When I was at University, I didn’t have a huge desire to travel. Friends would head off to Thailand or South America for a summer, and I’d think, “Meh, I’ll just stick with Cornwall”.
Then I had a free year to do anything with before I started work, and I thought I suppose Ireally ought to travel. I booked my one way ticket to Melbourne, Australia, and constantly told family and friends that if I didn’t like it, I’d be back within a couple of weeks.
I don’t want to bore you with an overused quote, but sometimes it fits the bill. “Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life” – Michael Palin gets it.
My theory is that travel, like all of life, is made up of associations.
I don’t really know anything other than exploring the world bit by bit and I can’t find another explanation for getting the travel bug than via the genes of my parents. Since I was little, my parents took me travelling in a campervan, which allowed me to see a lot of countries at a young age.
The world is a diverse place, culturally and physically.
My desire to travel first made itself known in school, when learning about countries completely different to my own. Places where people live different lives as a result of their cultural practices, physical surroundings and history.
I was born with the travel bug. Being born into a military family meant I instantly got used to friends and family being scattered all over the United States and the rest of the world. I was born in San Francisco, California, but raised in the city of Washington D.C.
At 25, I had everything most twenty-somethings dream of – a great job, a cute apartment and I had just married my high school sweetheart. Life was good. But there was this nagging feeling that just wouldn’t go away.
For me, travelling is about seeing beyond the veneer of a place. It’s about reading beyond the first page of a city’s metaphorical book. It’s about understanding the little things that add up to create a burning passion in the hearts of the locals.
I've had the privilege of growing up in very different parts of the world; though born, raised, and currently residing in Canada, I lived in the Philippines for eleven years prior to university. I've also had the privilege of travelling through South East Asia, North America, and Europe.
In 2009 I began to suffer from anxiety which for too many years prevented me from living my life. It completely robbed me of my identity; I changed from a confident and sociable person to a withdrawn shadow.
Why do I travel? The question that strikes me more is why wouldn’t I travel? My parents have always loved a holiday so I guess that my eyes grew wide from a young age, and when I finished school there was going to be no stopping me from making my first long-term solo trip.
There are three main reasons why I love travelling. First off, the people you meet are incredible!
Whether they are also travellers or the locals of where you're exploring, you'll find people with totally new perspectives on the world to make you think, make you laugh and make you do things you didn't think you could.
When I was eleven years old, I moved with my family from Leicestershire in England to the Wairarapa in New Zealand. We lived there for three years before returning to the UK; following this I always knew I wanted to travel.
Whether it’s jumping on a plane, on a train or even in the car for an hour’s drive south, travel has allowed me to see the world and experience the essence of humanity in the most incredibly diverse contexts.
I travel to live! Traveling allows me to experience something different and escape the monotony of everyday life. When you're on the road, everyday is an adventure, and everyday you're experiencing something new.
This is not the be all and end all list of money saving tips for travel; this is just my personal game plan. These are pieces of advice I’ve gathered from years of travelling myself, from working in accounts roles, and from people I’ve met through my work as a travel consultant. I do practice what I preach, and these are steps I follow every time I travel.
Sometimes our goodbyes are more profound and are for forever, as we know it. Death can come by in many different ways. When we decide to go travelling there is such an excitement with all the adventure that beckons. So, what should we do when the one thing that would bring us home in an instant – the loss or threatened loss of a loved one – actually happens? Or when we are due to go on our travels and someone dies?
When planning and preparing for your trip, whether it’s a weekend break or the big gap year that you have had your sights set on throughout school, university or your working career, arguably the most exciting part is getting those flights booked up so that there is no going back!
When I first signed up to couchsurfing.com five years ago, I had no idea that I would actually get the chance to use it. I signed up for fun because I really liked the thought of potentially hosting and meeting new people from around the world.
Attention traveling ladies, you are killing it out there. You have managed to push the negative societal stigmas aside and venture out into the world on your own. Despite the warnings of danger urging women not to step foot abroad alone, you headed out into the great unknown.
Travelling for many girls is about doing something different. This could mean sunbathing on the white sandy beaches of the Whitsunday islands, swimming in the bath-like temperatures of the Indian Ocean, getting lost in Borneo’s orang-utan filled rainforests, or even Tokyo’s intricate subway system.
We met in high school , I was 15, him 18. One day he asked me out after class and we have been together ever since. We grew up together, Josh and I. He became more than just my boyfriend, he became my best friend. Everything we did, we did together.
HQ had the pleasure of catching up with Helena Murphy, Community Editor at Urban Outfitters. Here she discusses the importance of paperbacks, the wonders of Reykjavik, her passion for photography and how she keeps her travel bug sated when not on the road.
HQ had the pleasure of catching up with Melanie Van Egdom, aka Mel, Founder of Ladies Gone Global, a fellow female travel community inspiring women to travel. Here she discusses her inspiration, meeting Santa, how to overcome obstacles and what she hopes to achieve through all of her hard work.
HQ had the pleasure of catching up with Gloria Atanmo, aka Glo, Founder of theblogabroad, a travel blog where she chronicles her exploits as an adventure junkie. Here she discusses her inspiration, her fedora obsession, how to handle criticism and what she hopes to achieve through all of her hard work.
HQ had the pleasure of catching up with Billie Norman, Founder of Voyage Collective, a website dedicated to travel guides that highlight hidden gems, off-the-beaten track adventures, delicious eateries and cool venues to enjoy a drink at all over the world. Here she discusses her inspiration, Canada appreciation, how to deal with days in darkness and what she hopes to achieve through all of her hard work.
HQ had the pleasure of catching up with Emily Rathmanner, founder of the travel blog Wild Beach Dog & @3thingsthatmakemesmile, a happiness campaign that aims to help us all to stay present and appreciate life's little daily moments. Here she discusses her inspiration, her dreams of a simple life & discovering mermaids and what she hopes to achieve through all of her hard work.
HQ had the pleasure of interviewing Olivia O'Connor, founder of Don't Tell Summer, who make Hats with a Purpose where a portion of the profits from each purchase goes into a fund to help a young person pursue their dreams. Here, she discusses her inspiration, following her gut instinct to get out of sketchy situations and why you should pursue your dreams now.
HQ had the pleasure of interviewing Jen Heuett, founder of Travel Trust & Wanderlust, an initiative aiming through their #dayoftrust to highlight all the wonderful things women can gain through solo travel. Here she talks through her inspiration, what you gain from being on the road alone and how you can get involved with her mission.
HQ had the pleasure of interviewing Dilara Earle, an original GT contributor & co-founder of The Pickle Sandwich, a project that aims to raise awareness about disability and it's impact on everyday life, and open up the discussion on disability and all it's facets. Here she discusses her inspiration, the pros and cons of travelling with a hearing impediment and what she has gained from heading out onto the road.
HQ had the pleasure of interviewing Sheona Bello, an avid solo female traveller who shares her thoughts on The Sheona Experient, a lifestyle blog she founded. Here she discusses her inspiration, how she manages to juggle a busy schedule (two jobs, chairing a society, studying, travelling AND a blog) and what she has gained through travelling as a solo lady.
HQ had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah Liu, Founder of The Dream Collective, an organisation that aims to connect and develop high calibre young professional women worldwide. Here she talks us through her inspiration, and what she hopes to achieve through all of her hard work.