Have you ever dreamed of quitting your job to travel the world? Are you craving your own Eat, Pray, Love experience? That was me, six years ago.

I’m Claire, a British writer and communications specialist who left behind my media career in London six 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 Goa, Malaysia, Thailand, Bali, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Brazil and Argentina.

Australian adventure

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 and bella in Italian means ‘beautiful’. This word reflects my style of travelling – appreciating the beauty and art of the places I’m visiting and keeping a mindful perspective. And backpacking because sticking to a budget is important when you’re travelling long term. It’s great to know you’re getting good value, allowing yourself the occasional moment to splash out on something special.

canada backpacking

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?

Perhaps you are interested in being a solo female traveller in Goa

Maybe you’d like to try a yoga retreat somewhere exotic

How about crossing Canada without a car?

Or going on an epic group tour around New Zealand

You could explore magnificent Malaysia

Or the beautiful island of Bali

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.

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.

Are you unsure about the ‘if’s and ‘how’s of taking a career break to travel? Enter your email in the pop-up box to discover the five essential questions to ask before booking your trip.

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Enjoy your own adventures, wherever they may lead you…

If it’s your first time here, head straight to this post with all the questions you might be asking yourself.

Bon voyage, bellas!