The Short Story
Ellie. 28. British. 49 Countries. 6 Continents. Traveller Since 2010. 2 Years Living in Oz. 2.5 Living in London. Blogging Since 2014. Quit My Job To Travel Again & Blog Full Time in Summer 2018. Travelling Right Now. Solo Female Traveller. Lover of Less Visited Places. Backpacker. Yoga. Ayurveda. On a Spiritual Journey. Lover of the Moon. Going Through Saturn Return. 90% Vegan. Striving for the Digital Nomad Life. Wannabe YouTuber. Big Dreams. Bigger Plans.
The Long Story
My Travel Story.
Hello, I’m Ellie Quinn, I’m 28, from England and travel is my life, it has been for a long time, but right now it is more than ever!
The travel bug bit me in 2010 at 20 years old when I went to work at a Summer Camp in South Carolina teaching children how to ride horses for 3 months. The Summer before I had broken up with my boyfriend of 2 years and decided I wasn’t going to spend another Summer at home because I knew there was a big world out there to explore and I was itching to see it. I didn’t go to University so I had no debt and my job gave me a sabbatical to leave and come back to, perfect!
After an incredible Summer living a true American life and seeing some of the US I went back to work, saved money and the following year I went to Australia to do my 2 year working holiday visa. I spent a month in Thailand on the way which was a total culture shock but I loved it!
In Australia I moved around every few months and I did a lot of bad jobs, including yes, my farm work- I worked on a banana farm for 3 months! Fun times! I met a lot of incredible people, fell in love with Melbourne and saved a good chunk of money.
I left Oz and with that money I travelled South East Asia for 5 months. I started travelling on my own and then I met and travelled with a group of people, one of which is now my best friend! Unfortunately my trip ended abruptly because I stood on a broken beer bottle at the Jungle Party on Koh Phangan.. ouch!
My foot took a few months to heal so I went home for 5 months to work and save money for my next trip.
2015 was a great year for travel for me as I travelled for 7 months of it. I spent 3 months Backpacking around South America Solo, a month in Europe, a month in the Middle East and then I went back to South East Asia for 3 months with my besties. I did all of these trips between living at home with my Mum, working (bad) temporary jobs, saving my wages and then leaving again!
After South East Asia and after bringing in 2016 on the beach in Thailand, I decided to move to London. I was meant to go to New Zealand after Asia but I didn’t end up wanting to go, and I didn’t want to move back in with my Mum. I’d always liked the idea of living in London so in February 2016 I moved there and lived there until July 2018!
I didn’t expect to live in London for that long to be honest as before that I hadn’t stayed in one place for more than a few months at a time. But I settled, I got a job, money was hard to start with but a year later I got a better job which I enjoyed and meant I could actually save.
I lived in a beautiful area of London called Hampstead which made me very happy. Pus I was going on a trip to Europe every month on average which was either booked by me or was via my blog because moving to London was when I decided to take my blog seriously and it paid off. I was getting to go on trips to Europe for free, or in some cases being paid, whilst also working full time in another job, so it wasn’t that bad and I’m really glad I moved to London and I stayed for as long as I did.
On a personal level I grew a lot in London, some times were good, some were not but it definitely grew me as a person.
In the Summer of 2018 at 28 years old I left my job and I left London to travel solo and blog full time which is what I am doing now, and my first stop is Asia.
On this trip I am focusing on being a conscious traveller, how to travel as a slightly older backpacker, how to travel in a healthy way, how to sustain travel and how to build a career when travelling.
My Blogging Story
I started this blog in 2014 when I first went to South East Asia as a journal to document what I was doing and give tips to fellow travellers on where I’d been because blogs actually weren’t that big then and the places I was visiting were no way saturated with information from blogs. I didn’t know anything about SEO unfortunately, it was a hobby I enjoyed.
When I moved to London in 2016 I started working harder on it, publishing more content, starting to make Youtube videos, and building more of a community.
In 2017 things really took off and by April I was working with brands, being offered trips around Europe for free and even being paid to go on some trips too, Wow!
This is when I started thinking that I could really do this full time and when I go on my next big trip instead of spending my saved money like I had been doing up until now, I could actually travel and make money whilst I go. I could be a digital nomad, something that had always interested me because it seemed so freeing, I just never thought I could do it, but then I realised I could! If other people are doing it, then I can too!
I worked hard on my blog for the next year. At the weekends if I wasn’t travelling I was writing posts, editing videos, pitching to brands, being social on social media and just doing all I could to make this a reality.
