Hi there. I’m Tara Marlow. I am the writer and photographer behind Travel Far Enough.
I guess I’ve always wanted to travel. I can’t remember ever NOT wanting to travel. I have a bucket list (or Living List, because I live for this list that would make most people’s heads spin. While life has thrown me some curveballs, the one constant has always been travel.
I was born and raised in Australia. In 1991, I had the opportunity to move to the U.S. and that’s where I stayed for over 20 years. The original plan was to stay for only five, but that plan went haywire somewhere along the way.
Ultimately, I landed in Austin, Texas. As the music capitol of the world, Austin has a lot to offer in it’s own right. I didn’t have to go too far for some great experiences!
I took advantage of Austin’s central location. It was easy to see the U.S. and just as easy for quick getaways to Mexico. Getting to Europe was also an easy jaunt and one I did many times.
For the majority of my time in America, I worked for a large corporation. I was working 70-80 hours a week in a job I liked, but didn’t love. When I was at home and my daughter needed something, I’d often respond with, “give me five minutes”, but usually getting back to her HOURS later.
SOMETHING HAD TO GIVE.
Fast forward to 2010 and I went on a 13 day, 11 state road trip my daughter Natalie, who was 11 at the time. It was one of many ‘girly getaways’, but this road trip was different.
IT CHANGED MY LIFE.
While driving the 3000 odd mile adventure, I realised just how short life is. I discovered that had little time to give my family (not a proud moment, believe me). Adding to that, I was losing my health and if i’m brutally honest, I was losing my mind.
I decided that it was time to hang up the corporate ladder and take my life back. On MY terms.
So I ditched the desk and became a freelance writer and photographer.
In 2013, we had the chance to move back to Sydney, Australia. It was our home base until Natalie began University in February, 2017.
Since the nest was empty, I decided it was time to fly too – and do what I’ve dreamed of doing in years: Travel full time.
With my husband in tow (most of the time), I’m now on a quest to (re) Discover Australia via a 10 month road trip. In January 2018, I’ll be in New Zealand for a 2 month tiki-tour, before I venture over to Spain for a solo adventure and walk the Camino de Santiago. I’ll meet up with some friends in Greece and then… who knows. But the travel adventures are indefinite, so who knows where I will go next. I have a vague itinerary roughed out, but I’d love to just ‘wing it’ for a while.
In my corporate life, I worked as a project manager, a process improvement analyst, a bids manager, a sales contracts administrator, a sales manager, a tech support manager, an escalation lead….zzzzzz.
In 2011, I left the corporate world to pursue my passions…writing and photography. That’s when life got interesting.
- I’ve founded two travel websites: One was about our move from Austin to Sydney. The other was a hobby site, which started this little endeavour.
- I am a certified Travel Advisor (Certificate IV), certified in Amadeus.
- I founded and ran a successful photography business in Texas for 2 years before moving to Australia.
- I am a graduate and member of the International Travel Writers Alliance (2011).
- I completed Marie Forleo’s B-School in 2015 under the mentorship with yTravelBlog’s Caz and Craig Makepeace.
- Currently I am working through Christine Gilbert’s 12 week Blogging Brilliantly course (2016).
- Oh, and on the side, I’m writing a novel (fiction). I also have written a number of fictional short stories.