Some people have a fixed idea of their calling from a young age. I never did. I ambled through life, fell upon a career in the civil service, made great friends, met my husband, and holidayed frequently – all endless fun. But there was something missing. To fill the void I took up numerous courses including French, art, law, pottery, personnel management, even sign language.
In April 1999, my husband and I made a decision that was to change my life irrevocably. We decided to take a year out and travel the world. We spent months organising, pouring over travel books to arrange a route, organising flights, selling our house, settling finances, arranging career breaks.