A Bit About Me
It has always been my dream to start a travel blog and share my experiences with the world. It’s something I have been working on as a side line for years. But as is the case with a person like me, there was always a reason not to go ahead and take those bold steps towards actually launching, be it extreme anxiety (what if people don’t think I’m good enough?) or, on a more practical level, having the time and money to dedicate to it.
I know what you might be thinking: an anxious person, completely captivated by travel and adventure, might not be the perfect mix of personality traits and I will admit that it has its difficulties. However, the joy of planning a trip and seeing it come together, whilst also embracing the unexpected adventures you stumble upon along the way is the stuff that dreams are made of for me now, even if I do sometimes have to push through my comfort zone.
I first had this epiphany when I was 19, sat down overlooking the Champagne Pools on Fraser Island in Australia (after an internal episode obsessing about all the wildlife that might eat me): I had spent the past year working my butt off at three jobs simultaneously in order to jet off on this amazing round-the-world trip, which deep down truly terrified me, and here I finally had a moment of quiet reflection to ask myself, has it all been truly worth it? In case you hadn't guessed, the answer to this question was absolutely, 1000%, YES. My experimental affair with travel had turned in to true love before my very eyes and as undeniably cheesy as it sounds I still look back to this moment whenever I feel myself starting to panic and it makes me feel calm again.
In my own personal way, I feel qualified to say that it’s all too easy to let the things you enjoy most in life slip through your fingers, especially if they require a certain amount of effort or risk to maintain. But I decided a long time ago I needed to keep in touch with my inner traveller in order to feel the kind of pure happiness I touched upon in Australia all those years ago, even if – now that I’m in my 30s and have a mortgage and responsibilities – it’s not in the conventional sense of packing my bags and backpacking across the globe indefinitely.
Why The Weekend Wanderer?
I came up with the concept of ‘The Weekend Wanderer’ because I know that there are others out there who want to explore the world, but at the same time want to put down some roots and build a home for themselves. This might seem like a conflicting notion but it doesn’t have to be. In my own case, I can now look back and see that over the past few years I had been subconsciously shaping the life of a world-traveller whilst also making it fit around my job as a personal assistant / freelance writer. This wasn’t ever something I gave much thought to until people started to question how I managed to fit so many trips in to the space of one year. Didn’t my boss have a problem with all of this extra time off? Well, the truth is I wasn’t really taking any more than the usual. I had just learned to utilise the time I had to its maximum travel potential.
What I love about this day and age is that no matter what your budget and time allowances are, there is an amazing adventure waiting for you somewhere in this world or even in your own country. For me this is the glorious United Kingdom and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of searching for new ways for it to charm and astound me. So from here on you can expect a variation of travel tips and articles from me; some recounting big adventures that have taken months of meticulous planning; others covering smaller, more impromptu trips with friends, family and/or my boyfriend (now fiancé!!) James and, of course, our bouncy chocolate labrador, Byron. I hope I can inspire some of you to throw caution to the wind and start living the globe-trotting life you’re longing for. Trust me, it’s not just there for nomads and backpackers, it’s for all of us.