It started with El Camino de Santiago de Compostela in 2010 – 800 kilometers (almost 500 miles) on foot through Spain. Something happened with me when I spent 20 days (an average of 40 km a day) on my own, walking between 8 and 12 hours a day. The feeling of carrying everything you need for living in a backpack and not having any other plans or musts than to put one foot in front of the other – that’s true freedom for me, and truly living your life to the fullest.In June 2014, me and my mom was 5 seconds from a car accident, and there and then I got a huge and clear reminder about life not being eternal. I booked the trip I’d been dreaming about since forever and three months later, I celebrated my 35th birthday on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro – the roof of Africa – overlooking the sunrise over Tanzania. The feeling of total freedom hit me again and once again I noted that my life could be so much more than spending my days in the crowded hometown of mine – Stockholm – working, stressing and sleeping my life away.
So, I opened my dusty book that I bought three years ago – Te Araroa, a walking guide to New Zealand’s Long Trail – the book about the trail across the country of my dreams, the adventure I thought would remain a huge and unattainable dream for me. I was wrong. Between October 2015 and April 2016 I will take five months off from my work as a personal trainer and experience the adventure of my life – 3000 kilometers on foot through New Zeeland. I hope you’ll follow me along the trail!Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org