47: What my boyfriend thinks of me travelling

January 24, 2019

Have you ever thought about what your boyfriend or loved ones think about you travelling? Nope me neither.

This episode is a recorded conversation between my boyfriend and I, on what he really thinks about me booking travel and just leaving the country at very short notice.

I've never really considered what my family and close friends think of me just leaving, and only telling them when I've left and I'm in the world.

I'm a solo female traveller who travels the world very freely. But after this honest conversation, I've changed how I approach my travel planning...

If you have a boyfriend or loved one that you're very close too, this may give you an insight into what they're thinking.

This episode was recorded in a noisy cafe, so apologies for all the background noise.


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46: How to set travel goals for yourself this year?

January 10, 2019

What's the perfect way to start 2019? By setting travel goals of course!

This episode I'm sharing my travel plans for 2019 and giving you some advice on how you can set travel goals for yourself, this year too.

What are your travel goals this year? What do you want to get out of 2019? And where to you go in the world this year?

This episode is perfect if you want to go travelling this year, or want to start planning for a round the world trip. 


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This episode is about;

My main reason for travel this year

This year is the first time that I've planned my travel goals so far in advanced and been this organised. I'm also changing my travel style this year as I’m travelling with my boyfriend. This will be the first time in 5 years, that I've travelled with a partner, so it’s going to be a challenge.

My mini travel goals this year as travelling to London, Dublin and a spontaneous trip to another country in Europe.

I’m still continuing with my long term goal of learning Spanish, in preparation of my travel plans of travelling Central America in 2020.


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How to get started now;

Think about a destination that’s far away (long haul) – where would that be for you?

Then have some mini trips that are closed to your home

Take some time to think about where you really want to be this year

Pick somewhere that you’d really like to go. Or something you would really like to dos


I’m at the beginning of 2019 right now, wouldn’t it be great if ­­­­___________________ by the end of 2019.

By the end of 2019, I  ­_____________________________.


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45: How to decide what shoes to take travelling

December 18, 2018

Getting the right shoes for travelling can be very stressful and overwhelming. What shoes do you take? How many pairs will you need? How do you decide which ones are best?

In this episode I'm giving you some helpful tips on how to find the right pairs, and which shoes to actually take, saving you a lot of time and effort! 

You're going to want to make sure you get the right shoes!

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This travel episode is about:

The shoes you need for travelling

Work on the idea that you need 3 – 4 pairs

  • Day shoes
  • Slip on shoe
  • Random third – will depend on what type of travel you are doing


When I travelled japan – my day shoe were TOMS with a waterproof material so I could wear them in the rain 

My tips when deciding on the right pairs to take;

Find something that you can walk in comfortably for a long period of time

Good quality, sturdy, breathable and light weight

Wear them in before you go

You can some to send you shoes to you at a later date

You can buy some when you’re out in the world

When I did my round the world trip – I took just 4 pairs


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44: Doing something different in Japan

December 13, 2018

I love finding those quirky things to do when I travel. And Japan was no different. I found something really fun to do and was ended up being a really great gift for myself. 

If you're looking to go to Japan and want some inspiration, this episode is for you!

Listener shout out goes to Jess who’s going on her second solo adventure!


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This travel episode is about;


Designing my own notebooks

Watching Sumo wrestlers in their morning practice

Cat café – really cool – good fun

Going to an onsen – really good for your skin and cleared up my mosquito bites

Sleeping on a futon was the best nights sleep I had from my entire trip in Japan

When I travel now, I choose what I want to do and don’t have to think of anyone else

If you’re travelling with someone else, its okay for you to go and do your own things and then come back together later on

Make sure you stop and take a break

Its very easy to get caught up in the travelling energy and keep moving

Take time for yourself, reflect on what you’ve already done and where you’re heading moving forward


Be the traveller that you want to be, this is your trip.


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43: Why travelling is the best and the scariest thing you’ll ever do

December 8, 2018

Imagine how it would feel travelling the world, a year from now. The adrenaline pumping through your body as you're excited and scared and excited and scared again.

But you're there. You're doing it. You're travelling. You're meeting people just like you, and people that are so different. You love being with them. You're learning so much about yourself and others. You look back and realise that you wished you'd planned it all sooner. You wish you started sooner... It's time to give yourself permission to travel...

