Have you ever dreamed of quitting your job to travel the world? Are you craving your own Eat, Pray, Love experience? So was I.

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I’m Claire, a 30-something writer and communications specialist who left behind my media career in London two years ago to do just that. I put my life in a backpack and booked round-the-world flights to embark on beautiful adventures to India, South East Asia, New Zealand, South America and beyond.

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I decided to launch this blog to get back in touch with the writing I always loved to do when I was younger. It’s funny how sometimes you lose touch with these things that used to make you feel good.

Why the name Backpacking Bella? Because my first backpacking trip was in Italy, which totally bella, meaning ‘beautiful’. This word reflects my style of travelling – appreciating the beauty and art of the places I’m visiting and keeping a feminine, mindful perspective. And backpacking because budget is important when you’re travelling long term and it’s great to know you’re getting good value. We can’t always splash the cash – but occasionally, why not!

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Travelling brings such an inspiring sense of joy, freedom and possibility. You get to meet fantastic people, experience things you could never have imagined and learn so much about yourself along the way. Sometimes you have to pinch yourself that you’re actually in this moment, doing what you’re doing, halfway around the world from home.

What would your dream trip be filled with?

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For me, it has been indulging in my love of adventure and filling my days with all my favourite passions: great food, yoga, dancing until the sun comes up, music, art, nature and beaches, and learning about the wonderful world that surrounds us.

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Join me for the ride, follow my blog, post your comments, and I will share my hints and tips of things I’ve learned along the way, as well as what I’m up to right now.

Do you have any questions about the ‘if’s and ‘how’s of taking a career break to travel? This article is a good place to start.

If you’d like to see regular photos and inspiration, you can like my Facebook page, follow me on Instagram or Twitter. Feel free to get in touch by sending me an email.

Enjoy your own adventures, wherever they may lead you…

Ciao bellas!