Who we are
– If you do what you love, it is the best way to relax –
My life’s mantra is while I am working I want to love what I am doing and have lots of fun.
This blog is focused on my travel stories. After blogging for four years, things have changed quite a bit. The most significant change is I am a full-time blogger now. Unlike a lot of bloggers that I know, it doesn’t mean that I live as a digital nomad or am on the road on a full-time basis. I do travel frequently, just not constantly. Sometimes it is only for a few weeks, while at other times it is for a couple of months. However, I do try to get as much out of my trips that I possibly can. I am much more into the deeper and slower travel – where I try to connect more deeply with the place that I am visiting through trying out new foods, meeting the locals and through various cultural experiences and much more.
My mission in life is to get to know the world really well – through intelligent travel that focuses on true understanding. This means connecting with the locals and discussing political issues, history, food, culture, and anything else that can help me get to know more about a place. It also involves revisiting places time and time again, instead of just adding tick marks up on a checklist. Sometimes it also involves getting off of the beaten path and seeing beyond the hotspots that tourists flock to and seeking out experiences that are more authentic and trying to see places that might not be visited as much by other travellers. However, most important of all, it just means travelling as deeply and as much as possible to be able to meet, see and understand as much as I possibly can of the world.
I grew up in the small seaside town, located on England’s South Coast. However, I have always wanted to travel from a very early age. It has taken me a very long time to be able to realize my dream. However, ever since I have, nothing has been able to stop me! Although I am based in the UK and US still, these days I am travelling almost constantly – to the extent that I don’t have a fixed address currently. I am a full-time blogger. I am also proud to say that I am multiple award-winning blogger and four times over the past three years have been named as Travel Blogger of the Year. I really like to write, I love to travel, and I am a social media addict, and most of all – I really love running my travel blog. I know that I have been incredibly lucky to have been able to turn my passion into a full-time career!
My mission goes beyond just travelling the world. What I really want to do is get to know it very well. The major theme backing my travel ethics and blog is more intelligent and deeper travel. My style of travel varies from one trip to the next. However, my hunt for finding a good story is the same every time. I love exploring and travelling, to get lost and find hidden gems, talk to the locals about their culture, and – my favourite thing of all – discovering a place through enjoying its food.
I made the decision that I wanted to become a travel writer when I was around sixteen years old. My lifelong dream has always been to be a writer, along with adventure and travel. So I fell instantly in love when I first discovered the genre. Over the years, however, things tended to get a bit off track – as things frequently do. Tons of university debt, lack of self-confidence, and a couple of other disastrous life changes and way too many fears resulted in me ignoring my dreams until I had almost forgotten them.
I started blogging almost four years ago, and it has been a very long journey. I have been able to gather quite a large following over the years; learned a great deal about blogging, marketing, SEO and plenty of other things; grown as a writer and in self-confidence; made a lot of new friends; and – most important of all – travelled as much as possible. I was able to quit my day job at the start of 2014 to blog and travel full time with my (now) husband. It all started with a five-month visit to South America – and I haven’t looked back since. It has been an amazing journey, and I am very grateful for each second – including the mishaps, and there have been hundreds of those. Hopefully, above all else, our blog has shown other people who are in our position how important it is to truly believe in yourself.
Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it’s business or baseball, or the theatre, or any field. If you don’t love what you’re doing and you can’t give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You’ll be an old man before you know it.