If not traveling, what is your 9 to 5 like?
I live and work in the stunning English Lake District, so it’s like being on holiday all year round. I work at an outdoor education center by day, and in the evening can often be found playing my flute with a local group, or hiking and kayaking with hubbie Pete in what we affectionately call our ‘back yard’.
Who, or what, inspired you to travel the first time?
Family holidays usually involved the Alps, camping, rain and arguments. It wasn’t until going to Durham University that I began discovering the world properly. I spent my student loan sneaking off on adventures with a friend, including Russia, Finland and the Czech Republic, and haven’t looked back. We never told our friends since we didn’t want company to complicate the trips, and to this day they have no idea!
How have you changed your life to travel more?
Rather than lamenting the fact we still haven’t won the lottery, we put money into holiday savings each month, spend frugally on the essentials, and when we go out it tends to be ‘free’ activities like wild camping or boating. I usually book trips well in advance which allows me to keep an eye out for cheap deals. Our accommodations have often been upgraded simply through this approach.
How has travel changed your life?
Travel is my life. Whether we’re away on an exotic adventure, or at home researching the next, not a day goes by without some travel related activity. It’s opened up my curiosity, and made me restless – I always have to know what is around the corner, and usually have our next holiday planned before we’ve returned from the last. I also know I’m good at it, which gives me confidence in all aspects of life.
What is your main purpose/goal of your travel blog?
I used to work in travel, and have continued to arrange trips for friends, colleagues and acquaintances ever since. I realized that to have all my experiences and travel tips in one place would be an ideal resource. I hope to inspire fellow independent travellers to follow their dreams, as well as showing that travel is possible without giving up your ‘other’ life. I love putting pen to paper with a view to helping people on their own travels, and making them chuckle along the way with tales of our misadventures.
This or That:
Backpack or rolling suitcase? Suitcase (but that’s just between you and me!)
Cities or Open Spaces? Open spaces all the way
Salty or sweet? Sweet, so long as it involves chocolate
Sandals or Snow Boots? Sandals on holiday, snow boots at home
Comedy or Drama? Comedy, can’t get away from it travelling with my husband