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This episode is about;

Being outside of your comfort zone 
You have to push yourself and move forward and make that decision
You just have to make that decision to travel - listen to episode 41 here

Worries that gals tend to think about that stop them from travelling;

  • What if I leave my job behind
  • I’ve got a boyfriend I cant leave him behind
  • What if I don’t meet anyone I like, what if I’m on my own
  • What if I don’t have enough money
  • What if I don’t like it

These worries are totally normal
You’ll push through them and on the other side have the most amazing experience.

When you’re there doing it, it’s so powerful, you’re in it. You are doing it.

Let yourself daydream and imagine the possibilities of all the things you could be doing, the things you could be seeing, the people, the food,
Fall in love with the places, the people, the sights, the smells,
Falling in love with the world is incredible, it’s phenomenal, it’s so fulfilling
You can make a massive difference to someone in the world

Planning your own trip means having travel that’s tailored to you

So different for everyone

Travelling is is the best and the scariest thing you’ll do. But it’s totally worth it!

42: How to know if travelling is right for you?

November 29, 2018

Travelling's such a personal experience and is 100% about self-discovery. This actually starts right at the very beginning of your journey; in the planning stages. 

You’ll learn to make decisions now that'll help you make really quick decisions when you’re in the world travelling.

In today's episode, I answer the question 'How to know if travelling is right for you?'

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Absolutely love this podcast and wish I had found it sooner! I completed both a working holiday in Australia and New Zealand and your podcasts are inspiring me that three years away from the states wasn’t enough! I’d love to get to meet you, your podcasts are full of fantastic information.
Your podcasts make my days at the 9-5 so much better.


This episode is about:

Answering the question 'How to know if travelling is right for you?'
Travelling is right for everyone – Travelling is what you make of it.

Find out your travelling style

My travel style is a short term planner and going with the flow
Since I started travelling, so many and exciting opportunities have come to me

Travel is 100% about self-discovery

I learnt I’m really confident
I learnt that people liked me – this was a really silly belief that I had before I went travelling
I learnt to be really independent – I am the youngest child and was always
When I first went travelling it was so scary. But within a few days I became confident

Finding you style and what makes you feel good and what travelling means to you, that is what travelling is.

Self-discovery starts in the planning stages

Decide what type of traveller you want to be
Know what you like and don’t like
Remember you are on a journey. A journey of self-discovery

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41: Why do you want to travel?

November 22, 2018

I'm asking you gals a question today and getting you to put it into action! Do you really want to travel? Then what's stopping you from doing it?

I know this can be a difficult question to face, but once you do, it can change everything!

Ellen, a listener of the Show emailed me recently as she was waiting for her flight to go travelling... She got inspiration from the Show and faced her fears and did it...

Just decide to make travelling your goal for this coming year. Believe you can do it...

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In this travel episode;

We're going to be answering the question; Why do you want to travel and why are you not doing it?

Knowing the reason of why you want to travel and what's stopping you is so powerful. 

Take sometime to get really clear on why you want to do it

I share what made me go travelling

I hadn't really done anything on my own before, so wanted to be an independent solo female traveller.

Why do you want to go travelling over everything else?


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40: How to recover quickly from a flight

November 8, 2018

There's nothing worse than having a 14 hour flight and taking weeks to recover. You just want to get back to normal. But instead you feel like your missing out on travelling and just having fun!

In today's episode, I share my technique to recover quickly from flying. After a recent 14 hour flight back from Japan to the UK, I used this technique... and I swear by it! I follow the "rules" to make sure that I give myself the best chance of recovery.

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This episode is about...

My tips on…

What to do on the plane that stops you getting jet lag

Adapt to the time zone that you’re flying too
Eat the foods in relation to the country you are flying to
Change your time as soon as possible to the destination you are flying to

Eat light food the entire journey – I try to avoid carbs or limit the amount I eat
No caffeine
Keep the biscuits / nut / cracker packs to have them later on in the flight
Relax, just chill and rest

I was able to adjust back to my life in the UK very quickly and not suffer from jet lag

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39: How making friends in Japan made my trip to Taiwan so much better

November 1, 2018

Last episode I told you that I discovered just 3 days before flying back from Japan, that I was in the wrong city for my flight home. The city I was supposed to be in was 214 miles away and on the other side of the country.

