Who IS ‘Travel Far Enough?’
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 am an Aussie ‘girl’ who moved to America in her 20s and moved home again in her 40s.
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, I’d often respond to requests from my family with “give me five minutes”, but usually getting back to them HOURS later.
SOMETHING HAD TO GIVE.
After a 13-day, 11-state road trip with my daughter Natalie, my life changed completely. My eyes opened to what I was missing out on.
THAT ROADTRIP CHANGED MY LIFE.
I realised just how short life is. I discovered that the time I was giving to my family was non-existent. Add health issues, both mental and physical, and simply put, I was failing at life. I was existing. I wasn’t living. And barely existing at that.
I decided that it was time to hang up the corporate ladder and take my life back. On MY terms.
I ditched the desk and became a freelance writer and photographer.
In 2017, my nest became empty. I decided it was time to fly too and do what I’ve dreamed of doing in years: Travel full time.
After a 10-month road trip through Australia in 2017, I left Australia in early 2018 to wander the world.
In 2018, I:
Road tripped through New Zealand on a DIY tiki-tour.
Drove from San Francisco to L.A., across to Texas via the Grand Canyon and Santa Fe, and then north to Chicago.
Spent five days exploring the south coast of Iceland.
Reacquainted myself with southern England.
I walked 800km across Spain completing the Camino Frances, aka the Camino de Santiago.
I explored England for another three weeks.
I spent three weeks in Japan, exploring Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.
I’ve housesat all over place – in Tasmania & Victoria (Australia), Reading (England), Chicago (U.S.), Vancouver (Canada) and Portland (Oregon).
I spent 2.5 months discovering parts of the U.S. I’ve not seen in a while including Chicago, Portland and Santa Fe, and Canada, which I’d never been to with my partner-in-crime.
In 2019, I:
Spent 3 months exploring Tasmania;
Housesat for 3 weeks in the English Countryside;
Spent time exploring Paris ;
…And now will embark on another Camino Wander for the European summer.
My travel adventures are indefinite, so who knows where I will go next. I have a vague itinerary roughed out, but I’ll need a bit of down time to plan out next steps. Well that and downtime is needed to get some much-needed sleep!
HERE’S THE PROFESSIONAL STUFF…. IN CASE YOU’RE INTERESTED:
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.