About Me

Hey! I’m Harriet. I’m a sport loving, chocolate obsessed, travel addict from Hertfordshire.

I am at my happiest exploring a new place, learning a new culture and trying new things.

I also take great pleasure in planning the adventures, and can often be found losing all track of time browsing forums, reading fellow travelers blogs, or searching for the cheapest deals on flight comparison websites – even if I have no annual leave or money to visit these places…yet!

My Travel Past. 

Growing up in England, I was lucky to visit a fair amount of European holiday destinations with my family, but it was not until I had finished University that I really got a feeling for what travel was all about.

I took a Gap Year after University; the idea of saving money to travel was far more appealing to me than going straight into my future career path of teaching. The ‘plan’ was to enjoy my year off, complete my post-graduate degree in education, and get a job.

It didn’t exactly work out like that.

I spent the summer of my Gap Year working in a magical place in North Carolina, Blue Star Camps, and it was here that my outlook on life completely changed.

My days were spent in the sunshine, hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and teaching Outdoor Adventure…and I got paid to do it! Granted, these Camp America schemes do not pay the big bucks, but my food, accommodation and spending money was covered, with a little left over too.

With this leftover money and my newly formed friends, I got to travel the East Coast of America; from Florida to New York. By the end of my 6 months in America, I had been bitten by the travel-bug, and this feeling was not going to go away.

I returned to the UK; I had already accepted and committed to the post-graduate degree in Geography education, but my heart just wasn’t in it anymore. The days were long and hard, I was depressed, but I slogged it out to the end and got my degree, knowing that this was no longer the career path for me.

The problem now, was that I had no idea what my plan was. All I knew was that I had a passion for travel.

I decided to go against the social conformity, to the delight of my parents(!), and spent the rest of my twenties travelling the world. I went back to Blue Star Camps for another two summers, lived in Australia for a year and visited as many countries as I could afford to in-between. It was amazing.

Now in my early thirties, I have a job in Events (which completely makes sense as I love to plan!) and try to squeeze as many trips in as possible throughout the year.

My Travel Future. 

I may no longer be living out of a suitcase, or trying to work out a different currency on a daily basis, but I do love the life I lead and the travel that it enables me to do.

I look back to my twenties, and I think maybe I didn’t fully appreciate every place that I visited, as it became ‘the norm’ for me in those days. From being a bit older, and working full time, I am now able to enjoy every step of the travel experience, and fully embrace each new place that I visit. Having a bit more money also helps, as now in my thirties I like my comforts a bit more; sharing a dorm with 11 other backpackers is no longer ideal for me!

Below are my plans for 2018;

  • Byron Bay, Australia
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Koh Samui, Thailand
  • Sorrento, Italy
  • Sicily

And it’s only February, so I’m hoping to squeeze in some other gems throughout the year too!

Why I have a Travel Blog. 

I started this blog back in 2014, when I first returned from traveling.
Sadly, it never really amounted to anything. And with only 6 posts written, I gave up.

I don’t like to give up on things, hence why I qualified as a teacher with no intention to teach(!), but I actually think this was a good thing. I was not in the right space of mind to write a blog then. I was still impressionable by social media, and wanted a quick-win to make money and travel full-time.

Now, in 2018, I want to write for me.

Last year was not a good year for me. My life was turned upside down and I lost myself somewhere along the line. I’m now starting to piece myself back together and realise the things that matter most to me, making sure that I do the things that make me happy. Like sharing photos and tips about one of the things I love most: travel.

I am now fully committed and excited to share my travel passion with others, and if it can help or inspire some fellow travelers along the way, then that’s great! 🙂

If you have any travel tips for the above, or recommendations for other trips to take, please do share! Either comment or pop me over an email: harriet@snapshottravel.co.uk

Dream. Explore. Discover.