My name is Alys, which is pronounced the same as ‘Alice’ 🙂 I used to hate it (I’ve never owned stationary with my name on – sad times) but now I love the fact I rarely see anyone with the same name!
I’m a travel enthusiast and have loved travelling for as long as I can remember.
My passion for seeing new places was discovered thanks to some amazing family holidays; from Arizona to Croatia to South Africa. Aged 18, I embarked on my first backpacking experience – a solo trip to China and South East Asia. I returned to the UK for University, where I worked two or three jobs through the semesters to save enough money to disappear during the long Summer breaks.
After Uni, my first job was working for STA Travel as a Travel Expert – it was nothing to do with my degree but it meant I could talk to people all day every day about weird and wonderful travel destinations – amazing! But, it also made me very jealous of all the incredible trips I was helping to plan. I learnt a lot about airlines, flights, tour companies and travel in general which has proved invaluable as I now plan my own adventures 🙂
I’ve since ventured to 32 countries, 6 US States and have visited 4 out of 5 continents – just Antarctica to go!
NATURE FREAK & ANIMAL LOVER
I studied Ecology at University and love getting outdoors and amongst nature. Walking barefoot along a beach (or pretty much anywhere), hiking through mountains, exploring woodland or exploring underwater; I love being outside!
I’m a HUGE animal lover and always have been. It’s almost impossible to choose a favourite but otters, pigs and red pandas all rank pretty highly.
I’m slightly obsessed with food! I love trying new restaurants and new dishes, so food is always a big part of my travels 🙂
I love visiting new countries to taste test the best vegan and vegetarian options, finding veggie-friendly alternatives to traditional foods. I keep the blog updated with the best street food and restaurants from around the world!
OUR PLANS FOR 2016
In August 2016, Gary and I left the UK on an indefinite adventure that involved travelling across Europe, Asia and Australasia. We are currently travelling around New Zealand in a campervan and plan to live and work in NZ for the next year or two. After that, we’ll be heading to Australia, South America and Canada, with the hope of staying on the road for as long as possible. Read about our plans here.
Follow our adventures on the road to see how we get on!
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