Growing up I was told tales of my dad going rock climbing and camping, mom going away snowboarding, my uncle driving across Europe before moving to Australia and I envied my aunt’s trips, treks and travels. She tells me that there is a whole world out there to explore, but I always think why not start with Britain? Hearing about their adventures (jealously), it’s not surprising that by the time I hit university, I was eager to travel myself.
I remember when Poldark first aired on BBC, my friends would sit and talk about how much they loved the cast and the story but all I saw were the scenic coastal landscapes. During my childhood I had been to Cornwall regularly, we spent endless summer days on beaches overlooked by rugged cliff tops, caught eels in the river and walked the headland paths to our campsite. But this was only one little patch of Cornwall, there was still so much to discover and the BBC show reminded me of that. The decision to spend weeks walking and wild camping along the Cornish coast was one I only told my parents about after I had booked my transport and started planning. The trip ignited a need for adventure in my life — something that has only grown.
I hope you enjoy the launch of 54 North and that it can inspire you to get out, stay out and explore our corner of the earth the way my family did for me.