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.
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.
It’s no word of a lie – I was TERRIFIED – but 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.
Problems are shared, dissected and solved and it was this tribe who persuaded me that my strengths lie in mentoring and supporting others (and so the Smash the Pumpkin Project was born).
I have met some incredibly generous people – generous with their time, possessions and love and these are the people who inspire me to continue with my journey and to mentor and support others who need help.
In this section you will find some of my more personal stories plus the stories of others who are inspirational in their own way.
Feel free to contact me if you have any comments or if any of the issues resonate with you.
Exploring Morocco and subconscious emotional triggers
I was looking forward to exploring Morocco; land of the Berbers and the Tuaregs with its Arabic, French and African roots. The Atlas Mountains and wild coastlines, tagines and couscous, mint tea and crazy, chaotic walled medinas were all calling me. My plan was to...read more
Staying healthy while travelling.
Solo travel can be difficult whether it’s working out how to use a squat toilet complete with a full backpack or wandering into the dodgy side of town because your map was upside down. Your mental health and travel Coping with stress, loneliness, anxiety or mental...read more
No judgement and mindful travel
Learning about mindfulness has encouraged me to approach problems in a different way. It’s taught me how to look at my negative thoughts from a different perspective but it’s also reinforced what I already knew; that travel is good for me and shows how having no...read more
Self empowerment: First steps to understanding
In this introductory guide to self empowerment I’m going to show you the basics and demonstrate how with some simple changes to your attitude you can lead a more positive and satisfactory life. Self empowerment means to know what is best for oneself and to act...read more
Online Harassment & Cyber Stalking: charged with stalking but it continues
Online Harassment & Cyber Stalking: charged with stalking but it continues All bloggers love receiving comments. It’s their life blood. There's that thrill that most creative people crave and the buzz when their work is acknowledged or their audience grows. ...read more
Inspirational people – Lee is helping kids in Sumatra
Not everybody’s dream list contains big travel plans, lots of money or a flash car. I met a British guy in Melaka who is helping kids in Sumatra, Indonesia and who would be happy with an electric sewing machine!! It was Christmas Day morning and I was walking...read more
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...read more
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...read more
I am a Survivor of Domestic Abuse
This article has been updated since its first publication in October 2016 Scarlet Jones Travels is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by...read more
The Catalan referendum: an opinion piece by Scarlet Jones
These are my personal views on events during the recent Catalan referendum - written whilst waiting to check in for my flight at Barcelona airport. Travel isn't all sandy beaches and cocktails. It can be gritty realism and immersion in the lives of real people. I...read more