Thank you for coming to my website and checking out my posts about my adventures around the world. I hope that they give you some ideas about going on adventures of your own to see the world.
I started my blog during Christmas 2017 after a friend of mine said that I should give blogging a try. I had been a very active member on Trip Advisor up until that point and I was looking for ideas to expand on this so setting up a blog sounded like a good way of doing that. I started off with a free website on Google Blogger and got such a good response to my posts that I soon invested in my own website, registered the domain and Suzy The Explorer was born.
Ever since I was little I have loved going on adventures, even if it was just a day out somewhere, and over the last 37 years I have been on some truly amazing adventures in the UK and abroad.
I have always had very bad anxiety but it got really bad in my 20s. I would have panic attacks about going to places on my own, especially to places that I didn't know but I managed to break through that when I finally had enough of missing out on things that I really wanted to do because it was out of my comfort zone. Then for just over a year between 2013-2014, I ended up following a band around the country, sometimes on my own, sometimes with people and sometimes with people waiting for me at the end, but it was an amazing experience because I found a confidence in myself to do things on my own.
The biggest challenges were staying in hotels on my own, a lot of the time I wouldn't get to sleep until the early hours because I would hear a noise somewhere and it would start all sorts of thoughts in my head. Who was there? Was they trying to get in my room? Had I locked the door? I was terrified but I worked on it and now I am a lot better. Still scared of the dark but I sleep a lot better in new places haha.
While I was learning to drive in 2019, Sean and I went on our first big road trip around the South West of England. We had lots of fun and went to some amazing places but it was the trip where we found out that camping really wasn't for us haha. Out of the 2 and a half weeks that we were away, we camped for 6 of those nights, the rest was a hotel, student accommodation and my sister's house. It didn't help that a huge storm went over us on the 6th night, it was so cold that we were both fully clothed with lots of layers, we had a big duvet over us as well as the blankets, jackets and hoodies we had with us. It was so windy that it felt like the tent was a lung, the sides would come right in and then go back out. It was under all those layers that I was on my phone looking on GroupOn for a cheap hotel for the next night and we haven't used the tent since lol.
Things have become a lot easier for me to travel since I passed my driving test in July 2019 as I could go anywhere I wanted without having to look up train and bus times lol. It's also great for spontaneous trips just to have a little adventure.
I don't just travel to places on my own though, a lot of the time I travel with my husband, Sean. He isn't very big on travelling, perfect pair aren't we lol, but he will come with me if it's something he would like to try or if it's a holiday away. We've been together since May 2001 and I have managed to "drag" him to a lot of places so I think he is slowly getting used to it. If Sean doesn't come with me then I will go with my mum, my best friend Amy or my sister Fran.
I think that I get a lot of my adventurous side from my parents as they both love to travel too, especially my dad who loved nothing better than piling us all into the car on a weekend and taking us out somewhere when I was a kid.
My first big trip was going to Germany just before I was 2 years old for my parents honeymoon to see my Uncle Colin who was in the army at the time. I have no memory of it being so young but it was the first of many big trips we went on as a family. I have seen pictures of that trip and I look like I had a brilliant time as I had a huge smile in all the pictures.
As a kid we went on holidays to France, Germany, Cyprus and Greece but we also went on little caravan holidays in the UK and my dad had a boat so I guess I should thank him for my sea legs haha. I was very lucky to have so many holidays abroad as a kid, it gave me an insight into other cultures that I wouldn't have experienced back at home.
My first big trip outside of Europe was when I went to Tasmania in 2012 with Sean and my mum. I got to meet a large group of my family that I had never met before, attend my cousin's wedding and go on awesome road trips. That's the trip that really gave me the travel bug again because before that, it had been a while since I had been on a plane or gone on a trip that wasn't for a music festival. It was also the trip that helped me get over my fear of flying, I used to cry my eyes out on take off and landing but once we touched down in Tassie, the only crying I was doing was tears of joy finally meeting my family. I remember that my first impression of Tasmania, after how hot it was, was how they had such big open spaces that were so green. I wanted to explore every bit of it and plan on seeing more of it as well as seeing more of the mainland when I got back in 2024 for my 40th birthday.
My favourite places in the whole world (other than home) is London and a beautiful little Greek island called Kos. Sean and I have some big adventures coming up and we are both really excited.
I hope this gave you a little insight into me and why I love to travel. If you want to ask anything then please get in touch.
Suzy The Explorer