About Me

Hi, I’m Zoe. Welcome to Zo Around The World!

I am a 27 year old budget backpacker with an obsession for travel and exploring new cultures. In February 2018 myself and my boyfriend Shaun quit our jobs in the city to travel around the world, for a second time!

This trip will be our biggest yet – over the next few years we plan to explore South America, Asia and Eastern Europe on a budget and get off the beaten path as much as we can. In this blog you can read all about it, particularly how we manage to travel so cheaply!

I am a self confessed over-organised travel planner, travel has become my favourite part of my life and let me show you how it can become yours too


Here’s a bit more about me:

I’m originally from Derby, a small city in the UK. Until I turned 18, I could count how many countries I had been to on one hand.

I graduated with a degree in Geography in 2012, and after 1 month inter-railing around Europe I caught the travel bug and I was soon planning my first trip around the world.

After a year of saving money working 4 jobs in Derby, I had saved just enough for my first year long trip. In that year, as well as spending every waking moment that I wasn’t working planning and over-preparing for the trip, I also met my wonderful boyfriend, Shaun. He also wanted to travel long term; and off we went.

Leaving for our 1st big trip – over 4 years ago!

In this first trip we travelled for 12 months and covered large parts of Asia and Australasia on a budget, which you can read all about in this blog

Luckily, Shaun and I quickly became the perfect travel team; with me being the over-organised one who plans it all, and Shaun handling the logistics of successfully getting from A-B when we are on the road.

Shaun and I then moved to London. Where we spent 3 years working hard saving money, but we also managed to fit in some amazing budget trips around Europe and Morocco.

Current travel Plans:

In February 2018 we left our jobs and our flat in London and jumped back in to long term travel again (yay!), we have no time constraints but plan on being away for up to 2 years. Starting in South America, this trip will take us from the beaches of Brazil and Colombia to the chilly southern tip of Patagonia and the mountains of the Andes.

After South America we plan to travel to Asia; a continent  I fell in love with on my first big trip away and have been dreaming of returning to ever since. We plan on travelling to Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and The Phillipenes, to India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Tibet, before we start making our way home through maybe Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

That’s the ‘vague’ plan anyway… 🙂


Stay tuned to join my adventures and follow me around the world.