An RAF airman sold nearly all of his possessions and decided to travel the world after the death of some important people in his life.
He chose his best friend, a rescued pet ferret, to travel with.
The 25-year-old guy named Charlie Hammerton lost his best friend, his mother, and his adopted mother within the space of a year. He was having a tough time and decided to change the situation.
He decided to quit his job in the armed forces, sold his three cars and some other possessions, and raised £15,000($19,500) to buy a camper van for the journey.
Charlie, from Falmouth, said: “Traveling was the most amazing experience of my life and it was completely liberating.
“We followed the sun across the world and camped under the stars in amazing places. It was beautiful and I spent it with my best friend. I have less money now but I am much wealthier as a person.”
Charlie rescued Bandit from an animal sanctuary back in 2015. His mother died at the age of 53 from motor neurone disease in 2017, followed by his best mate Will Moss at just 22 after a night out, and his adoptive mother Samantha of a heart attack.
He explained: “It was horrible for me but I didn’t want to get into a rut because of it all. I did think about killing myself a couple of times. I didn’t know where to turn.”
“It took a lot of courage for me to do what I did. At the time I was living in a nice flat, had a good job and had three cars. I had a lot of savings behind me and I was lucky enough to be very secure.”
“But it was all just ‘stuff’ to me and didn’t really mean anything. We visited some incredibly scenic places and camped next to some of the most famous places in the world.
“It was incredible to do it with Bandit. He has seen me at my best and my worst and has always been with me. Bandit has been with me through thick and thin.”
“I decided to get rid of the lot – and set off with Bandit. The trip was completely liberating and I really did have an amazing experience. I needed to just go out and do something for me.”
“I went through a really rough time and developed serious depression.I felt suicidal and just didn’t know what to do with myself.
A chain of bad things had happened to me and I had good reason to feel really miserable about my life, but I decided that was not what I wanted to be, I didn’t want this to define me.”
“I sold the lot and just took off. It was the making of me. I channeled the negative energy and turned it into something positive.”
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