About Me

Hello! My name is Ellis.

I’m a twenty-something legal assistant, living in the UK (Kent to be precise). Other than commuting, my main past times are writing, travelling and eating. Whilst studying a postgraduate course in London, I figured, since I couldn’t actually go away any time soon, I could just relive my past adventures instead.

Where it all started: family holidays and school trips

I’ve loved travel ever sine my parents first took me away from France, aged 7. Being only a stone’s throw away, France was our main holiday destination. I’ve never been much of a morning person but the prospect of getting the car and heading down to the Channel Tunnel was exciting enough to get me out of bed. Our car snack/treat of choice were Rowntrees Fruit Pastilles Body Parts. I’m not even sure if they still make them but they’ll probably always remind me of family holidays. When we weren’t hitting up France, we were venturing to Italy (the first place I visited other than France at the age of 12), Germany and Greek Islands.

Other than family holidays, school trips were my main source of travel in my youth (which I like to think wasn’t that long ago). The first time I went abroad without the fam was at (about) 10. My primary school had a pen-friend programme to help us learn French (I don’t know a word). I later went back to France to practice speaking the language (still don’t know any) and for Geography coursework. This basically involved counting bits of gum and cigarette butts on the ground. I also got to a few days of school to shop in Germany’s Christmas markets, several days in Italy, where I must have photographed nearly every piece of rock in Rome and Naples, on a Classical Civilisation trip and I also went to Belgium to visit the WWI battlefields, as part of my History GCSE course, which was a much more sobering experience.

My first excursion outside of Europe was to Honduras on a Biology trip, aged 15. Whilst there I volunteered for two weeks with a conservation charity, spending a week snorkelling the reef and sleeping on a beach, whilst learning about reef ecology, and another week camping in the rainforest, accompanying the teams conducting surveys in the forest.

The Big One: My Gap Year.

I never realised how much of a UK-thing gap years were until someone asked me what on earth I was talking about when I was speaking about mine. In the UK, it’s relatively common for people to take a year out before or after university to get some travelling under their belts. I started planning mine from about the age of 12. I was going to spend two months in six countries. Of course, as it got closer to the time, I realised that the majority of the year would be spent living at home and working to earn the cash to go. In the end, I spent three and a half months travelling across America, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Hong Kong, with one of my best friends from school. It was an amazing experience and it was this that made me a bit travel-nuts.

University Holidays. 

I haven’t done too badly since my gap year, making it to Spain, Morocco, France again and the Netherlands. The highlight was a 3-week tour from northern Vietnam, through Laos and down to Thailand. 

The Language Course.

After my graduation from Nottingham, I spent August in Berlin studying German. I cannot emphasise this enough- Berlin is my most favourite place. Ever.  I was lucky. I had a friend from uni doing the same thing in July, she was always debating staying out for longer but I didn’t want to get my hopes up. In the end, we ended up living together. I’ve been back several months and I still haven’t got over this trip.

Learning to Lawyer.

After becoming a graduate, I’ve started en route to becoming a lawyer. Whilst big trips may be out of the question, this doesn’t mean that I’m not able to hop on a plane from time to time. I’ve managed to take a couple of weekend breaks to Italy (Venice) and Germany (Berlin) and a holiday to Egypt since starting my lessons in law. I’ve also had the chance to spend two weeks interning at a firm in Dusseldorf, Germany. Life is still sweet.

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175 thoughts on “About Me

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, it’s great to hear that you like my blog! Sadly I have never been to the Philippines but hopefully one day I will get the opportunity. Thank you for the links and happy travels to you too! 😀

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  1. I pressed the Recommended Blogs and yours was on top for me. So you have experienced quite a few places around the globe while studying & working. Same is the case with me though I am just a novice. Nice blog, by the way.
    Cheers

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  2. Hi,

    I really like your blog! I am new to the blogging community and have a love for travel and law as well. So we have a ltitle in common. I would love to hear more about how you incorporated work/school with traveling, how you saved/planned, and even law school. I plan to apply to law school in the near future but can’t decide if it is better to travel first or after. I hope to hear from you soon!

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    1. Hello, thank you so much!

      Since I live at home, I have been lucky enough to be able to save money for travelling. I’ve worked part-time/temporary jobs since I was at school and then took a year out to go travelling before I started university. I didn’t go away for too long so I had money leftover when I got back which I used to go away during my university holidays. I also kept working to top it up. Since I started law school, I haven’t been able to travel as much but I’ve discovered that city breaks are a great way to be able to go abroad when you’re on a budget and don’t have as much time!

