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Hello, and welcome to Blethers from Afar!
I’m Izzy – writer, explorer and all-round loon.
I live in the beautiful city of Edinburgh though I grew up on Orkney, a windswept cluster of islands just off the north coast of Scotland. Despite spending a disproportionate amount of my childhood on ferries, I never did quite find my sea legs. I’ve been living ‘South’ for nine years now, after leaving to embark on a four year degree in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh.
Mainland life has treated me well, but that doesn’t mean I’ve lost touch with my islander roots. Despite having travelled the world and back, I still maintain that Orkney is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Think I’m bias? Check out this view of the Hoy hills, a mere ten minutes walk from my childhood home.
Not bad, eh?
You can read about more about Hoy here. If ever you make it far enough north to visit Orkney, you’d be mad not to hop over on the ferry. But more about that another time.
If you haven’t already gathered, I love to blether. Writing, it seems, was a natural choice.
So when did it all begin? Well, since you ask…
I began blogging after finishing university. Spurred on my desire to see the world, I spent six months backpacking, with time spent across Thailand, Singapore, Australia’s East Coast, California, Canada, before finishing up with the beautiful cities of Boston and New York. You can read more about some of these experiences by clicking on the links below:
I started a blog as a way to share my stories with friends and family. What started out as a hobby soon became a bit of an obsession, and hence, Blethers from Afar was born.
I quickly discovered that traveling and writing went hand in hand and have been doing both ever since, in between my job in theatre sales and production.
Hold on; you have another job?!
Yes; believe it or not, many writers support their blogs with another job! There’s definitely money to be made in full-time blogging, but as it happens, I absolutely love my job in theatre too. In fact, I’m actually on my way towards having my first play, Keepers of the Light, in production, with a tour that’s going to kick off in May 2021. Give us a wee follow on Facebook, if you fancy learning more!
I divvy up my time between working full time, finding the next adventure and sharing my stories with you, lovely readers. Yes, that does make me a very busy bee, but I hope to be living proof that you absolutely can work and travel at the same time. (Keep reading, and I promise to share some tips with you on how to keep the balance going!)
So what kind of travel do i enjoy?
Having hung up the old 13kg backpack a few years ago, these days, it’s all about three things:
Sound complicated? It’s actually surprisingly simple. I don’t like sitting still on holiday, so I love to find fun and exciting activities which immerse you totally into the culture of the place you’re visiting. I also like having a lovely hotel to come back to. And frankly, I like to make my money last.
I believe all of these things can be achieved. It’s about finding tricks and hacks to keep the costs low, without sacrificing incredible experiences. It can take a good bit of research and planning, but thankfully for you, those are the hours I LOVE to put in!
As a working gal (no, not that kind!) I have to fit in my adventures as and when I can, so the majority of my travels these days revolves around European city breaks, the type that can fit neatly into a long weekend. I also love getting out in the Scottish wilderness, so you’ll find your fair share of outdoorsy posts too, as well as the occasional feature on the further-flung corners of the globe as and when I can fit them in. I believe that there’s always adventure to be had, and luxury to be found, no matter what your budget or the distance covered.
To date, this blog has taken me to some pretty incredible places and provided me with countless unforgettable experiences. I’ve snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef and marveled over the Grand Canyon. I’ve found myself lost in the middle of a Thai jungle and been cursed by an elderly Greek lady. I’ve driven across Icelandic glaciers and through desert landscapes and you know what? It’s been a bloody blast.
So hop on board the mad train that is my life, come join in the experience. Let’s see where this thing takes us.