In this episode I explain, that by making this mistake I ended up having an incredible time in Taiwan - the next part of my trip. I met some amazing travellers that proves...

'You never know who you’re going to meet and how they can change your travel experience'. - My mum.

I love this about travel, and this is what makes me go back for more...


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This episode is about...

How messing up my flight home meant that the timings and circumstances fell into place and travel just flowed and worked well
Met a young guy called Alex who was from Texas – very interesting to meet him

My timings with Alex were impeccable – he landed into Taipei, Taiwan 15 minutes before I did

You meet people that you wouldn’t cross paths with in your everyday life back in your home country
I love it when you meet those people and you just have a connection and you just get on

Takes your experience to another level when you meet people you have a deeper connection with than the general chit chats

Listen to episode 34 on How travelling gets you friends for life

Even now I still meet people travelling that I end up becoming good friends with when returning home

You’ll meet people and be in contact with them when you return home and have them as friends for life.
It really does happen

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38: My mistake of booking the wrong airport in Japan

October 26, 2018

I’m an experienced traveller and I’m confident in my ability to travel. But this doesn’t mean I get everything right all the time.

I made a massive mistake with booking my return flight home from Japan, and managed to book the wrong airport...the actual airport was 214 miles away!

I had to think on my feet, change my plans to adapt and keep moving forward. But knowing that everything works out in the end is a huge comfort!

Listen now to hear how I managed to rectify my mistake and turn it into a mini adventure and not get stressed out!


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This episode is about...

My trip to Japan – booked and was flying within a week of making a decision to go

Listen to episode 35 – being spontaneous and travelling to Japan

I had a niggly feeling when planning my trip but ignored it.
When I booked my flights, I accidentally booked the wrong airport returning from Japan
The airport I’d booked wasn’t even in the same area, it was actually 214 miles away (345km)
I didn’t discover my mistake until 3 days before I was leaving the country – luckily for me

Managed to tick some things of my “list” that I had for Japan
Found a fruit that only exists in Japan and had a yummy drink with it in!
Saw a stunning sunset, which is one of my fave things.

Double check the important things, but know that even if things do go wrong, you’ve got it! You’ll work out what to do.

Tied in nicely with the next part of my trip in Taiwan… next episode...

Remember, everything works out in the end!

37: My big decision since coming back from Japan

October 18, 2018

It’s time I do something that I’ve always wanted to do and keep putting off...Now's the time that I'm making a change...

After arriving back from Japan, I've made a huge decision. I have finally decided to go and learn that language that I always said I would do. 

Now this may not seem like a really big deal to you but for me this is huge. This is massive.

I feel very excited and very nervous. I'm stepping way outside my comfort zone because next year I want to travel to Central America.

In this episode...

I encourage you to make a decision now… what can you do right now towards going travelling?

Make this year the year you travel

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This is my declaration to you all... I am learning Spanish so I can travel and have a conversation with the locals

I haven’t over thought my decisions, I found a course, went to an open day liked the teachers and booked on the course.

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36: Where should you travel as a solo female traveller?

October 11, 2018

In today's episode I answer a question from Kat, a listener of the show and I share my recommendations on where to travel as a solo female traveller.

Kat's question was;

‘Hey Jo!! Hope you had a good trip to Japan!! Have you done quite a bit of traveling on your own and where would you recommend travelling to? I have a real travel bug for it at the moment?'

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My goal is to have you gals inspired and empowered to book your own travel and go travelling.

Task to find out where you want to travel;

Really important that you figure this out for yourself
My tips and advice to help you figure it out;
Take time out to figure out where you’ve always wanted to go and why
Eg. I always wanted to go to Japan because I wanted to try sushi and I wanted to step into the future

What have you always wanted to do?
Pick one thing that you’ve always wanted to see, do or experience.
Then together we will build up your picture from there
What sort of scenery do you enjoy? What do you like being around?
Eg. I love the mountain scenery and the sunset

Travelling for the first time as a solo female traveller?
I would recommend Asia and Europe
Travelling for me is like being home…it is my home.
Asia is my favourite continent by far

Time to have fun and be creative and get to daydream and figure out what you could do.

