Hi, I'm Ella!

Hey, there! I'm Ella - a 20-something year old born and bred in rainy England.

Friends may describe me as cat-obsessed and a massive foodie, especially for sushi! They may also tell you about how clumsy, oblivious and 'off in my own world' I can be.

I've always had a strong desire to travel and immerse myself in different cultures. I've been fortunate enough to travel from an early age, catching the travel bug whilst I was a li'l tot. It wasn't until 7 years ago however, when I took my first solo-trip that I truly fell for travel and the world that lay outside of my experiences - I fell pretty damn hard.

I'm not the most organised of travellers and my trips never go to plan. Like that trip where I nearly got eaten by a hippo 3 times (no exaggeration there) and followed on foot by a pride of lions. Or that time my car broke down in the middle of the desert with the next town over 100km away.

I believe in providing raw, authentic travel experiences, not just a glamorous highlight reel. Because let's face it, travel can be tough sometimes. On this blog you will find honest first-hand experiences.

That's a brief introduction! If you want to know more about me, then check out the 'about me' page.

Recent Blog Posts

Visiting Barbados Again After 10 Years

Barbados has changed. Confused and dismayed, these were the words that thrummed through my head as I stood in a dusty carpark. Behind me were the beautiful coloured cottages known as the ‘Chattle village’, a quaint array of houses in traditional Bajan architecture known as the ‘chattle’ house. This was a spot that always filled… Read More

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Birdwatching in the Koofung Forest Park, The Gambia

Our lodge in The Gambia (Footsteps Eco-Lodge) was perched upon the edge of a protected area of forest known as the Koofung Forest Park. As a result, it was a renowned spot for birdwatching. Now, I’m going to be totally honest here. I have never ever seen the appeal of birdwatching. There I said it!… Read More

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Expedition to Brikama Town in The Gambia

We woke up to another day of paradise in The Gambia. The sun filtered down through the canopy of vibrant trees, dappling the footpath ahead of us as we made our way to breakfast. Footsteps Eco-Lodge was proving to be a very friendly place to stay. Last night, dinner was served for us at a… Read More

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Our Journey to The Gambia’s Secluded Beach

“The closest ATM is in Brikama town.” The woman at the Western Union counter explained. It was the only store that closely resembled a bank in the village of Gunjur. Gunjur was our nearest village, situated a few kilometres from the ocean and out of view from the main road. A few quaint, colourful shops… Read More

Monday, 23 March 2020