About me

Who am I?

My name is Harriet.

Born to two adventurous parents in the little town of Aberystwyth, I set off on my first overseas adventure at just three months old…and I’ve been travelling ever since.

Now, at the grand old age of twenty-four, I’ve explored over fifty different countries across the globe. Whether travelling alongside my globetrotting parents and not-so-little brother, fellow travel enthusiasts I’m lucky enough to call friends, or even solo, I am happiest when on the move.

How did it all begin?

This website was born in 2016, created by a wanderlusting teen with itchy feet and stories to tell. I said it best in my very first post; I’m all about Keeping It Simple.

In the years since this blog’s creation, I’ve graduated from the London School of Economics with two degrees in International History and worked my way up from intern at one of the world’s leading independent travel publishers. Although my travel writing took something of a back seat to student-life during this period – I never stopped exploring.

What do I want to do?

This September, I’ll be returning to the big smoke to commence my PhD, but this time, things will be different. Like fish and chips (if you haven’t noticed yet, I’m English), history and travel are a match made in heaven. How can you really experience a place, if you don’t know anything about where it came from? In an effort to marry my two great loves, I’ll be updating this blog every step of the way. Regaling the highs and lows of family holidays, sharing tales from my six months of backpacking Central America and offering an insight into the life and travels of a PhD student, this blog will have it all.

Whether exploring far-flung lands through the pages of a well-worn history book, or with two feet firmly on the ground, adventure is everywhere…if only you know where to look.

Welcome to my little corner of the internet. I hope you enjoy your stay.

96 responses to “About me”

  1. Thanks for stopping by! I’ve always loved reading stories, especially the ones which include lots of travelling and this seems to be perfect for just that! πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you for reading! I hope that you enjoy my stories and I am looking forward to reading more of your work ☺️

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  2. What an impressive list of destinations that you have already racked up Harriet! Thank goodness for Ryan Air hey! Ironically many, such as myself, would love to travel – to – a small village in England!! πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, I’m a very lucky girl indeed to have visited some of the amazing destinations that I have. It’s so odd to think that people are interested in visiting small English villages like my own, to me it’s always just been home! I’m working on a post right now about the UK, keep a look out ☺️

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    • No problem, I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts! I’m incredibly lucky in the fact that my parents have chosen to make travelling one of our family’s priorities. We rarely travel throughout the year, instead spending the months hunting for the cheapest flights using apps and websites (the app ‘Momondo’ is a great example) to find the best deal so we can make our summer trip as great as possible. For trips to Europe, Ryanair is of course a firm favourite!

      We also tend to eat and drink fairly cheaply when abroad, sourcing meals from markets or food stalls that sell delicious local dishes relatively inexpensively (that’s probably one of the best things about Asia, once you’ve reached the continent, things are usually very cheap!)

      Thank you so much for taking the time go read my blog, if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to get in touch ☺️

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  3. Thank you so much Harriet for stopping by and having a look at my blog; thingsunderstood.wordpress.com. I really enjoyed reading yours (especially about Japan) and I am amazed at all of the fantastic places you have already visited! Wow! Keep up the fabulous writing and photography and please drop by again soon. πŸ™‚ Jacqueline

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    • Thank you! I’m really looking forward to reading more of your blog ☺️ as for recommendations as I’m sure you’ve read Beijing has been my favourite destination to date but I would also highly encourage you to visit Ubud in Bali, Kyoto in Japan and Rishikesh in India

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  4. What a great list of places you’ve already been to! I’ll be sure to keep an eye and see where things go for you from here….you have quite the gift for words!

    Thanks for the like and follow as well!

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    • Thank you so much, your comments mean a lot! I’m looking forward to reading about many more of your adventures too 😊

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  5. Hey thanks for stopping by! Wow you are 16 yo and you have been to so many cities. What a life! πŸ™‚ And I agree. If travel is an addiction, we are afflicted! I hope you will come back (both my page and Asia, I will show you around).

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  6. Harriet, love…WOW!!!

    Absolutely love it that you are pursuing your passion for journalism and being diligent with your travels at such a young age.

