] about Week Twelve Roundup: Having a blast in Helsinki
Before I start: this is a long post, and a story of my personal finance Debt / journey / nightmare / plan. It's not professional advice, just things that worked for me. It's the story of how it took me ten years to sort my life out. For full disclosure, I also did some budget travel during this period, because it's the one thing that makes me feel alive. If I had stuck more rigidly to the rules maybe it would have happened faster, who knows? Lets go back 10 Years. I owe £20,000. I … [Read more...] about How I got out of £20,000 Debt and Travel the World Full Time.
In the middle of an industrial estate in Estonia, in an unmarked office, a Russian speaking Tattooist drew me a Bee Tattoo. A post shared by Anna Smirnova (@panda_ann_) on Jun 2, 2017 at 9:09am PDT Why a Bee Tattoo? This Tattoo is about sticking together, and the Manchester Tattoo Appeal which was started by tattoo artist Sam Barber has already raised £296K. Hundreds of people across Manchester and the UK found a way to symbolise solidarity: by getting a bee tattoo. The … [Read more...] about Choose Love: The Meaning of my New Tattoo