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.

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Colorado

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.

Since January 2018, I have:

  • 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 drove north to Chicago.
  • Spent five days exploring the south coast of Iceland.
  • I reacquainted myself with southern England.
  • I wandered 800km across Spain completing the Camino Frances, part of the Camino de Santiago.
  • I explored England for another three weeks.
  • I spent three weeks in Japan, exploring Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.

And that’s just taken me to June 2018.

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.

Mount Oberon

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.

  • 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 now have an online photography business here: www.travelfarenough.smugmug.com).
  • 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.
  • Oh, and on the side, I’m writing a novel (fiction).  I also have written a number of fictional short stories.
Believe it or not, this was a working trip!

STILL WANT TO KNOW MORE?

(Good, I have lots more to share!)

CLICK HERE for some amazing destinations and why I recommend them.

AND HERE to see great resources I’ve found really invaluable when travelling.

AND FINALLY HERE to see my photography website:  Travel Far Enough Photography. 

I’ve grabbed life by the horns.

Isn't it your turn now?