Hi I’m Jade. Thanks for stopping by and welcome to All That Happens!
I’ve always had a thing for new places; different cultures, people, food, smells, sounds and sights. The diversity of the world fascinates me.
I can remember wanting to move from a very young age. I grew up in a small town in Somerset in the UK. It’s pretty well known for one of the world’s biggest music festivals, as well as hippies, crystals and incense but not a lot else. Ok it’s also quite a historic place but the novelty wears off quickly when you’ve been there your whole life.
Even the odd trip to London a couple of hours away was the most exciting thing for me. 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 holidays with my parents to various places in 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.
First taste of round-the-world travel
I first backpacked my way around the world in 2009 on the classic pre-university gap year with one of my best school friends. During 3 and half fantastic months we covered India, Thailand, Australia and Fiji. It’s safe to say we had a blast and reading back my diary today still cracks me up.
~ with one of my best school friends in India and Thailand
We met so many people who were continuing their travels when it was time for us to go home. Alas, we had Uni to start and no money left so as much as we wanted to change the flights, it was time to go home.
When Uni was over I just couldn’t bring myself to go back to rural Somerset so decided to stay in Brighton. When it was time to get a ‘proper’ job, I really had no idea what direction I wanted to go in. This resulted in working a couple in industries that really weren’t for me.
~ With uni friends
The travel bug
Aside from being surrounded by amazing people and living in such a great place, I was still itching to get away. I’d always thought about travelling again after Uni. Having already had a taste of adventure I had a hard time accepting that was it. I wasn’t and don’t know when I’ll ever be ready to live a ‘normal’ life. There’s a whole world out there to be discovered.
Those who know me know I love my clothes, accessories and makeup but I’m also happy to drop everything to live out of a backpack, if it means I’m cruising down the River Ganges in India one day and motorbiking down the east coast of Vietnam the next.
So it was after 5 years in Brighton I finally decided to take the plunge and quit my job to travel the world full time. I say plunge but it really wasn’t a hard decision and I worked hard to save before hand to make it possible 😉
~ Koh Rong, Cambodia
Before I left there was a lot of “Are you sure you’re doing the right thing?” “Aren’t you scared?” “Is this really the right time to be leaving a job?”. I’m a firm believer of living for the moment – as clichéd as that sounds! As a planner but also a spontaneity junky I couldn’t be happier to be back on the road, and this time with no return date… I have no idea what the future holds in terms of where I might end up in a couple years’ time, but that’s the way I like it!
~ In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Where I called home for 3 months
All That Happens is a documentation of my adventures around India, Southeast Asia and Australia, where I’m currently living and working.
I write about my personal experiences and provide as many tips as possible for anyone looking to embark on a similar adventure. I also hope to inspire people through making my dreams a reality. One remark that will always get me is “Oh my god I’m so jealous, I wish I could be doing what you’re doing”. Hopefully through my stories I can show you how it’s done 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, easy, life changing experiences, it’s also a place where I’m honest about any disappointments and mishaps. Things can and do go wrong but that’s ok, it’s all part of the adventure and what you learn from!
~ At Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in Delhi, India (left) and in Chiang Mai, Thailand (right)
Thanks for reading! x