      I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer for when to go travelling. I went before I started university and I am happy with that choice but I have friends who did it after and I was very jealous seeing all their photos! I’m still hoping to get the chance to go away for a bit after law school but I think it will be a bit harder now. I think it depends when you think you may start work after law school.

      I hope that was of some help and that you have an awesome time travelling!

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  3. Hey Ellis, beautiful blog! I love the fact that you are continuing to travel on the weekends, I know that’s not always easy to fit into a busy working schedule. I really enjoyed your post about the 6 ways to see the world, you have had some really awesome experiences!

    I wish you the best of luck with your career in law and your future travels!

    – Brandon

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    1. Hi Brandon, thank you very much! It’s lovely to hear that you have been enjoying my blog! I have been very lucky in my travels and have been pleasantly surprised at how much you can really fit into a weekend! Happy Blogging 😀

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  4. I am starting my own travel blog and your blog was one of the recommended travel blogs by WordPress. Went on to read your About Me section and my reaction when I finished reading was ‘WOW’. You gave me the motivation to seriously work on my blog! Thank you so much. Feeling lucky to have found you. 🙂 Keep writing. Gonna read your blog from now on.

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  5. Hi there fellow traveler!
    While exploring websites and blogs for inspiration, I found yours, and I have noticed how fantastic and inspiring it is! 🙂
    By the way, my name is Marli and I’m from Portugal – which I noticed that you haven’t visited yet! If you ever come to Portugal, please send us a message. I think you would like our experiences! 😉

    Adeus! – Good bye in Portuguese 🙂
    Marli, Backyard Tours – backyardtourslagos.wordpress.com / backyardtours.pt

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    1. Hello Marli! Thanks so much for your message! I’m glad you like my blog 😀 I have indeed never been to Portugal! Several of my friends have been to/are going to Lisbon and say it’s amazing so I am definitely planning on visiting in the not too distant future!
      Adeus!!

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  6. Hello! I found your blog on the wordpress recommended list and am so glad I did! I love reading (and seeing) the food of an area, and your photos in your posts left me drooling! I can’t wait to read your posts! Well, I’m off to make some dinner now. 🙂 Have a great day!

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  7. I just recently started blog and came across yours while browsing. And I love it! Reading all about your adventures is really making me want to travel more myself 🙂

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  8. Hey Ellis,

    I am following your blog for a while and just spotted this awesome picture ❤ of you and the baby leopard. I am back in Thailand, Chiang Mai and I cuddled a tiger baby a few years ago, but never had the chance to cuddle a baby leopard. Where did you do it?

    Greetings from Chiang Mai. 🙂

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    1. Hello!! I did it on a trip to the bridge on the River Kwai, I think they were from a zoo nearby. That was a few years ago though and I’m not sure if it was a one off thing or not (it may have been a publicity thing). I hope you are having a fantastic trip!

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  9. Hello Ellis I’d like to say that you blog is a fantastic read and glad your receiving so much success! It is an absolute fabulous read on where you travel to and hope you have continued success. I’m just recently starting my blog and luckily fell upon yours for guidance as to formatting and inspiration!
    ~All the best.

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  10. Hi Ellis ! I’m writing from Turkey and I am absolutely obsessed with your blog since the first time I saw it.. You inspired me to travel and try new things. I am so grateful ! If you ever decide to come and visit Istanbul/Turkey, i would be flattered to show you around and accompany you.
    If you can check my blog and give a review or feedback I’ll be blessed. Thank you so much!
    itsaybi.wordpress.com

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    1. Aw thank you so much! That is lovely to hear 😀 Istanbul is definitely on my bucket list so fingers crossed I will get to come and visit in the not too distant future! I will make sure to check out your blog! Happy blogging!

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  11. I love your inspiring posts! You, along with many travelers could utilize our new and upcoming app, POI. It’s for the travelers and the locals to post their points of interest!

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  12. See your number 75 is Highgate Cemetery. Highly recommend it. And if you have time for the tour it is very well done. The place is partly abandoned jungle, partly historical fascination (Karl Marx is among the notables buried there) and partly an opportunity to get lost amid the thousands of intriguing markers and monuments.

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