Hello and welcome to Roaming Wild Rosie! I’m Rosanne, a Dutch-born London based wilderness lover. I spent years working as a model and then went back to university to become an interior designer. I loved my life in London until, in 2016, I decided I needed a change. A drastic one. I quit my job and went to East Asia to travel.
Soon I was living the life that most people dream of. Until I realised that the constant travel from one tourist destination to the next wasn’t for me. Stressed out from travelling I did my first overnight hike in South Korea (which you can read all about here). I didn’t have any of the equipment or backcountry knowledge but I realised I loved to hike. I was blown away by the views. I travelled to Japan and did several more overnight hikes, where I slept on the floor of a mountain hut on top of a supermarket poncho and woke up to a mouse walking on top of me. I was hooked.
It wasn’t long until I was introduced to thru-hiking. Not just an overnight backpacking trip, but walking for weeks or months. I wrote all about my first foray into long distance hiking in a story for Glamour magazine, which you can read here! Despite the excruciating foot pain I suffered throughout my first trips, and my maddening fear of camping on my own, I soon embraced the freedom of walking and living in the wild. And that’s a good thing, because I always hike solo and love to make up my own long distance routes.
Don’t get me wrong, I love hiking established trails, like the 3000 km Te Araroa in New Zealand which I hiked in 2017/18. But I also love the adventure of choosing my own route, and really depending on myself. While I enjoy the comradery on trail, I don’t like to depend on other hikers, apps or trail angels. To me, the idea is to do it all myself. This is how I spent my first trip circumnavigating 1600 km around Tasmania, and how in 2017 I walked a 2500 km route covering most of Iceland, all alone.
Next year, I’m hiking the well-established Pacific Crest Trail in the US, and the year after I plan to walk the length of Norway. Beyond that, there are a myriad of trails and other routes I’m investigating. Walking through Central Asia, for example. The world is big and adventures are endless. So stick around – I plan to share all of my stories!