Just an Ordinary Girl living an Extraordinary Life

Brooke Saward
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Sometimes it’s hard not to pinch myself and see if it was all just a dream.

While I’ve already shared my story about how I get paid to travel the world as a career, I can’t help but to continue to be gracious and thankful for the life I am now living instead of the one I would have been living if I didn’t decide to take a huge leap of faith and trust my own willpower to succeed at the one thing I loved more than anything – travelling the world.

When I meet people who know what my job is, each of them are eager to ask in person about how I got started in my job and how this all fell into place. It’s almost as if they’re waiting to hear a secret ingredient or alternative explanation to any I have given before.

But it doesn’t surprise me, I’m just an ordinary girl living an extraordinary life.

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Before I left home – walking my puppy at home in Launceston, Tasmania.

The town I grew up in is the type of place where everyone knows everyone and you can’t go down the street without bumping into a number of people you know. The tallest building is just four stories high and my favourite burger joint know me and my order off by heart – granted, I order the same thing every single Friday evening.

Last year on my day of graduation from University the life I would have ended up living quickly got thrown at the window as I took a massive leap of faith to live the life I do today. I travel the world as a career – how can I not sometimes wake up thinking it was all just a dream!?

Sometimes people are quick to judge me and assume I come from mass wealth and my family fund my lifestyle travelling the world – I’ve said it many times but this is simply not true. I always have and always will stand on my own two feet, working hard to pay for everything I do… besides, even if I wanted to rely on my parents it wouldn’t be a possibility – I have two siblings and we have always been taught to work for what we want in life, not to rely on anyone else. I paid for my first car, I paid for everything I owned from the time I was old enough to work part time, and although this meant I would miss out on having as great a social life as my friends did because they weren’t working crazy hours, I can definitely say this was the biggest lesson my parents taught me. Work hard and reap the benefits.
So here I am, sitting on my sun lounger in Miami Beach watching the clouds pass by as fast as the people on the beach… and I can’t help but to recognise that this is a crazy life I’m living. I’ve been travelling for 6 months this year and have visited Europe, the UK, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, North America, and in a couple of weeks I am flying out to South America for the first time. Again, I could pinch myself.And as hard as it may be to believe for the skeptics, I really am just an ordinary girl living an extraordinary life. I worked hard to make my dreams come true (as cliche and corny as that sounds) – but it has paid off. I’m jet setting around the world every other week and wake up in new cities as often as I wash my clothes.

So my one and only piece of advice for today is to take risks. Follow your dreams. Stand on your own two feet and show the world what you’re capable of!

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    June 25, 2015 at 7:46 am

    I have been following you for a few months but just today read maany of your posts, just in a row. few hours passed… It is incredible how you made your passion be your life and also your profession. You stories, photos, experiences – all amazing! I wonder if I should leave studies and just go for more than a few trips in a year… But reading your posts make me feel I just have to take this dream gap year and just go 🙂
    Also started a blog some time ago and its a lot to write about, take a look

    Good luck!!!

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    February 25, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Such an inspiration! You have worked so hard to get where you want to be in life!

    December 4, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Thank you so much! Your blog is great and I think you are a great, too.
    Many Many Thanks!Many Many Thanks!

    December 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm

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    Claire & Laura
    September 18, 2014 at 12:52 am

    We think you’re probably being too kind on yourself. A lot of people want to travel full-time but it’s much easier to find excuses why they can’t than to try. You don’t launch a blog one day and are off the next, you’re a clever lady! xx

    August 6, 2014 at 3:20 am

    I love this blog and you do have an incredible life, that I wish to and am working hard to have a small part of my life to be like yours and travel when I can as I work on my career as well. Your blog mentions South America, I was just in the Galapagos Islands for eight weeks in Puerto Villamil and it’s definitely a place to check out if you are headed to Ecuador for any period of time, it’s incredible.
    Good luck in all your travels! You live an amazing life, always continue to follow your dreams

    Sandra on the go
    August 6, 2014 at 2:47 am

    That sounds like an awesome life:-)

    August 3, 2014 at 1:20 am

    I’m sorry to disagree, but I don’t think there’s anything ordinary in taking the “leap of faith” (as you say) and follow your dream! I’d say it takes an extraordinary girl to live an extraordinary life like yours 😉

    August 2, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I just stumbled upon your blog and I must thank you for writing this inspiring post. In this digital world where everyone only gets to see the best parts of other people’s lives on social media, it is difficult for anyone not to compare their own lives to others. That is, of course, not an excuse to have free reign to judge others harshly before getting to know them.

    I’ve only read a few of your posts and I must say you truly deserve all the success that you have because it’s obvious that you worked hard to be where you are today!

    August 2, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Hey I just started following you and I must say you have a great blog. I live in Quito – Ecuador if you visit, and you should I would like to know you and show you my city 🙂

    July 31, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Hey Brooke! Firstly, this post is amazing and extremely inspiring, thank you!
    Second, this lesson taught is great. Hard work really does pay off, because you are a true example due to your success as a travel blogger!
    To be honest, I am not the best at saving money, I am actually quite bad, but thanks to one of your posts (‘save and splurge lifestyle’) I am actually working throughout this summer and earning and saving money. I really want to travel to Australia and America during my gap year this year (Hopefully solo). I hope I can save that amount!
    Take care, Brooke, and thanks for being such an inspiring and awesome role model! xoxo

    KarolinaPatryk Travel blog
    July 31, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks 🙂 All the people should definately follow their dreams.
    It’s sad there are still not much of us, who are brave enough to do what they really want…
    You are really inspiring person, we will visit your blog more often for sure!

    July 31, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Hi Brooke!

    I know that’s a great lesson your parents gave you because mine did it too. They didn’t ask to work when I was at highschool, but I did because they taught me you’ve to work hard to owe what you want (they were a perfect example!).

    But I still can’t afford this kind of life (believe me, if a year of my salary would pay flights around the world, I would save without spendind a penny!). Maybe it’s because salaries in Spain are a joke, but I simple can’t afford it.

    That why I am going to be curious: how do you do to pay all your travelling? Did you have savings? Do the blog cover your expenses? Do you have to work in the countries you visit? Do you receive any kind of funding from any kind of institution/business? Maybe you talked about it any time in the past, but I dont read every post (and I discovered your blog some weeks ago), so forgive me if I am being too inquisitive! 🙂

    Best regards!

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    July 31, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Yea we are agree with you only an ordinary girl can live an extraordinary.
    Nice article. Many thanks for shearing your thought.

    chelsea @ the new wifestyle
    July 31, 2014 at 9:10 am

    love this and needed this remind for my own set of lofty goals ahead. thank you!