Alice took a year long sabbatical from work and since then has walked 1300km across the Te Araroa South Island in New Zealand, wild camped on the Great Wall of China and walked for 10 days along the Tokai Nature Trail in Japan.
During this podcast Alice shares more about growing up, not being sporty but loving the outdoors, how a car accident helped to motivate her to make a change in her life, how she planned for her time off, as well as giving advice and tips for you on enjoying the simple life, hiking and dealing with challenges as they come up.
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Who is Alice
Growing up in the Malvern Hills
Not being great at sports but loving the outdoors
Spending time in Cornwall
Navigating through Dartmoor…
Wanting to spend time in the mountains and found it harder as she got older
Not finding her thing while at university
Deciding to take a sabbatical work
Being in a car accident in Norway
How she came to the decision to take a sabbatical
Reflecting back on the car crash
Deciding on which hiking trail to do
Why the Te Araroa trail stood out
Having 6 months to plan the trip and taking into account the seasonal nature of the challenge
Not doing much hiking before heading off to New Zealand
Not knowing how much of the trail they would do
Having 60 days to complete the South Island hike
Enjoying the simple life of the trail
Routes and daily life on the trail
The biggest challenge while on the trail
Getting lost in the fog
Why they wanted to focus on the South Island
Heading off to Japan to hike a small section of the Toki Nature Trail
The languages challenges in Japan and why google translate was amazing!
Camping on the great wall of china…. with gunfire going off at night!
Being happy in her job and just needing to make a few changes
Having the time to reflect on their lives
Spending time outdoors
Going back to work after so much time off
Doing the Cape Wrath Trail in Scotland
Why you should do a sabbatical
Practical tips and advice
Support from friends and family
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