Hello, I’m Martha. My friends call me Marf, although for the sake of etiquette and elegance let’s stick with ‘Martha’. I’m a twenty-something Graphic Designer with a passion for travelling, exploring and all things creative. I have just returned from my second round-the-world trip and still plan to see as much of the world as I can in the future.

Sitting on a cliff at Bondi Beach, Sydney

I can’t say that I always had these interests. From a young age I loved drawing and I was always the pick of the class where anything creative was involved. I spent my Primary school lunch times reading Beano magazines and trying to copy the illustrations, carrying a pouch of pens and crayons around the playground with me (in a very attractive 1980’s bum-bag!). I always looked forward to my art lessons above any other, so deciding what degree to do and what career to go into was a no-brainer. That’s how I became a Graphic Designer.

After graduation it suddenly hit me that this was the first time in my life that my future wouldn’t be defined by education. Life was full of decisions and essentially I decided that there was more to life than finding the right job. I discovered I also had a passion for something else – travel. I was lucky to find a job in my chosen career doing something that I enjoy, but I was even more fortunate to have found employers that would make pursuing my other passion a possibility.

My childhood was full of long holidays in Western Europe with my parents, brother and sister. We were able to spend two or three weeks at a time travelling through beautiful landscapes, going from city to city, camping most of the way. Unfortunately the scenery was wasted on me. As a result of being young and not knowing any better, I was never grateful for our trips. I spent a lot of time complaining about the long, hot car journeys, just wishing we would settle in one place.

Wondering what the big deal was

I never thought I would grow up and want to travel as much as possible.

In 2008 my friend and I booked a month trip across the USA. At the time it was the most exciting and best thing I had ever done. I knew then that I was hooked – I had caught the travel bug.

At the Grand Canyon, pondering future travels

I spent the next few years fantasising about where to go next and I was lucky enough to be granted a sabbatical to make those fantasies a reality. In 2012 I embarked on a trip around Thailand, Laos, Australia and New Zealand. It was the most meaningful experience of my life to date. For three and a half months I lived as a backpacker, and despite a rocky start involving flight cancellations, extreme homesickness and getting completely lost in Bangkok, I loved it.

That was the life…

I had life changing experiences I had never even dreamed of before I set off.

Taking a break from elephant riding for a photo opportunity

Skydiving in Taupo, New Zealand

I kept a blog every single day I was there. It wasn’t easy (especially with very little sleep and the occasional hangover) but I began to enjoy it and see it as a way of enriching my time away. To my surprise, it wasn’t just my mum that took an interest and I had several followers.

When I got back to the UK and stopped writing, I realised that I missed it.

That’s where this blog comes in. Every morning I wake up to a present my friend bought me before my trip – a scratch off map.

The scratch map currently on the wall near my bed

It was only after scratching off the places I’ve been and expecting to make a noticeable dent in the artwork, that I realised how little I have seen of the world. I realise that scratching off the entire map may be impossible (I can’t say I have much desire to travel to Antarctica) but I plan on removing as much of it as I can in my lifetime. I even hang it by my bed as motivation.

Earlier this year I spent another 3 months travelling around South East Asia before deciding working abroad wasn’t for me and returning back to the UK, with plans of more short term travel in the near future. Who knows where my wanderlust will take me next but I plan to record it all here.

You can find my previous blog here

You can also find my design portfolio here. I am available for freelance work. If you’re looking for a quick wordpress header, logo or anything else, feel free to send me an email at martha_mcgarry@yahoo.co.uk. Prices are negotiable but I can do you a header similar to the one on this website for the bargain price of £25.


4 thoughts on “About

  1. Scratching off countries is a serious obsession. I’m on county 50 and I don’t wanna stop ever! Look forward to following you on your travels! 🙂

  2. I’m really inspired along with your writing talents well as} with the structure in your weblog. Is that this a paid topic or did you modify it yourself? Either way stay up the nice high quality writing, it’s rare to peer a great weblog like this one these days..|

  3. Godspeed Martha. I did the same thing a couple years ago and it was life-altering. I still travel a lot and blog about it here: http://www.crpack.wordpress.com. I call it my Radical Sabbatical.

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