Hi there, my name’s Steph and I’m a travel addict! Never one for staying at home and working for too long, I’ve always had to make sure I can travel cheap to fund my nomadic lifestyle. #BWSP was created to share with you the highs and lows of happy, healthy budget travel – the sort of real, wild, global adventuring that fires up minds and sets hearts racing. I hope you enjoy it!
Originally from Jersey in the Channel Islands, I left at the tender age of 19 and set sail for a wild adventure in Southern Africa. 6 months later, having largely lived in a tent, become a veteran of African bus rides and an amateur sailor on a catamaran voyaging across the Mozambique Channel, I was hooked.
I returned to the UK and attempted to go about a “normal life”, but my itchy feet just wouldn’t stop scratching. Periods of study were always punctuated by increasingly far-flung ventures and, as hard as I tried to convince myself I would one day get a “proper” job, after every few months of working and saving I’d be booking another ticket!
D-day came when I was living in London, a freshly completed masters degree on my CV and the perfect platform to launch my career. Instead, I got a phone call from a friend saying he was going to Guatemala…. and…well ….how could I resist?! That was back in 2010 and since then I haven’t really looked back, at least not to a career in London anyway!
My time in Central America showed me how to live life on the road and gave me the courage to admit this was what I really wanted. I guess you could say I’m a professional nomad now. Being a full-time traveller isn’t always easy however, especially financially, but it is possible. You just have to get a bit smart and a bit creative. Big World Small Pockets was set up to show others how much you can save and how cheaply things can be done; money doesn’t always have to be an obstacle to living the life you love.
So from Guatemala, I ended up living and traveling through Latin America for 2 years. After a short trip home to the UK, I’ve now found myself in Australia roaming across this enormous island with an Antipodean man at my side. It’s from Down Under that we now plan to backpack the world upside down together collecting tips, advice and stories to share with a smile, so stay tuned!
The current big adventure is the Great Budget 4WD Road Trip Around Australia! 6 months in and 15,000km later, we’re not even half way round this country, but are loving every minute of it! Every weekend we publish a review of our week’s activity on the blog, so you can easily learn all the latest there.