I was itching to leave London and I was itching to travel again, to be free. I worked towards the idea of leaving in 2018, my blog was growing and in my opinion doing well. But I felt like I was at maximum capacity of the work I could put into my blog around working full time, going on trips and actually enjoying my life too. A few months into 2018 it hit me that I had to leave soon, this year, in a few months time, and that’s what I did.
I handed my notice in in May, went down to 2 days a week in my job in June, and left totally at the end of July to become self-employed and blog full time. This was a leap of faith, honestly, because I wasn’t making enough money from my blog to sustain my life but I knew I would never make enough money to sustain my life unless I could put my all into it and until I could travel again in my own authentic way.
In 2018 I also started hosting some meet-ups, I held 3 in London which started off small, 8 people, and then grew to about 20-25. I love meeting people in real life that I speak to online and because I love organising things I thought instead of waiting for someone else to arrange a time for us to meet, I should, and I should give the opportunity for anyone to come along who loves travel and perhaps has a blog. I have loved seeing people connect in a relaxed and friendly environment talking about travel, blogging, work, and general life. I feel like I am part of a community and I intend to keep building that community and get more people to meet in real life.
My Spiritual Story
I feel like I’m also on a spiritual journey right now, it started in 2017 so it’s all very new. I’m enjoying learning about the moon and astrology. How the moon effect what’s going on in our lives.
I’m definitely going through my Saturn Return right now, working out what I should be doing and making changes in my life to make this happen. High five if you know what that is! If not, give it a google, it’s really interesting.
I believe in manifesting, I believe what we think, happens. I believe we can create what we want from our lives by thinking about it, taking action and then watching the universe do it’s thing. I also believe this happens in a negative way as much as a positive way so I try to be aware about what I’m saying and what I’m thinking.
I know the universe is looking after me, I trust it.
I’m trying to be more conscious of what I put in my body, I eat a Vegan diet but I’m not perfect and do slip now and again, especially when it comes to sweet foods and when I struggle to find Vegan options when I travel.
Step by step I’m reducing my waste consumption and trying to use more natural products, it’s hard but I’m making changes and I’m much more aware of this now.
Ayurveda, the Indian Science of Life, came into my life last year and it fascinates me. It teaches that we are each different body types, different elements of the Earth and therefore we all need to eat, exercise and live slightly differently. It teaches us where we are unbalanced and how to rebalance. It’s so interesting. I’m mainly Pitta which is Fire, and another high five if you know what that means and you know what you are! I plan to learn a lot more about Ayurveda in India.
I love yoga and meditation. I meditate for 5-10 minutes at night most nights, and if I don’t, I find myself craving it. I’m not super flexible and I don’t do enough yoga even though I love it too. I find it hard to motivate myself to do it alone but I try to incorporate classes and stretches into my day even when I’m travelling. It’s hard but I’m working on it.
If you are still reading this then thank you! I wanted to give you all 3 of my stories.
I wanted to speak about my travels because travel is such a huge part of my life and has made up pretty much all of my adult life. It’s changed my life and if you travel a lot I know you’ll be able to relate. If you don’t but you want to, I hope I have encouraged you to do a trip, because to travel doesn’t always mean going to the other side of the world. It can mean taking the train to a new nearby town, jumping in the car and heading for the sea or a national park that you haven’t been to. I also wanted to tell you about my travels because I’m proud that I am a travel blogger who started travelling first, that I found my passion and I wanted to share my knowledge and experience with others. That my recommendations and idea’s are based on a true travellers thought and decisions.
I wanted to tell you about my blogging journey because I know that so many people have a blog now, or want to become a blogger. My blog is by no means that big but I’ve seen it grow quite a lot since 2017 and I intend to grow it a lot more. I don’t have an SEO background or a marketing background, I learned everything I know myself, and I still have a lot to learn. But if I can learn it and do it, you can too! I have been honest about quitting my job because I don’t want you to think that I was making loads of money and that’s why I felt ok quitting, because that’s not true. I have savings to last me travelling for awhile but my plan is to make enough money to sustain those travels and I’ll keep being honest on here so you know how that’s possible, so hopefully you can do it too.
I wanted to tell you about my spiritual journey because it’s been life changing. I’ve always been a positive person and a big dreamer but now I feel like I have so much power to make my life what I want it to be. I feel like I’m more aligned, like I’m living my purpose and finding my purpose, like I’m following my heart and soul, my soul feels happy, and that is truly special. If you don’t feel like you are in that space right now I want to help you get there and give you guidance using my blog and social media channels.
I know this is long but I wanted this ‘About me’ page to give you my full story, because I’m just a normal girl from the middle of England who has made travel her priority since 2010 and because of this had the most amazing adventures, has met the most wonderful people. And now I’m living the life I had been working towards and dreaming off for quite some time.
How you can Support me:
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