ABOUT ME


Hello!

Hi, guys! I'm Ella - a 20-something year old born and bred in England. From a young age, I've always felt a passion to travel the world and explore different cultures. I'm especially fascinated by wildlife and often find myself daydreaming about all the exciting places there are to visit.

I'm passionate about writing, photography, editing photos, making videos and of course travelling. Therefore blogging is the perfect way for me to follow my dreams. I created this blog in late 2016, just before I was due to travel to the Seychelles. I just wanted to share my experience, and more importantly, inspire others!

Although I blog about travel, I'm not exactly your typical 'travel blogger'. My story is certainly not the most conventional; I didn't quit my job to travel the world. Instead, mine is the story about how sometimes life can have alternative plans for you than what you originally had in mind and how saying 'yes' to opportunities can take you to the most surprising, yet rewarding of places. C'mon, grab a cuppa and I'll tell you all about it.

My Story

I was born with a yearning to travel. I always wanted to see the world and immerse myself in rich cultures, so different to my own. In typical English fashion I moan that England is boring, cold and rainy! Instead I crave the scorching sun and tropical downpours. But probably what most excites me is the wildlife. I'd confidently say that I have a passion for animals. Out of all the places on earth, Africa tugs at my heart the most; the diversity of wildlife in Africa is something truly wonderful. I especially love large predators and boy does Africa have plenty of those!

Before I left home (I left home at 18), I did a lot of travelling with the family. If you want to know more about 17-year-old me, read my introduction to my blog here. My first solo adventure was actually with school. When the opportunity to visit Africa came up as a school trip, I just couldn't refuse. I didn't know anyone too well who was actually taking part in the trip but it was definitely worth forcing myself out of my comfort zone in order to visit Zambia. I am so glad I went. I may have nearly been eaten by a hippo at least 3 times (eek!) but the thrill was totally worth it. Africa had made an impression on me and to this day I think I left part of my heart in that glorious continent.

I finished school the following year and took an even bigger step than last year's school trip to Zambia. I booked a trip completely solo. I arranged to volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary in Namibia. I knew none of my friends would be interested in going so I just booked it on my own. It was terrifying travelling half way across the globe alone but once I arrived, there were so many young people in the same position as me and I made friends instantly. I can confidently say to this day that this trip was the best experience of my life and I thoroughly recommend experiencing at least 1 trip completely on your own, as scary as that sounds. If you want to read more about the best summer of my life, have a look at this post here.

I was due to go to university that September. I always planned to take a 'gap' year after university. For years I knew exactly what I was going to do. I was going to go on a road-trip around America in a pick-up truck. Life however, never goes to plan! After 1 term at university, I quit. You see, the summer before I started university, I met my partner who was in business. During my time at university, I wanted to spend my time with him and found myself getting more and more involved in the business. I made the decision to leave university to work full-time on the business with him. You can read more about this life-altering decision here. At this point, I still planned on going to America in 3 years time (the time I would have finished university). If things had gone to plan, I would have already been to America! Business is not easy and sure is demanding.

My life may have not gone to plan but I don't regret a single decision that I made. In the past 4 years of working on the business, I have achieved a lot of great things and experienced a lot of life-lessons that have ultimately made me a better person. If it wasn't for my business, I would have likely never come across travel blogging and would never have been given the opportunities that I have. The greatest achievement though has to be my little cat, Cookie - my pride and joy!

I know that my passion lies in travelling so I make sure I travel at least once a year to somewhere very exotic. Sometimes I think I spend more time daydreaming about travelling than I do working! But I won't quit my business to travel. I have a house (with that a mortgage) and 2 cats so it isn't so easy to drop everything to travel full-time. My ideal is to go travelling more often, maybe once a month or maybe for a month every quarter. We shall see if that goes to plan!

So, follow me on my journey as I try to pursue my true passion to travel the world! 🌍

Want to Get to Know me More?

Hello! If you're reading this, I'm chuffed that you actually want to know more about me. Here you go, here are some links to some blog posts which you may find interesting.

An introduction to my blog - meet 17-year-old me!
How the best summer of my life changed me
The decision that changed my life

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