Little Old Me
Hey everyone, I’m Sarah, a twenty-something-year-old British traveler and the founder of this little platform: Who Needs Shoes which is basically a world travel book and a great way to learn about how to get started working remotely. Now, you’re probably thinking: how the hell can you call yourself a traveler? Most people are bankers, accountants, managers of a business, or something along those lines. Well, I asked myself the same question a few years ago. After a shitty year, a big reality check and a holiday to Costa Rica my life completely changed.
Rewind to 2014- Before I Started to Travel the World
Let’s rewind. I’m a 9 to 5 kind of gal (well was). I’ve always loved a good checklist. I hate being late for anything, and, like everyone else stuck in today’s modern society, I love having a regular income. Now, don’t pretend you don’t! Money is great, it makes people feel safe. It can even be someone’s drive- sad, sad soul…
In August 2014, my life crumbled around me (melodramatic much?!). In truth, I got dumped. So, after a few weeks of drinking wine, smoking endless packs of cigarettes and a few tears here and there (more like a waterfall), I moved to London to do what I do best: be organized.
I got a great job, moved in with my bestest best friend in the whole wide world (hola to you, Nin) and lived the big city life. Everything was back on track. I was so focused on having money, saving, doing what I wanted, seeing and making new friends- it was great. Then came December.
Sea, Sun and… Sand- How My World Travel Book Bloomed
I figured: “I’ve had a damn good couple of months and worked hard, so I’m going to go on holiday”. My friend Benny, a fellow British traveler, had moved to Costa Rica that year so I figured I’d visit him. I booked a flight for the 16th December, returning on the 8th January. Little did I know that the tropics would call my name for the foreseeable future.
After busing it all the way to Ometepe Island in Nicaragua, I fell in love. I’m not talking about the gooey, mooshy, boy meets girl kind of love (although I’ll tell you a little more about that later ;)). I fell in love with a new way of life. A life I wasn’t willing to risk losing.
So, this is where my journey evolved. It was the 4th January and it suddenly started to dawn on me that it was time for me to head back to my 9 to 5 life in the big smoke. My new, traveling family was telling me to stay, my heart was telling me to stay, so I picked up the phone and called good old mum for some advice.
“Chuck It in the F*ck It Bucket”
We ummed and arred over what I would do for money, what I would do about the job I was meant to be coming back to, and what the general plan was. I decided to chuck it in the f*** it bucket, you only live once! I had a few savings, and I figured it would work out somehow. So I stayed, and the rest is history.
I stayed on my island to live another day. I was free and stuck in the beautiful country of Nicaragua. Worried about how it was going to work out, but free none the less. Later, I worked out a way to make money, fell in love (yes, the gooey, mooshy kind) and started a new life adventure I didn’t even know was possible to live. Not only that, I started my world travel book which aside from allowing me to meet new people, also reminds me of how lucky I am to have the life I do.
Living the Dream
Now, I’m living the dream (quite literally). I am Brisith traveler (full time), I work (part time), I write a world travel book (when I can) and am free to explore different parts of the world on a daily basis. It’s great!
I’ve been trying to set up Who Needs Shoes for about 16 months. To be honest, it’s only taken that long because:
A- I can’t make a final decision on design to save my life and…
B- I’ve been lazy
So, now that Who Needs Shoes is up and running, I want to welcome all my potential lovely readers to my story.
Don’t worry, I won’t just bore you with my daily travel adventure. I’m going to be sharing some fun posts about life in general and some insider tips on how to become a full-time traveler while making a living. I may drop in some travel stuff in the middle. After all, it is my job ;).
Hopefully, you can handle all my emojis, exclamation marks, and sarcasm along the way 😀
In the meantime, if you haven’t already, visit Who Needs Shoes on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You’ll be able to see some up-to-date snaps of our adventures around the world and get some valuable information on how to join the digital nomad revolution!
Lots of love