Hi, I am Chloe, welcome to One Way Journey!
On the 18th of October 2016, I was sat at London City airport at 5 o'clock in the morning, trying not to throw up as I repeatedly told myself this was a good idea. I had quit my job, sold my flat and car and now all I owned was the gigantic suitcase that I dragged along behind me. I was doing it. I was on my own and I had no idea what was going to happen, but for the first time in a long time, I felt liberated and excited.
After a series of unfortunate events, I had found myself in a low and dark place. I felt unfulfilled, lonely, stagnant and without a purpose. I needed to get as far away from my life as I possibly could and figure out who I was and what I wanted. The original plan was to spend 6 months in Panama, I was going to write a book that I had started years before but never finished and beyond that, no idea. Why Panama? I saw it on season 3 of Prison Break and I thought, that looks cool.
However, the universe had a different plan for me and by this point, I had completely let go. I had told myself that I was dropping all expectations, because quite frankly, my pre-planned life hadn’t panned out the way I’d hoped at all, so now I was handing the wheel over to something else and I am so happy that I did, because I actually spent 6 months backpacking through Central America.
I ditched the suitcase and multiple pairs of shoes *sob, and brought myself a backpack and during those six months, I visited Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico and Colombia.
I learnt to surf, scuba dive, (I cruised along with a hawksbill turtle and instantly my appreciation for this incredible planet just exploded), I hiked up a volcano and boarded down it. I spent weeks at a time on beaches. Beach parties, sunsets, sunbathing. I saw incredible places and made life-changing friendships. I swam with a whale shark, it was massive, he was called Big Tom, a local legend. I swam with wild dolphins and released baby turtles into the sea and above all else, I got to know who I was, without all my conditioning. I got to seriously think about what I wanted to achieve with my life and the impact I wanted to have on the world.
That was the start of my One Way Journey.
What is a Travel Coach?
A life coach is someone who helps you to identify your goals and develop an actionable plan to achieve them. They challenge the way you think, whilst allowing you the space to find your own answers.
A Travel Coach is all that, but with the added bonus of being an experienced traveller with knowledge of the travel and tourism industry.
We are not consultants or agents. We don't sell you a holiday or give you an itinerary, instead, we help you to find the best places and create your own dream experiences, build confidence and offer support.
A Travel Coach exists to empower any individual who has a passion for travel, whether that be a person working in the travel and tourism industry, or someone who has had a life-long dream to see the world!
Why is travel important to me?
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