I’m jumping right into the deep end with blogging – I’ve never even tried it before. Recently I’ve had a lot of experiences where it seems to be ‘calling out to me’, so I figured, why not do it? I went straight for a self-hosted site, I’ll be paying to keep my spot there every month. I’m hoping this means I’ll get started a lot quicker and at some point, if I dream hard enough, maybe I’ll even get a little money from it.
The blog is going to be mostly orientated around travel to begin with. After a looong time, when I have regular readers, I’ll maybe expand and write about some different but just as interesting things. This blog post in particular is a bit more personal than the rest will be, since I’m just getting started. With that in mind, here’s a bit about me:
I’m Karys, I’m 18 and I’m a full-time Linguistics student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. When I was younger, an annual family holiday was a standard thing. We went to places like Greece, the Canary Islands or we would take our caravan to a small town up by Dundee. These all ignited my passion for travel. Maybe it was because I loved family time so much, and it had to be heightened in a small 5 meter squared box that we called home for the week. Subconsciously I probably started linking travelling with happiness and family. Orrr maybe it was just because being on holiday is SO much better than being at home. Anyway, these aren’t the important trips!
When I was 12 I started funding my own trips to compete in Tae Kwon Do competitions over the UK. My first one was the World Cup in Brighton, a big city down the very south of England. I started baking cakes and selling them around my neighbour’s doors, this is how I ended up funding all my trips until I got a job at 16! Between 12 and 14 I paid for myself to go all over the UK and Ireland, and at 15 I paid for my first big trip.
My school put on a week-long trip to New York and Washington DC and I grabbed the opportunity with both hands and ran. Thankfully, my mum believed that I could raise the £1500 required in the 9 months that was given….and she was right. Where there’s a will there’s a way! 15 year old me set off on this trip of a lifetime and now, 2 and a half years later, I’m going back!
In between then and now I’ve funded a 4 week long £4000 trip To Ecuador, South America. I’ve also visited Amsterdam, Cape Verde (an Island off the west coast of Africa), Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Italy and the east coast of Australia. Me and my boyfriend Matthew also backpacked around Wales for a week, went up north to camp in Inverness and drove all the way to the Isle of Skye (at 4 in the morning), went down south for a week in London and camped in the Lake district for a couple of nights.
Next week me and Matthew are heading off to NYC and the following week we head back to Denmark, exactly a year from the last time we visited!
So long story short; I’ve seen some of the world, and in the future I plan on seeing a lot more. This blog is going to be a way to document my experience, and I’ll include hints and tips if I ever discover any! Head over to my first official blog post where I talk about my recent experience in Australia.
If you have any ideas or questions or comments, please do let me know in the comment section. When I figure it all out, I’ll be reading through and taking them on board!