About

about-me

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.

Big World Small Pockets was created to share with you the highs and lows of 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.

Being a committed 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 they too can save for travel and how easy it is to travel cheaply; 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 then found myself  in Australia roaming across this enormous island, largely in a battered old Landrover Defender!

From the Land Down Under, I then returned to Africa where my budget travel life begun… and now I’m hooked again on backpacking this amazing continent, collecting tips, advice and stories to share with a smile.

Join me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to keep updated with all the adventure  …. xo

Ethiopia, Danakil Depression, Dallol Me Hiking

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