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Meet Charli: Wanderluster & Adventure Traveller

charli-jumping-lake-tekapoHi! My name is Charli and I’ve been travelling perpetually for the last 5 years. Join me on my journey as I seek out the most inspiring destinations across the world and inspire you to live for adventure!

This is my travel blog where I share tales from my travels, helpful guides to the places I visit, and captivating imagery that I collect along the way.

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Want to know more about my nomadic existence? …

WHY DO I TRAVEL FULL TIME AND LIVE OUT OF A BACKPACK?

 

‘If you’re not living on the edge you’re taking up too much space.’ – Stephen Hunt

In 2010 I made the decision to live a life less ordinary. I quit my job, moved out of my flat, and six months later after much downsizing and guide book consulting, I embarked on an undefined period of travel.

I call it ‘undefined’ because I had no time limitations restricting my journey.  As far as I was concerned I was just going off on an adventure and I’d let fate decide my path.

Selling most of my possessions to fund my new life and putting a few sentimental items into storage, I am now content to live as a vagabond exploring one country at a time. I embrace every opportunity for adventure and have been fortunate enough to experience adrenaline highs in eleven different countries to date.

TRAVELLING THE WORLD AS A DIGITAL NOMAD

 

I wasn’t born a traveller…

…and my adventurous streak is definitely something that has developed over the years. As a teenager I suffered from anxiety and consequently travel was an activity I rarely engaged in; the thought of getting onto a plane and flying half way across the world terrified me.

Fast forward 10 years and here I am, wandering the globe with no fixed abode.

My evolution from awkward teen to travel queen is one heavily influenced by a good friend and fellow traveller who gave me the push I needed to stride out into the world on my own. Without his support I’d perhaps never have found the strength to leave behind the 9 to 5 life I knew.

To this fellow Wanderluster I will always be so grateful.

HOW I BECAME A TRAVEL BLOGGER

Travelling and blogging my way around the world was never my plan.

I graduated with a degree in Fine Art and actively avoided essay subjects at school. However after 18 months of travel my desire to sustain a life of full time travel took hold and so like many I decided to start a travel blog in a bid to earn a living online.

Giving myself 12 months in which to take the blog from zero to hero I put my travels on the back burner for a few months and bunkered down at a house sit in Auckland to start Wanderlusters, and make my mark on the weird and wonderful world of blogging.

It was daunting, it was intense, it was all consuming…

…but it gave me the means to continue travelling on my own terms.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. How Can I Afford To Travel Full Time?

A. I utilise house sitting stays to subsidise my living costs and live in each country for the maximum duration of my visa. This keeps my cost of living lower than if I were to hop between countries and pay for hostel/hotel accommodation.

Q. How Do You Get Your House Sitting Stays?

A. Check out these handy house sitting guides to find out exactly how I live rent free.

Q. What’s Your Favourite Destination?

A. Honestly, I struggle to choose, and my answer changes frequently. However I have recenly fallen in love with a destination that is far removed from the well trodden tourist trail and deserves an honourable mention due to the impact it has had on me since I arrived.

Intrigued? Check out my posts covering my stay here.

WHAT TO LEARN MORE?

You too can live for adventure, travel the world for less, and explore off the beaten path.

Head over to my blog and take a look around, ask me your travel and destination questions by commenting on my posts, sending me an email, or connecting with me via:

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Thanks for reading all about me!

Happy trails!

Charli