My story

Hi there

Angela Sherman, founder of Outwardist

Angela Sherman

I’m Angela – and it’s great to have you here!

One of my earliest memories, is of riding my tricycle along the flat sandy beaches of the south coast of England, looking out at the horizon and feeling excited about what might lie beyond. I must have been just three or four years old.

I’ve always loved exploring new places and meeting new people. I’m guessing you’re the same.

Over the years I’ve travelled a lot. I’ve also faced times in my life where I’ve felt as though my travel dreams were disappearing. I know how finding the time, freedom and flexibility to see more of the world can sometimes seem impossible.

In addition, when we reach our middle years (I’m in my 50s) it’s not unusual to have had some difficult stuff to deal with in life – or find ourselves with ongoing commitments that keep us tied to one place.

In 2014 I began to question whether I really did need to be working at the same desk in the same office every day, when maybe – just  maybe – I could find a way to be anywhere in the world at anytime I chose.

That’s when I started to make a big shift in how I live and how I work.

I spent the following four years in 11 different countries across three continents – doing the same work as before but just in a different way.

I’ve never looked back! I now live in Denmark (originally from the UK), and I now travel for several months at a time rather than all the time.

Through travelling – and also meeting new people closer to home – I’ve had life-changing conversations with amazing people I wouldn’t ordinarily meet, and I’ve spent time in places I wouldn’t otherwise reach.

But the best thing by far is not just what I’ve learned about the wider world, but what I’ve learned about myself.

I’ve built up a wonderful international network of friends and contacts. I’ve gone from a technophobe to someone who can now run a website – and operate on the move from anywhere.

I’ve created a life on my terms, instead of living a life prescribed by the convention of how we’re supposed to live and work… and I love it.

“The stories we’re often taught about the people and places of this world are not always true. For me, the best thing by far about my travels has been the people I’ve met. Uncovering their stories has not only taught me more about the world, but it’s taught me a whole heap about myself.”

Work-wise, I have a background in marketing and copywriting, and I also spent many years running a major website about nursing care funding, which I launched when my parents needed nursing care that was being unlawfully denied them in the UK. It was a pretty horrendous time for us as a family, but it led me to do a lot of speaking gigs on the subject, as well as TV and radio interviews. That whole experience also gave me a greater yearning to be free to travel more.

When I’m not working…

View of dusk in the Westfjörds region of Iceland

Vestfirðir, Iceland

You’ll find me taking close-up pictures of insects and flowers, to see the world of incredible detail that’s all around us.

I love cats, wilderness, forests, mountains, big skies and broad horizons – and I love exploring new places with my musician partner Tim.

5 fast facts about me…

1. I once had hypnotherapy for a spider phobia, and afterwards I let a beautiful bird-eating tarantula walk up my arm. It was amazing.

2. I make yummy raw vegan chocolates and truffles.

3. An artic fox once took me for a walk. Seriously.

4. One of the best things I’ve ever done is visit Nepal (several times now), and realise just how fortunate I am to have had two parents who loved me and to have all the opportunities I have in life. One of my favourite charities is ChoraChori. The team confront violence against children in Nepal, managing trauma and bringing child rapists to justice. They’re changing lives.

5. One of my favourite ways to travel is to house sit. Over the past few years I’ve completed 77 house sits across the world and looked after 163 cats, two fish – and one dog. I really love house sitting – it’s a great way to get to know new places and meet lovely people (and cats).

Read more about why I set up Outwardist