The Great Escape

A girl from London decides it’s time to follow her dreams…

“…Yes to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free,
Silhouetted by the sea…”

Bob Dylan

My name is Ola and I am 32 years old.

After 10 years of living a 9-5 life in one of the busiest cities in the world, I have chosen to break free, leave my job and to go travelling.

Starting in Cuba, I will travel through Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, The Galapagos Islands, Argentina, LA, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia and Japan.

My mission on this trip is to experience as much as I can from the world and from the people I meet along the way, in the hope that I will learn more about myself and discover what it is that I really want to do with my life. The biggest question I face, perhaps, is a simple one we all ask ourselves at times: what makes me happy?

I need time; time away from the big smoke, time off from work and time to focus on my dreams. I want to sing about everything I see and experience from the world, and hope that my story will inspire you to follow your dreams as well!

It’s never too late.

This blog is a personal account of my travels and my journey through an unsung world.

What’s in it for you?

  • Confidence that no matter what stage in life you are at, it is never too late to turn your life around and to follow your dreams.

For the aspiring (and fellow) traveller:

  • Highlights and best bits; places to visit, to eat, to sleep, to drink and travel tips.
  • Advice on how to prepare, how to make the most of your money and the resources you will need to make things happen. Check out my section on planning, including top 5 things to do before you leave.


© Copyright 2014 Alexandra Ola Janina Walsh. All rights reserved.



4 thoughts on “The Great Escape

  1. Hey,
    How was the jungle trip? We’re in San cristobal but about to head of to Guatemala. We’re trying to firm up our plans and have a few days spare in Costa Rica. What was the paradise you stayed in called?

    Travel safe

    • Hey Mike! Jungle was wet and cold and van was pumping out the air con. No pants to save me this time – had to take the cold and then got a cold! You must be loving San Cristobal. We arrived yesterday and got straight on the red wine and mulled wine – how cold is it here! Going to a village on Sunday where they apparently sacrifice chickens in some church – bit Temple of Doom! In Costa Rica I recommend Cahuita. We stayed in a cabin of La Piscina Natural it’s at the end of a coastal path. They have a huge Garden of Eden backing onto the sea. On the path to town there are a few bars that hire bikes so you can cycle into town and to the national park. The bars on the coastal path are AWESOME. Very chilled, Bob Marley, Caribbean vibe. The town is small and there are animals everywhere in the park. La Piscina has a big booze stocked fridge and kitchen. You can use herbs and veggies from the garden and eggs from the chickens. Shops in town stock lots of food and there are restaurants. Best google the weather as I went in February. The town website is really good for local information – hope that helps! Oh there’s also a sloth sanctuary worth visiting. Have an amazing trip guys!!

  2. I have to say your Amazonia recap has helped me tremendously.

    It’s the best I have seen on the web and will utilize it further as I leave Thursday for Leticia .

    Thank you


    • So glad to hear it! Have an amazing adventure! Random memory – take time to look up at the stars when you leave Leticia. The sky is amazing. Actually out of everywhere I’ve travelled to in the world Colombia has the best night sky. It’s like you’re in space : )

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