Hello my name is Hannah, call sign: Indi-Hannah Jones, and I am a travel addict.
I like to blame my travel obsession on Indiana Jones, but I really have no idea when it started. All I know is that as soon as I completed University in 2011 I deviated from the ‘norm’ and moved halfway across the world to Galway, Ireland. I joked about being ‘the travel virgin’; I’d never been anywhere before, much less on a plane, and I did it all solo.
Most people thought I was crazy. Not just because I was travelling by myself, but also because I was a young female travelling alone. I had every travel stereotype thrown at me and was given all kinds of crazy advice, including being told to wear a fake wedding ring.
I listened to none of it, and in return had the best time of my life. I came home a few months later with only $12 CDN to my name but some of my fondest memories. As a result, I made myself a promise that I would go somewhere new at least twice a year. I’ve kept my promise and in April of 2014 I completed and exceeded my goal of visiting 25 countries before I turned 25. I’m currently at 42 countries, and have travelled through all but 5 of them on my own.
In a nutshell? To see the world, and be as cool as Indiana Jones while doing it.
I’ve given up on my using my University degree to fit the stereotypical North-American lifestyle; it didn’t take long to realize that a typical 9-5 job wasn’t for me. As often as possible I choose busy local markets over office cubicles, planes and trains over rush hour traffic, and fresh fruit smoothies over Starbucks.
My adventures have given me some of the best experiences of my life, and I have some great stories to tell. It’s not always sunshine and rainbows, but I can honestly say that travel has made me a stronger, confident, and more independent woman.
I’ve chosen to pursue happiness over a full bank account, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I want to actually live my life, and when my time comes to kick the dust, I want to lie on my deathbed knowing I made the most out of my time. Zero regrets.
If you feel the same, then stick around. Whether you are looking to embrace you own Indiana Jones on a backpacking adventure, or spoil yourself silly on a luxurious escape, I’ll show you how travel can change your world too.