Let’s start from the beginning…

Well hello!

I was looking through my blog today, and realised that in the last few months, I’ve gained so many new followers over on my social media accounts and here on my blog – so I thought it would be great to just pop in and say hello with a good old get to know me post!

I figured I should probably go back to the beginning, introduce myself and just share my heart for this blog. So without any further a do, let’s get started…

So my name is Charley, I’m 24 years old and I live in the North of England. I’ve lived in the countryside for my entire life, and I absolutely love it – the thought of ever moving to a city is just impossible for me. I love being able to step out my front door and just be hit with so many incredible views, so much wildlife and some of the most friendly and caring neighbours you could ever ask for.

Just over 4 years ago I headed out on my first ever trip abroad. As a family we’d always visited our extended family in various parts of the UK, as well as taking our annual summer holiday to Cumbria. A lot of people are always surprised when I say we’d never gone abroad as a family – and in fact we still haven’t. It was never something we wanted to do simply because we used our family holidays as an opportunity to visit family who live at opposite ends of the British Isles, as well as just making the most of what he have on our doorstep.

My first trip abroad was to South Africa on a Volunteer and Safari Programme which I booked through Gap 360, a UK travel company. And to be fair, I couldn’t have picked a trip further from my comfort zone. The heat, the different wildlife, meeting so many new people. It was a bit of a whirlwind. But oh my days. Still to this day it’s one of my favourite trips I’ve ever been on, and I completely fell in love with South Africa. I was hoping to go back this year, but you know – Corona happened.

Since then I’ve been to 17 countries ranging from Georgia to New Zealand and to Cambodia. I really have been bitten by the travel bug!

And that’s where Undaunted Adventure comes in.

I wanted to share my experiences of a girl from the countryside stepping out of her comfort zone, and exploring the big wide world. So I started this blog. Not only to have a place I can come back to, to remember my trips – but to also inspire people to just get out and do it. To make the most of what you have now, the places you can visit, and the freedom we have to explore.

We’re so lucky – especially here in the UK – to live in a time where travel is accessible. Where we can just hop on a flight and reach the furthest edges of the earth in a day. Where travel is relatively affordable, where we can easily book time off work, where we can access the best deals for accommodation, flights and activities with just a quick Google search. We’re so lucky to be able to explore. To have the opportunity to see the world, to experience a different culture, to fall in love and have your heart broken by both the beauty and harshness of living in the 21st Century.

Undaunted Adventure is a space where I share destination guides, tips for your next adventure, as well as reviews and ‘how to’ guides. I hope it’s a space where you can come and just be inspired to take your next adventure, and to gain some helpful advice (or at least I hope it’s helpful) for your next trip.

‘Undaunted’ literally means not being intimidated by difficulties, dangers and disappointments. And anyone who’s travelled will know that you can face all those things on your trip. Things will inevitably go wrong, will feel scary and dangerous, and plans will fall through. It just happens. But that’s the beauty of adventures. It’s getting yourself off the beaten track and into the world of the unknown – and learning not just about our planet and it’s people, but about yourself too.

Travelling has grown, stretched and nearly broken me, but I love it.

It’s taken me out of my comfort zone, and into a world I’d never imagined.

It’s made me braver, stronger and so much hungrier for adventure and experiences, and to just discover for myself what makes this world such an incredible place.

Adventure is calling – will you go?

Charley x

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