Sue Stockdale talks to Karen Espley, who could be described as 'the accidental adventurer' about what encouraged her to travel to Antarctica, New Zealand and West Africa. After 15 years working in large businesses, clawing her way up the career ladder Karen Espley had a demanding job with almost unbearable levels of stress. With the cushion of having saved enough money to live without earning for a year, Karen realised that there must be more to life, and when an opportunity came for a life changing trip to the Antarctic in 2000, she took the plunge and began her journey to find a different way to live and to escape from the expectations she grew up with.
These adventures included living on a Russian base in the Antarctic, and working as a project manager in a rainforest in Ghana with Raleigh International. Karen then travelled back to the UK through West Africa via Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal using only public transport. In 2013 at 50 years old, she had a midlife crisis and then travelled around New Zealand and Australia in a camper van.
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