About Me

Char’s Footsteps

Hi everyone, I’m Char! A twenty-something from London looking to document my two biggest passions – running and travelling. I recently took the plunge to quit my job and travel the world on a one-way ticket – with a few big international running races thrown in. I leave in October where I’ll start my trip in Vietnam, before slowly making my way to Australia. This blog will be to share my experiences and hopefully provide some useful tips along the way.

Here’s a small history of my running and travel journey so far πŸ™‚

Running

I decided to sign up to the London Marathon in 2014 to take on a new challenge, have something to fundraise for and to have an outlet from university stress that wasn’t alcohol fuelled. After running the marathon in 2015, I was hooked and have now run 7 marathons around the world. My goals currently are to complete the 6 World Major Marathons (I have completed London, New York, Chicago and Berlin already – just Tokyo and Boston left!), actually qualify for Boston (this will take a lifetime at this rate), to run an ultra-marathon and – my ultimate goal – finish a full Ironman triathlon. My next big race will be the Singapore marathon in November, but I have several summer/autumn half marathons lined up too.

My running instagram is: https://www.instagram.com/runchar2/

Marathons Completed:

  • London x 3
  • New York
  • Paris
  • Berlin
  • Chicago

Half Marathons – x 11

Travelling

I’ve been really lucky to grow up in a family that has encouraged travelling, so we often went away to explore new countries and learn about different cultures. My first solo backpacking trip was during my summer holidays at university, where I spent 6 weeks in Thailand and Laos! Since then, I’ve travelled all over East/South-East Asia, parts of the USA and Europe on solo backpacking trips – typically by saving up all my annual leave and going on one big trip. This year I decided to quit my job and spend 6-8 months travelling around countries I’ve been dreaming to visit for years. My adventure starts in October!

My travelling instagram is: https://www.instagram.com/char.travels/

Countries visited so far: 32

AfghanistanLesotho
AlbaniaLiberia
AlgeriaLibya
AndorraLiechtenstein
AngolaLithuania
AnguillaLuxembourg
AntarcticaMadagascar
Antigua and BarbudaMalawi
ArgentinaMalaysia βœ“
ArmeniaMaldives
ArubaMali
Australiaβœ“Malta
AustriaMarshall Islands
AzerbaijanMauritania
BahamasMauritius
BahrainMexicoβœ“
BangladeshMicronesia
Barbados βœ“Moldova
BelarusMonaco
BelgiumMongolia
Belizeβœ“Montenegro
BeninMorocco
Bermuda βœ“Mozambique
BhutanMyanmar
BoliviaNamibia
Bosnia and HerzegovinaNauru
BotswanaNepal
BrazilNetherlands βœ“
British Virgin IslandsNew Zealandβœ“
BruneiNicaraguaβœ“
Bulgaria βœ“Niger
Burkina FasoNigeria
BurundiNorth Korea
Cambodiaβœ“North Macedonia
CameroonNorway
Canada βœ“Oman
Cape VerdePakistan
Cayman IslandsPalau
Central African RepublicPalestine State
ChadPanamaβœ“
ChilePapua New Guinea
ChinaParaguay
Colombiaβœ“Peru
ComorosPhilippinesβœ“
Costa Ricaβœ“Poland
CΓ΄te d’IvoirePortugal βœ“
Croatia βœ“Puerto Rico
CubaQatar
CyprusRomania
Czech Republic βœ“Russia
Democratic Republic of CongoRwanda
DenmarkSaint Kitts and Nevis
DjiboutiSaint Lucia βœ“
DominicaSaint Vincent and the Grenadines
Dominican RepublicSamoa
EcuadorSan Marino
Egypt βœ“Sao Tome and Principe
El Salvadorβœ“Saudi Arabia
Equatorial GuineaSenegal
EritreaSerbia
EstoniaSeychelles βœ“
EthiopiaSierra Leone
FijiSingapore βœ“
FinlandSlovakia
France βœ“Slovenia
GabonSolomon Islands
GambiaSomalia
GeorgiaSouth Africa βœ“
Germany βœ“South Korea
GhanaSouth Sudan
Greece βœ“Spain βœ“
GreenlandSri Lanka βœ“
GrenadaSudan
GuadeloupeSuriname
GuamSwaziland
Guatemalaβœ“Sweden
GuernseySwitzerland βœ“
GuineaSyria
Guinea-BissauTaiwan
GuyanaTajikistan
HaitiTanzania
Holy See βœ“Thailand βœ“
HondurasTimor-Leste
Hong Kong βœ“Togo
HungaryTonga
IcelandTrinidad and Tobago βœ“
IndiaTunisia
Indonesia βœ“Turkey βœ“
IranTurkmenistan
IraqTuvalu
Ireland βœ“Uganda
Isle of ManUkraine
IsraelUnited Arab Emirates
Italy βœ“United Kingdom βœ“
JamaicaUnited States of America βœ“
JapanUruguay
JerseyUzbekistan
Jordanβœ“Vanuatu
KazakhstanVenezuela
Kenya βœ“Vietnamβœ“
KiribatiVirgin Islands
KuwaitWestern Sahara
KyrgyzstanYemen
Laos βœ“Zambia
LatviaZimbabwe
Lebanon

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