How did you manage to turn a passion for adventure into a dream career?
Lots of people dream of getting paid to have adventures. Fewer people dream of the stress of being self employed, the worry about where you will get your next paycheque from, the boredom of having to fill in tax forms and trying to explain to your accountant that yes, buying a shiny new camera is actually work!
What I’m trying to say is that like any career, it comes with its downsides. Not many people I want to hang out with dream of shouting about themselves and relentlessly self-promoting on the internet.
I would also say that the best way to get to go on lots of cool trips is to become a banker, earn a million pounds a year and insist in your contract that you get six months free time a year to go climb mountains and cross deserts. The second best way to have lots of adventures is to become a teacher because you’ll get paid moderately well, and have a decent amount of holiday.
Choosing to actually make your career from adventure depends upon you enjoying the things that you have to do to actually earn money, which in my case is writing, photography, making films, recording podcasts and answering interview questions.
All of those practicalities and realities aside, if you really want to become an adventurer I think you should start by doing a huge adventure because you want to do it. Do something massive and difficult knowing that you would do it even if nobody ever would find out. I wrote a blog post, once called nobody should blog on their first expedition. It was slightly tongue in cheek. But the main point of it was, you should be doing these adventures because they matter to you. Not in order to show off on the internet.
The strange thing about that is that if you do a journey that really, really, really matters to you and you don't care what anyone else thinks, then it is likely to be a brilliant journey a brilliant story, and in a weird roundabout way be exactly the sort of thing you need to do in order to start building a career.