To celebrate the launch of Cecelia Ahern's new book, The Year I Met You, Marie Claire reader Liz Parry, 39, from Colchester, reveals what inspired her to go on a life-changing adventure.
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‘Losing my dad to cancer when he was 66 was a huge shock. When he passed away in 2010, it made me think about my own life. Because he regretted not having travelled, I decided to see the world while I could. My husband couldn’t leave his job so I had to go on my own, which was daunting, but I quit my office job and spent three months travelling around Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.
‘I learned loads about myself – that I’m very resourceful, good at making friends, and up for trying new things, from elephant-trekking in Laos to motorbiking around Vietnam.
‘Back in Britain, I now try to go on a couple of interesting trips each year. Recently, I walked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. My new approach to life is you should never put off the things you want to do.’