Woman who left her corporate career to travel the world: 'The scariest thing wasn't quitting my job'

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In November 2012, Clelia Mattana quit her corporate job to travel 'indefinitely.'

She left behind an established career as a sourcing coordinator at luxury fashion brand Burberry, a good salary, and her own apartment in London.

But the scariest thing for Mattana wasn't quitting her job.

It was being stuck in it.

"At some point I realized that the scariest thing wasn't quitting my job, but staying in there, wasting my years and only dreaming of a life I would never live," she told Business Insider in an email.

She was deeply unhappy at her job because it wasn't her "true nature."

"When I imagined how my life would have looked in 10 years, working in a field that didn't represent me at all, something broke inside me and I knew that I had to do something radical to change my situation," Mattana said.

Photos of Mattana's journeys so far:

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Living on the edge!! My fear of heights could not stop me from standing at the very edge of the highest waterfall in the world! Victoria Falls❤️ Zambia Side! Scared? YOU BET! But is totally safe as the guides grabbed my ankles whilst I was screaming, half excited and half terrified! Oh but that view.... Nothing else like this! UNBELIEVABLE! This is still part of my amazing experience with @wilddogsafaris during our epic 23 days African Odissey trip. TWENTY THREE days filled with so many experiences that I'm still trying to process them all😍#natgeotravel #natgeoyourshot #viewpoint #victoriafalls #adrenalinejunkie #zambia #amazingview #iloveafrica
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On top of the world at the Fish River Canyon in Namibia, second only to the Grand Canyon ❤️thank you to one of the super fun (and very patient!!!) guides at @wilddogsafaris for taking the time to follow me everywhere and make sure I wasn't in danger when taking these amazing shots!😄#africa #namibia #natgeoyourshot #amazingview #viewpoint #natgeotravel
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A dream coming true! I wanted to visit Pammukkale natural infinity pools in Turkey forever, they didn't disappoint me at all. The only advice: go there very early in the morning to avoid the crowds. And bring your bikini! <3 #jaw_dropping_pictures #jaw_dropping_shots #viewpoint #pammukale #PHOTOARENA #blue #photogram #travelpics #travelstoke #trip #turkey #infinitypools #lovefromturkey #adavegastravel #youshouldbehere
Another day in #paradise 💙Do you know where you can admire this fantastic view? #sardinia #cagliari #sardegnagram #sea #natgeotravel #natgeoyourshot #natgeotravelpic #lonelyplanet #view #igersardegna #igerscagliari #sardiniaexperience #lanuovasardegna #sardegnaofficial #sardegnagram #sardegna
What a night! If I could describe it in one word I'd say: PEACE. I spent the night in front of the Okavango Delta in Botswana during my 23 day African Odissey trip with @wilddogsafaris , staring at the stars and listening to the sounds of the hippos in the water. It was pure magic. I miss you Africa. So much. ❤️❤️❤️#botswana #okavangodelta #nightsky #stars #Africa #awesomeearth #iloveafrica #amazingview #natgeotravel #natgeoyourshot #nature #naturelovers #night #awesomeearth #awesomedreamplaces #travelstoke #traveldeeper
Sunsets will never cease to amaze me! This one was taken in the amazing #seychelles at Anse Intedance. Pure magic! @davidoffparfums its been an awesome trip ❤️🙏❤️#natgeoyourshot #natgeotravel #sunset #sunsetlovers #sunset_madness #ocean #amazing_captures #natgeotravelpic #bbctravel #canon_photos #awesomeearth #grammasters3
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So, once she made up her mind to go, she transferred over $1,000 from her paycheck to her savings for three months. She also sold some belongings, welcomed a roommate, and dialed down her social life in order to save $16,000 in five months. On November 19, 2012, Mattana handed in her letter of resignation.

"I remember the exact date because that was indeed the happiest day of my life (so far)," she said. "It represented my escape from a prison that I had built with my own hands."

Four years and more than 40 countries later, Mattana is still traveling the world.

She shares her adventures and pictures on Keep Calm and Travel and her Instagram account.

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