Hello and welcome to the blog! Today’s post is a little different from the norm, recently in one of the many online forums I am in, a young woman and myself connected. Roanne was just starting out on her entrepreneurial journey. I loved finding out about her and what had brought her to this point and we decided to guest post for each other. We have all been there, the moments when we feel almost outside ourselves knowing there’s more for us but not sure how to reach it. I love that Roanne, so young, is trusting her instincts and striving for her dreams.
Without further ado, check out Roannes’ post below where she talks candidly about wanting more from her life for herself and for her kids and how travel is going to be playing a huge part in that!
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Hi! Not many of you guys know me but my name’s Roanne, I’m a travel blogger and run thefullvoyage, I’m a complete coffee lover and spend most of my free time with my face in a book or wandering my local town. I met Amy online and we shared a common interest, and that’s how we got to where we are in life, how did we decide that what we do is right for us?! So, I thought I’d share my story on why I want to travel!
When it comes down to my life, it’s always been like everyone else’s life; tired, routine, same-old same-old; nothing that’s really new or really me. I get it, everyone has to go to school, get a job, buy a house, have kids and that’s it. But that’s where I was wrong. All my childhood life I watched my friends fly off to new destinations and even watched my own sisters travel the world from a young age. I never did. I got envious and hated everyone that got the chance. I hated my parents more because I never got to go either. I just wanted to know what the big fuss was about.
I wanted to see what else was out there and if it was better than what I had.
Yet, even though I was extremely jealous I pretended I was happy that my sisters got to go France, Spain or Germany, whilst I stayed at home. It really broke my heart, it wasn’t my sisters’ fault I couldn’t go, it wasn’t anybody’s really. When I had my opportunity my parents didn’t have the money but when my sisters time came my mum and dad managed to just scrape enough to send them. I didn’t understand at the time and just thought it was favouritism and that was that.
My first taste for flying was at 15 years old and I LOVED it! I loved it so much I couldn’t wait to go again – we went Cyprus and, for the first time in my life I felt amazing and free, like I belonged somewhere. In the first week anyway! During the second week I felt like the routine had kicked in again and I longed to explore somewhere new, do something more. Before I knew it I was back home sitting on my bed wishing I was at the airport, luggage in hand. But normal people don’t get fly and travel often? That’s only for the rich and famous or really important, smart people. I wish I knew then that that was so wrong.
Fast forward 2 years and I found myself pregnant. Yep, 17 years old and I was a mother. I got told by countless amounts of people that my life was over and I’ll never amount to anything. I believed them for years and I remained unhappy, it was worse being in an abusive relationship. Having to watch all my friends go and explore with their little families but I was confined to my home with mine. It made me more eager to see the world.
I’d spend most of my evening writing books I never published and crying in the bath, it isn’t the part of my life I ever want to remember but it was the time of my life I’m grateful for because without it I may never have found the courage to get to where I am now. I learnt so much in the hours that lead to leaving my ex and the biggest things where:
- I was allowed to be free and to smile
- Nobody could ever tell me how to raise my children or ever had the right to treat them like crap either
- And that I was human and deserved happiness.
I know these things are obvious but when you’re caught up in the lies and torment that’s thrown at you, you sort of lose yourself and abuse becomes the norm but it’s not the end and I’m glad I didn’t give up as the next day I left.
Eventually after 4 years of being with my partner and now having 2 children, I couldn’t take it anymore and I got out, I took a trip to the courts and there was a lot of heartache but I was finally free and this is when my real adventure began. I was now a newly single mother and I needed to provide for my children, I gave up my home and moved into my grandparents’ house where I still currently live, I got a job working in a distribution centre and I met the love of my life and guess what? He loves to travel!
So now what? How am I going to provide for my children and travel the world? I started to look into it and found out its definitely possible! Hundreds of people do it all over the world, so why not me? I started to find out about homeschooling and it looked amazing! I got to spend as much time with my 4 & 2 year old as I wanted and get to show them the world with me! I just needed to find a way to get an income so, I started my blog – thefullvoyage and got to work. I looked into adverts and affiliate links and sponsored posts and I looked into making my own travel planners to sell! Bingo! A full time wage should be at the palm of my hands! And now I’m 2 months into my blog I have a plan for the next two months and I’m super excited!
Because of my motivation and dreams (and obviously the support of my partner and best friend) that I never gave up on I’m currently planning my first ever UK tour! (With a holiday to Cyprus in the middle) and I’ve never been happier. I can honestly say that all the suffering, pain and waiting is worth it all! I’m finally at the best point of my life that I could ask for. Never give up on your dreams and fate will bring you to where you want – or where you need to go, and it will always be for the best. And always remember that help is out there, don’t be afraid to ask. This is my journey and I won’t let my past, present or future put a stop to it, I have no destination, I only have a dream, and that’s for me to give my children the life I never had.