Hi, I’m Jade. Thanks for stopping by and welcome to All That Happens!
Unique places, different cultures, new people, local cuisines, foreign smells, big sounds, interesting sights, and unforgettable experiences. The diversity of the world fascinates me.
I’ve wanted to migrate for as long as I can remember. I grew up in a small town in the Southwest of England. It’s pretty well known for one of the world’s biggest annual music festivals however for the 359 days when that isn’t on, it can be a quiet little place.
Even the odd trip to London a couple of hours away was the most exciting thing. It was bustling, there was so much going on and it was so different to where I lived. I loved the multicultural-ness of it.
I was fortunate enough to be taken on family holidays around Europe from a young age, and these are some of my best memories. As an only child I would scout out people to make friends with ASAP, even if we didn’t speak the same language.
~ New Zealand, my longest base since I’ve been travelling
First taste of round-the-world travel
I first backpacked my way around the world in 2009 on a classic pre-uni gap year with one of my best school friends. We spent 3 and a half months around India, Thailand, Australia and Fiji. It’s safe to say we had a blast, with memories to last a life time. Reading back my travel diary is still one of my favourite things to do so it was inevitable I’d start a blog one day.
~ On my second trip to India – one of my favourite countries so far
If it wasn’t for uni, I’m not sure I’d have gone back! However I’m so glad I did as I met some of my best life-long friends and fell in love with the city of Brighton. So much that I ended up living there for 6 years.
When it was time to get a ‘proper’ job, I really had no idea what direction I wanted to go in and landed myself in a couple of industries that really weren’t for me.
~ You’ll find me on the beach, in the city and hiking through the mountains
The travel bug
Despite being surrounded by amazing people and living in such a great place, I was still itching to get away. Fed up of the 9-5 live for the weekend – dread Monday – repeat, I just couldn’t keep travelling off my mind. I wanted to live for the moment not the weekend and if there’s one thing I’ve learnt I’m not very good at, it’s routine.
After saving for a couple years in a job I disliked, I finally dropped everything to live out of a backpack and have never looked back.
~ A ‘foodie’. Trying new food and different places to eat is an experience to me and usually where most of my money goes..
The start of this adventure was in January 2015. Since then I’ve spent 2 months in India, 6 months around Southeast Asia, a couple of those living and teaching in Vietnam, a year in Australia and just over a year in New Zealand where I live currently. I had no idea where I was going to end up past Australia. A lot has changed along the way but I’m enjoying taking each day as it comes and making sure I’m living life to the fullest.
~ Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. My home for 3 months
I hope that through this blog and making my dreams a reality, I can provide inspiration to those looking to do the same. Hopefully through my stories I can show you how it’s possible and why I’m so happy I didn’t wait a moment longer to go.
Although most of the blog is always going to be about the fun, life changing experiences, I’m also honest about any disappointments and mishaps. Life isn’t always perfect in paradise – but it’s pretty damn close!
~ Finding paradise on Koh Rong, Cambodia
Thanks for reading! x