Part 1 – How losing my Dad at 5 led me to Roam

I thought it was time to formally introduce myself and explain the story behind Roam.

My name is Natalie, I am a true wanderluster who is  passionate about the world around us.  I am also a mother of 2, living in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.

Whilst Roam only began in November 2019, there have been 42 years of life lived, that led me to Roam.

At the age of 5, I lost my Dad, Morry, to Cancer. He passed away at 41 years of age leaving behind 2 daughters, aged 5 and 7. Loosing him so early shaped me and my approach to life. In the younger years, I was a very anxious and cautious little girl, afraid to go too far from the safety of home. Going on school camp was always a tear-ridden experience and come the end of high school, I didn’t want to steer too far from my front door.

It was only when I graduated university, that everything changed and I began to open my eyes to the world. I had my first taste of travel at 21 when I backpacked Europe with two school friends. It dawned on me that I was now having experiences my father was missing out on, he had barely seen the world. This, was the single driving force behind my motivation for travel. I wanted to life life to the fullest. I didn’t want to miss out on anything and I wanted to make every experience count. And so I slowly started to release the shackles of my anxiety and embrace the world at my feet.

I am going to leave it here for now, as there is still much to tell. Thank you for taking the time to read Part 1 of my story. Despite some sadness, there are many amazing, joyous moments ahead.

I can't wait to share Part 2...

To be continued...

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