I am a 24 year aspiring writer and outdoor/adventure photographer currently based in Manchester, England. After graduating in London in 2015, I didn't know what I wanted to do as a career. What I did know was that I needed to escape for a little while, so I packed two pannier bags and set off on a 6 month solo bicycle tour of Utah and California and New Zealand. I then returned to the USA to explore more of the West Coast in Washington and Oregon, road-tripping, camping and hiking along the way.
I camped beside the ocean and woke up to a glowing sunrise, through the green canvas of my tent. I hiked hills overlooking sparking lakes and snow covered mountains. I took roll after roll of film and wrote scribbles of thoughts and ideas in battered notebooks.
Since returning to the UK, that adventurous spirit hasn't quiet left me yet. I have settled in Manchester, where I co-founded an online travel magazine ROAM, with my sister and created a website dedicated to outdoor travel guides in the UK, Ramble. Now I take in every opportunity to pack a backpack or load the car to head out exploring; photographing and writing about my journeys to share with others.
I love hiking, camping cycyle-touring, mountain-biking, snowboarding, surfing, swimming and just about anything that involves being outdoors, somewhere wild and beautiful. I am passionate about combining adventure, the outdoors and the creative arts to inspire others to go outside; to live wild and free.
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