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.

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.

Does Travel Change You? (part 2)

Change, like laughter lines can creep up slowly when we aren’t looking. One day you look in the mirror and things are different. My previous article which asked 'Does Travel Change you?' (you can read it here if you missed it) showed WHAT some of the external...

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What stops you from travelling?

The only limits to travelling are the limits which we impose on ourselves. People have jobs, mortgages and  loans.  Children and dependents and a life.  Most people are more than happy with their lives but some feel a constant itch and a desire to see new places, and...

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It’s Launch Day!

If you are reading this message then hopefully you have been diverted to my revamped website. It has a new title – Scarlet Jones Travels – which incorporates the journey and adventures of Scarlet Jones with a feast of new travel features and advice. The beating heart...

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Reasons to Travel

There are many different types of traveller and out here on the backpacker circuit in Latin America I have met a fair selection.  They have various reasons for travelling and they are following different routes and experiencing life in a variety of ways.  Many have...

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Pebbles. Diversity is a good thing.

I remember my grandmother offering me sweets from a jar every time she returned from her holidays in Bournemouth.  The pebble sweets always fascinated me, partly because of the real and present danger that I could crack a tooth.  I always worried that somehow a real...

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…moving on

As you read this I will hopefully be somewhere in the Andes on a little adventure with some of my friends from the NGO. I can't believe how quickly the last three months have gone working with the NGO.  Peru has got under my skin and whilst it would be so nice to stay...

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Reflecting on 2013

What an amazing year 2013 has been.  I still wake up every morning with a big wide grin. I have had some low points and some scary moments but overall I am having the most marvelous adventure. I made this happen.  I quit my job, I sold the majority of my possessions...

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Meeting People

Meeting people There is an old folk story of which I am often reminded when I am travelling.  I’m sorry that I don’t know to whom it should be credited, but it goes something like this. Once upon a time, in a land far away there lived a wise old king.  The king had...

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What comfort zone?

The cab which I shared with Mia and her lovely nine year old son Nicholas crawled along under the majestic cliffs upon which Miraflores is balanced, delayed in the horrendous early morning traffic.  On our slow journey from the airport I looked up at the towering...

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