Q:Â Did you ever drink and party and live the ‘student life’?
A:Â Yes definitely, I was a completely normal student; I did all of that stuff!
Q:Â You’ve never received sponsorship; you just save up and then do cheap trips. That’s freedom in one sense but does it mean you’ll never be financially free because you have to spend so much of your own money?
A:Â The row the Atlantic was a sponsored trip so I am starting to head down that way. But if I can possibly afford to do it myself then I like to maintain the independence, the simplicity and just to be my own boss and that’s worth quite a lot of money. Most of the trips that appeal to me reallyÂ aren’tÂ very expensive, so I just save for it.
Q:Â Do you think it’s just as safe for women as it is for men to go on solo adventures/expeditions?
A:Â I think that 99 percent of the time yes it is or perhaps even safer because people are nicer to you, but I also think there is that slight, elemental, potential risk that at times you’re a women on your own in the middle of somewhere, it can get a bit scary.
Q:Â What do you look for when choosing a suitable place to set up camp?
A:Â Running water, so near a river would be good and nice soft grass.
Q:Â Do you get any criticism over not having a traditional job?Â – How do you prevent that from disheartening you?
A:Â A little bit, people often say things like oh it’s alright for you, or you’re lucky, or it’s easy for you. Mostly I think, well I chose to do this, I’m no superman, I’m not a genius. Anyone could have done what I have; it’s just a choice I made. It slightly annoys me when people sneer a little bit and say oh when are you going to get a proper job. I’m earning enough money to live the life I love. So itÂ doesn’tÂ really bother me, mostly I think it’s just envy.
Q:Â What’s your best book you’ve ever read?
A:Â Well myÂ favoriteÂ travel book is; “As I Walked Out One Midsummer’s Morning” by Laurie Lee.
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