Personal Stories

I’ve been on one hell of a personal journey over the last few years.

Life was an emotional rollercoaster and to me it made perfect sense to add to the craziness, quit my job and escape to Peru for a few months.

In the beginning everything was confusing; despite being sheltered within the umbrella of an NGO where I was volunteering. I didn’t speak the language nor understand the customs. I thought that I would never get to grips with the local bus system or be brave enough to set out on my own across South America.

But after 3 months, I took a deep breath and I crossed the border into Ecuador. And with the help and support of the many wonderful people that I met along the way, I relaxed and I embraced my new lifestyle.

I began travelling in June 2013. I usually choose to stay in mixed dormitories in backpackers’ hostels or I work in exchange for food and accommodation. I have given English lessons and I have worked on farms and in hostels. I have documented my journey in my blog and in this section you can read about some of the personal stories that have touched me along the way, including my musings on why I and others choose to travel. What I have learnt is that everybody has an interesting story and you should never assume anything about the people that you meet. I try so hard not to judge others because I don’t know what they are dealing with.

There is something about the travelling community that encourages strangers to connect, share and open up with each other. I guess we all recognise that we are adrift in a strange place and far from family and friends. People meet you and get to know you for who you are, without the influences of gossip or knowing about your past

I have met some incredibly generous people – generous with their time, possessions and love and these people are who inspire me to continue with my journey.

So please, do check out this section and learn more about what, in my humble opinion, makes the world tick.

Inspirational People – Colin’s Story

How would you cope if I were to tell you that you will never walk again? What if you wake up from a sleep to discover that you have been in a coma for a month? Read on and tell me, do you think that YOU could deal with this? This post contains affiliate links and/or...

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Getting naked at Playa del Torn, Catalunya

I knew next to nothing about naturism in Catalunya until I began setting myself personal challenges.  I had never taken off my clothes off in public but I felt that I needed to give it a go.  I am a mentor to people with low self-confidence and low self-esteem helping...

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I am a Survivor of Domestic Abuse

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Are you too old to stay in a hostel?

Am I too old to stay in a hostel? This is a recurring question that is asked over and over again in Facebook Groups and travel forums by would-be travellers.  Too often they imagine that hostels are full of drunken eighteen year olds who will party until the early...

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Top 10 Travel Tips from Scarlet Jones Travels

...or what you will learn when you travel with me! Join me on one of my 1 to 1 fully accompanied tours and you will experience so much more than a holiday.  We will get under the skin of a region or a country but you will learn much, much more.  During your trip we...

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