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35: Being spontaneous and travelling to Japan

September 13, 2018

A very special episode recorded live from my hostel rooftop in Japan!

Japan was on my bucket list and somewhere I have always wanted to go.

I decide to travel on the Wednesday and by the following Wednesday, I was on my way to Japan!

This travel episode is about...

Booking everything within a week

Just deciding to travel

Booking flights and travel in a week isn’t for everyone

We like to over thinking making a decision to travel.

You already have the desire to do it I felt this was the right decision and just went for it

Japanese culture being described as: “Take their time doing something. But when they do it, they do it well.”

This is how to look at travel too, especially if this is your first time travelling and travelling as a solo female.

That’s what I’m taking from japan... Take your time and do it, do it well!

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34: How travelling gets you friends for life

September 4, 2018

Friends you meet when you travel, become your friends for life. Connections happen so quickly and you always find someone to talk to.


I love meeting up with my travelling friends and reminiscing about our backpacking adventures. I've met so many people around the world and have a wide community of travelling guys and gals.

Meeting people when travelling is one of the easiest things to do, and feels very natural.

If you're scared of travelling alone, or are worried about being a solo female traveller.

Listen to this episode.

It'll make you feel so much more confident...


This travel episode is about ...

How I randomly met my friends like Jo in Melbourne, at a free salsa class
Even persuaded my friend to live with me in Alice Springs in Australia after knowing her for 2-3 months
Chris an acquaintance (friend of a friend) met when I was in Melbourne and now we’re best friends
Small talk is by-past really quickly
Best feeling when you become friends with someone and then end up meeting them later on in your travels
Don’t worry about travelling alone, there are so many people travelling you will make friends
Still scared to go alone – join a tour group and then go from there. This is what I did.


33: What to do if you fall in love when travelling

August 30, 2018


It's too easy to get caught up in the romance and fall ‘in love’ when travelling. It's happened to me and it can happen to you too.

So, today's episode is a reminder, that your main goal is to travel and not fall in love. But, if you do end up falling madly in love when you're travelling, then I've got some advice on how to deal with it.

I'm also sharing my personal experience of being a backpacker and falling in love.


Listen now...

This travel episode is about ...

My experience of having a relationship when being a backpacker and how he became ‘excess baggage’

Advice on how to deal with the situation of being in love

1) Your safety comes first – it number your number one priority
2) You are travelling – you want to meet new people, find yourself and explore
3) Keep the romance as a fling and leave it as some fun
4) Its okay to have some fun, it’s your choice and you don’t need to feel guilty
5) The best thing about travel, is time move really fast and things change constantly so its easy to move on

Travel Tip: 
Keep a journal when travelling, so you can write all your thoughts and feelings that you experience

Episode Links:
#23 - 5 Tips for staying safe as a solo female traveller
#31 - What to do when things go wrong when travelling

32: Random bag of bits every female traveller must have

August 21, 2018

As a female backpacker, you will end up having a random bag of bits that'll go with you everywhere. You'll start it before you leave and continuously add to it as you go through your journey.

What is a bag of bits I hear you ask? And why should you take one travelling?

Well you'll just have to listen to find out...


This travel episode is about:

Every backpacker needs a bag of bits (sorry about the name)

Little bag that you have before you go and you end up collecting bits to add to it as you travel

Should be in every gals backpack

Get a Backpackers tip / secret

“Survival bag” – everyone’s is different – reflects you and what you need as a person 

I explain what's in mine and what it is

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31: What to do when things go wrong

August 14, 2018

I'm an experienced and confident traveller, and have travelled all over the world. But my biggest fear came true on a recent trip to Italy.

I'd decided to leave booking my weekend accommodation until the last minute and found that all the hostels were fully booked. My biggest fear had come true and I had nowhere to stay that night.

Panic set in and I had to make some quick decisions to get me out of the mess...

Listen now to find out the process I used, when things go really wrong when travelling...

This travel episode is about ...

