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When I was planning on quitting my job to travel I really had no idea where to start. I knew I wanted to go. I knew I had to go. But I just wasn't sure how to go. The problem was I didn't really know anyone who had done such a thing and didn't really know how to start preparing. So when I saw that this event called Meet, Plan, Go!, an event dedicated to helping inspire and inform people on taking career breaks, was coming to Chicago, I got my ticket as soon as they became available. It was at...

Hands up — who out there who has been reading along with my 'round the world journey has thought at some point "I wish I could do that?" I know it may seem daunting or like an impossible dream, but, trust me, if I can do this anyone can. I am shy and awkward and timid. I grew up with massive social anxiety. I'd always had very little confidence in myself and my abilities. I'd always been extremely dependent on other people. I'm scared to death of everything and have a tendency toward panic attacks. Trust me, I'm not the kind of person...