    I esteem you, dear one.

    I’m thankful to have you following us at Land: Stories from the Journey and I am looking forward to following your blog.

    Peace be with you and your travels. God bless you πŸ˜€

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  7. Hi Harriet. Lovely that you decided to follow my blog and I hope any travel or indeed other post you come across are of interest. As you’ll gather I’m an incompetent traveller but that hasn’t put me off. You sound a little like my own daughter who will do anything to travel. She’s 22 now so has had the benefit of gap year and university holiday travel as well as family breaks. Enjoy!

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  8. Hi there,
    Love your site! It’s so well-written, thoughtful and impressive that you’ve built it into such a popular site. Will keep reading!

    Do you have any advice for a new blog on how to best grow your followers? πŸ™‚

    Merci beaucoup!

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    • Aw thank you so much! I think there are 3 key things you can do to help your site grow:
      1. Post regularly
      2. Interact with other people’s sites, especially those of a similar theme to yours!
      3. Utilise the tagging tool (the more relevant tags you give your post, the more likely it is to pop up in someone’s reader)

      Good luck!

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  9. Hi, thanks for stopping by and following my travel and photography site. I also enjoy reading and seeing photos about other people’s travels. You’ve got an impressive resume of traveling done already. I know I will enjoy following your travels as well.

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  10. Woaaah. When I got my first follower I did not expect to find such a Big-League blogger. And by the time I could digest your number of followers, I found your About and oh boy, starting a blog I should not be saying this but seriously I am out of words here !!!! You ARE quite a traveller and I really hope you realise your dream of journalism very soon πŸ™‚ I came here to say thanks and that got drowned in your awesomeness πŸ˜€ Before I check more pages of yours and get overwhelmed again, thanks a ton for the like and follow πŸ™‚

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  11. Amazing journey so far! Wow! You will need to add Australia to that list…and contact me when you are in the Perth area. Happy to show you the ‘local secret spots’. πŸ˜‰

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    • Thank you! Australia is definitely on my bucket list, hopefully there’s a trip in sight for me at some point in the future! 😊

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  12. I’ve been looking through your posts! You’re descriptions are so colorful and your stories are entertaining! Thank you for following my blog!

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  13. Wow Harriet, I’m Impressed! In your age, you had travelled a lot of places already… I was not able to read your post yet but I know they ate great interesting too. I find time to read your post thnx for following me up. I followed you back. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you! I’m very lucky to travelled to the places I have, I look forward to reading about your adventures ☺️

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  14. wow have you ever travelled! that is an impressive list! At 17, I hadn’t even left Canada.
    I finally left to mexico for a vacation after I graduated, and even still, I have been to mexico a number of times, Dominican Republic, Orlando florida and, other than Alberta, where I live in Canada, I have been to BC a few times.
    Not a whole lot of travel for me. I would love to go to Asia one day!
    Hope you get to keep your travels up!

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    • Haha, I’m a very lucky girl! I would love to visit Mexico, it is somewhere that has always been on my bucket list! Good luck with your travels too, I hope that you do get the chance to explore Asia one day, it’s truly amazing ☺️

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  15. Thanks for stopping by The Long Way Home! I love your site and you’ve already visited so many beautiful countries…I’m looking forward to following your future travel and journalism adventures πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you! I’m a big fan of your blog too and look forward to seeing where your journey takes you next 😊

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  16. Crazy how many places you’ve been before even hitting 18! I wish I had done the same, but instead I spent my teenage years drinking lambrini in a park hah!

    Going travelling in a few months though, so will be making up for lost time πŸ˜‰

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  17. This blog is genuinely incredible! You’re a true inspiration to me, both as a traveller and a writer and I wish you nothing but adventure and success. Thank you a thousand times for sharing your words and your journeys with all of us. Here’s to many more ❀️

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  18. Hey!!

    I just saw that you followed my blog and I must say I feel a little honored, I adore your writing and blog! Just wanted to say hello as a fellow travelling teen :)). I look forward to reading more! xx

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