Tuesday 23 February 2016


Gili Islands

I have wanted to go travelling since I was 18. I’m now 23, and have been putting it off for years because no one would come with me. So I’ve decided to go on my own.

I live in a town where people rarely move away, everyone stays in the same 9-5 jobs for their whole life, goes to the same boring places with the same faces every weekend. I am not about that life. I’ve always felt like I don’t belong in this town – I’ve always been that girl that dresses a bit different and puts her face on YouTube. “You gonna put me on your blog Lucy?! HAHA” friends/acquaintances would joke. Oh please.

Cinque Terre, Italy

I know there is so much about myself that I am yet to learn. I feel sorry for people my age who have no aspirations in life, no desire to leave the town they grew up in. I want to explore, I want to see the world and I want to meet interesting, open minded people. It makes me sad me when people think they can’t just get up and leave their jobs. I know in certain people's situations that is a no-go, but at the end of the day, it’s just a job. Why do you think you are tied down forever? If you can't travel now while you're young and free, when can you?

I came across a quote recently which reflects my thoughts perfectly:
“You were not born to just work, pay bills and die.”

The other day I was looking at vintage globe my mum picked up from the car boot sale, that sits on our windowsill. I realised just how tiny the UK really is. In comparison to the rest of the world, we just seem so unbelievably small and irrelevant. Why would I want to stay here forever? It got me thinking, what is my purpose in life? I was not put here to work a 9-5 job for my whole life, to just pay my way, buy a house, have kids and and be skint all the time. After being a shopaholic-spendaholic for so many years, i've finally realised that experiences beat having material things. 

When I was younger I thought there was nowhere better to go on holiday than Ibiza. I’ve been there, done that, 4 TIMES. Why do I need to go to Ibiza 4 times? Yes it’s fun, but there’s so much more fun to be had in this world. So many more amazing places to party, sunsets to see and more interesting people to meet.

What I like about the thought of travelling solo is you can literally be whoever you want to be. If you’re a shy person like me, it’s a chance to be the person you are in your head, without a care in the world, because you'll probably never see these people again. I’ve read many blogs where someone’s gone a completely shy, anxious person and come out way more confident, independent and open-minded than they’ve ever been. I want to be the person I am inside and I know starting my travelling journey on my own, going to a country where nobody knows who I am, is a great way to do so. It forces you out of your shell, forces you to talk to people, because you have no one else. It makes you approachable – if I’m on my own in a bar, I’m sure it wont be long until a group of people ask me to join them (or so I have heard - I hope!). I’ll be able to make my own decisions, go exactly where I want to go, travel exactly how I want to travel, and tick off everything that’s on my bucket list.

You can not let shyness stop you from living your life. Sometimes you just have to take risks, even if you're scared. At the end of the day, if I don’t like it, I can always come home. But I might love it. I might make best friends for life, who live all over the world, who I can go and visit! Meeting new people is one of the biggest positives of travelling. Everyone I know who’s done it, has said it was absolutely the best decision they ever made, and changed their life, and did miracles for their confidence.

I am tired of waiting. I’ve had people over the years get me excited to book a trip together, like “yeah I’ll definitely come with you”, and when it comes down to me saying “okay, let’s book it now” they always back away. I swear it’s been impossible for me to book a girly group holiday, everyone ends up dropping out. “I could NEVER afford to go travelling” i've heard people say. Well, what are you working every day for? If I worked every day and couldn’t afford to do the things I want to do, then I think I’d realise i’m living the wrong life. If you are like me - young with no responsibilities mortgage/kids etc) then there's no better time to go than now.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

But Lucy, aren’t you in a relationship? Yes, I do have a boyfriend - a very lovely one who encourages me to travel, and wants me to follow my dreams and do whatever I need to do. He really does bring out the best in me. Unfortunately he can't join me on my first trip due to rugby committments (cry), but we're gonna work around it and fit in lots of short trips in the future. Yes we’ll miss each other unbelievable amounts, but he knows it will be SO good for me. One of the reasons I put this off for 6 years is because I was in relationships with people who didn't want me to go, who told me it would be the end of us if I left. I thought a relationship couldn’t work if I wasn’t around for a while - then I realised it totally can. If I lived my life to keep other people happy, I would never do anything that I want to do. 

Similarly to how I turned fashion blogging into a job, I hope I can turn my adventures into a full blown travel blog! This might just be the start of something new for me...

I am alive, right now, so why wait for people who might never end up leaving?

Where would I like to be right now?

To be continued…


Mae | british explorer said...

I think you'll have an amazing time travelling on your own! It's so nice because you get to choose what to do, where to go and how long to spend there. You'll find that you'll meet people soo quickly because that's what travelling is all about! When I went to south america to visit family I went by myself and spent a few days just travelling round and people invited me to all sorts of places and even got an invite to go to Australia in the summer too! It will open up so many doors!

Also, I'd LOVE if you could expand the travel part of your blog, I'm going to ibiza in july and a post for what's good there would be amazing!! :)


Unknown said...

Please can you do a post on how you're going to budget, how you'll be getting from one place to the next and where you'll be staying (couch surfing or hostels etc). I would love to do something like this after I finish uni but at the minute I have no income and not a penny to my name hahah excited to see your adventures :) xx

Gina said...

I hope you blog about every place you go to

Lucie said...

I loved every bit of this post, Lucy- I can relate to so many things you mentioned. I wish you all the best in your hopes and dreams. I visited China last year for a month, a lot of people were like "but why China?" ... I just thought "well, why not!!!" - best decision I have made to date and I would have deeply regretted if I hadn't gone. Good luck and keep us up to date! Hugs xxx

Unknown said...

Great article, thank you for sharing !!

Sasha said...

I love this post! It's everything I tell anyone I meet. I always get the question "when are you going to get a real job" and I don't really get why people are so concerned with me working a full time "real" job. I literally have my whole life to do that and now is the time to travel! I waited so long for others to join me but after 5 years of waiting around I just went and it was one of the best things I ever did! So excited to see photos and blog posts from your travels :)


Unknown said...

Have been traveling myself and honestly can say it was the best thing I did after just turning 18 and prematurely leaving school. I don't know about the "finding myself" bit not sure that's so real... But I did come back a more mature and my eyes were much more wide open. I'm now saving to go again. And I can honestly say working my crap 9-5 job isn't half so bad knowing that I am going to go to some more amazing places!
Enjoy yourself you'll love it.

Anonymous said...

This is such an amazing and inspiring blog post! I find that when I'm older I want to see new places and explore. I find that my confidence might get in the way however as you have explained in this post it will help me out more and not cause any harm :) Thank you for writing this, exactly what everyone needs to see and read.


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Travelfifalo said...

This article is exactly like I would have written it myself. I started traveling independently at the age of 23 and I'm still doing it. I have met a lot of new people, experienced different cultures, seen places like Machu Picchu, Alhambra, the Great Wall of China, and Charles bridge, and I am very grateful for that.

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