Travelling from Pisa to Genoa which was my planned stop 
Realising that all the hostels in Genoa, Italy were fully booked
Panicking and realising I had to follow a process to get myself sorted
The 'Process' I use when in a difficult situation and things go wrong
Having my plans changed and ending up in La Spezia, Italy
Having the most amazing time in a hostel and not following any of my travel plans
Realising that even as an experienced traveller, things still do not go to plan

When things go wrong, it’s when you really test your natural instincts and learn

Episode Links:
#12 Planning to have no plans when Travelling 
#16 How to make travel goals happen
#30 How to plan a day when travelling

30: How to plan your day when travelling

August 7, 2018

Are you looking to go travelling but not sure how to fill your time? Or maybe you're wondering what do travellers actually do with their days? 

Then this episode is perfect for you. I'm teaching you how I set out a day schedule when I travel. I use my recent trip to Florence in Italy to show you how to structure a day to get the most out of travelling.


If you're going travelling and want to know the best way to structure your day... Listen now...

How to plan a day when travelling...


This travel episode is about ...

Being in Florence, Italy and planning my day out to get the most out of my time there and avoid the touristy areas at peak times.

How I plan my day when travelling:

Before I arrive at a destination or on the morning of my first day in a new place, I plan my day using the criteria below.

1) Write down all places I must not miss
2) Where they are on a map
3) When do they close? - if big tourist attraction do later in the day so its quitter
4) What do I want to do in the morning?
5) What food do I want to eat and must not miss
6) What type of transport do I need? Can I just walk or is it further out

Episode Links:

#24 Should you quit your job to travel?
#26 Tips for Travelling Rome
#28 How to plan a rest stop when travelling


29: How to get a free day when travelling

July 31, 2018

In this episode, I talk about my recent trip to Milan in Italy, where I was able to enjoy a full day without spending any money.

I wanted to show you that it does and can happen. It's great to just enjoy and embrace a culture and reflect on the experience that you’ve already had.

It’s also the perfect way to complete your time in one country before you move onto the next or before you head home.

Listen now to find out...

How to get a free day when travelling...

This travel episode is about ...

Being in Milan and having a really great day, without spending any money. Also, I didn’t sacrifice anything.

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My recent trip to Milan: 
When I told people I was going there, I didn’t get the best response
One of the fashion capitals of the world
Last stop on my trip of Italy
2 days in Milan
Met up with a gal traveller I’d met in Pisa - Listen to the episode here


Free day

Morning - Tour of Milan city – lasted about 3 hours
- Really good tour, led by a local Milanese man. Learnt about the history in Milan
- Mixed group of people

Afternoon – Walking around Milan solo
- I spent the afternoon walking around the high end fashion stores daydreaming and being absorbed in the fashion
- Absorbing the Italian culture and just relaxing
- Sitting in parks and people watching

- The hostel where I stayed gave free breakfast
- I took fruit, crackers and cake for my lunch
- Evening dinner also included which was pasta and salad, fruit and cake

- I had pre booked and paid for my hostel on a 2 night deal

- I had paid for a metro ticket on a 24 hour deal the day before and therefore included the entire day


Free days allow you to just relax and enjoy being where you are.

Free days are not about short changing people or cutting corners, or cheating people.

Listen to episode 25 on How much money to take travelling


Episode Links:

#28 How to plan a rest stop when travelling
#25 How much money to take Travelling
#20 How to fund your travel before you go
#19 Where to travel when everywhere's on your list

28: Don’t plan your travel without having a rest stop

July 24, 2018

So many travellers overlook planning a rest stop. They think they can just travel and travel and not take time out. That's their biggest mistake and how they get travelling so wrong.

Planning a rest stop is one of the best decisions that you'll make. Moving from culture to culture is exciting and thrilling but also overwhelming. It tires you out so quickly and leaves you feeling exhausted.

Having a rest stop in a place that isn't full of tourists or loads of things to do, will enable you to just stop. Relax. Breathe. And catch up with yourself. You'll feel refreshed, revived and ready to take on your next destination.


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Why you should plan a rest stop

How to plan a rest stop

My experience of using Pisa in Italy as my rest stop

How to decide where to have a rest stop

When you should plan in a rest stop


Episode links:

#12 - Planning to have no plans when Travelling 
#16 - How to make travel goals happen
#18 - Tips for moving on when Travelling
#29 - What to do when things don't go to plan