2016: I quit my Mon-Fri job in England due to stress overload; took some time out to re-discover my balance, re-think my life and finish my Masters degree. Flew to Mexico in 2017 to begin an adventure travelling and volunteering through Central America; if it involves skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, scuba diving or mountain biking then I’m going to experience it and tell you all about it…hopefully making it easier for you to go try it for yourself.
Hi folks, my name is Jon, I was born in 1981 and I’m from a small town called Alton, in Hampshire, England. After spending 5 years working and snowboarding in ski resorts around the world I returned to England at the age of 28 to ‘grow up, get a career and buy my first property’; with a bit of luck and a lot of hard work the plan succeeded…
Fast forward 6 years however and I was just about to snap in two; working 12 hours days/50-70 hour weeks slumped in front of a computer screen, every day crammed with constant stress, feeling like a slave to the job (and sinking half a bottle of red most nights to try and dull the pain).
The simple lesson I learnt: happiness is more important than money!
So, with help from my family and friends I managed to regain control of my life. I quit my job, sold my flat, and made a plan to travel the world ‘until further notice’…
I arrived in Mexico on May 1st 2017 and began exploring. I’m hoping to visit every single country in Central and South America within no specific time frame so I can truly experience the people and the cultures. Along the way I’m going to skate, snowboard, surf, scuba dive and mountain bike wherever, and whenever I can. In addition to this I’ll be volunteering for various charities along the way that focus on using action sports to facilitate youth engagement and intercultural communication.
I’ve got some basic savings to kick me off but they won’t last forever, so I want to see if it’s truly possible to earn enough from a blog to enable me to travel long term.
I therefore invite you to join me on this adventure as I become, the Action Sports Nomad.
Picture taken in 2015 before quitting work in 2016, this was on a good day!
(note heavy bags under eyes from constant stress)
Picture taken during the first month of my travels in May 2017, much happier already! 🙂