Welcome to The Little Backpacker
I’m Jodie the founder/writer/photographer behind this little blog. I also take pretty pictures at people’s weddings and stuff, check out my photography site photographywishes.com
I’m a twenty-something, rather short British girl who constantly has itchy feet. I set off travelling in 2010 to mend my broken heart, four years later and I’ve fallen in love with the world. I’m a serial gap year taker after turning down my place at university and since then have either been working my butt off or travelling around with my backpack. This whole love for travelling started off with a volunteering trip to South Africa and most recently I have been living, working and falling in love with Scotland. Today I’m between places while I prepare to throw everything up in the air and start university in London this September.
This is where I document my adventures, share my photographs, review everything and give you all the need to know tips.
A Brief Round up of my Four Year, Gap Year
My travels have seen me Volunteer in South Africa for 6 weeks, work at an American summer camp for 2 months, roadtrip around America’s West Coast before accidentally travelling the East solo. I returned home from America only to up root myself twice in a year living in the Scottish Capital of Edinburgh and then the big smoke of London during the 2012 Olympics.
The boyfriend and I then took off on a year long trip; we landed in Australia where we travelled up the East Coast, fruit picked in Waikerie for 88 days before finally getting to drive the Great Ocean Road. We set up in Melbourne for 4 and a half months only to pack up again and head off to New Zealand and travel around on the Kiwi Experience bus for 3 weeks. The last part of the year ended with 6 weeks in South East Asia, which I had dreamed about doing for so long. We hit up Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam before experiencing the luxury of the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore! You can check out My Week In Photos for the entire year as well as my monthly statistics.
I then had to face coming home after a year away and adjusting back to ‘normal’ life again, where there are responsibilities and careers and being a grown up. I didn’t just come home though the boyfriend and I have yet again moved to a new city to call home for 10 months: Glasgow. I rounded up my year by looking back over all my 2013 adventures and then telling you what I have planned for 2014. I accepted a place at Roehampton University and ever since have been struggling with the fact I’ll be tied to the UK for another three years. 2014 got off with a bang: firstly I WON a trip to Australia with Gapyear.com this saw me head back to Oz for a flying visit of the Gold Coast with their #imabackpacker competition. I got up to some awesome things including Sky Diving, again (it’s awesome)! Since then I have spent a week roadtrippin’ around Scotland which included a weekend of snowboarding, incredible beaches and landscapes I didn’t realise we had in the UK. I also visited the island of Kos in Greece for a week, trying my first Airbnb experience and hoping to Turkey on a day trip. I have found time to take plenty of road trips around Scotland as well as yet again working my butt off. Glasgow came alive as the Commonwealth Games came to town and I was lucky enough to see the Opening Ceremony as well as many other events. As my time in Scotland draws to a close I’ve been on a mission to see as much of Glasgow as possible, experience the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh and go on one last Scottish holiday.
Interviews and Features
I did an interview for Bradley at Journeys for Good for ‘The Ripple Effect’ investigation they are doing. Meet Jodie Young, World Traveler, Photographer, and Volunteer, Part One and Part Two.
My photo post about Monument Valley was featured on WordPress’ Freshly Pressed site, and my packing list is recommend by the Travel Fashion Girl.
I have contributed to Top 5 Travel and Chris over at Backpacker Banter listed me on his list of ’10 Bloggers to follow in 2013′.
I also did an interview with Emily from Grown Up Gap Year called If we can do it, you can to.
Neil from Backpacks and Bunkbeds listed me in his list of ’10 Epic Travel Blogs I Shall Be Reading In 2014′.