About Me

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

Since 2012, I have travelled to 24 countries within 4 continents. Zo Around The World is a collection of my travel experiences – particularly writing about backpacking and budget travel.

In 2018, I will be leaving home to travel long term for a second time, starting in South America!

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 26 and I’m originally from Derby (A small city in the middle of England, with very little there except the proximity to the beautiful Peak District National Park).

Until I turned 21, I could count how many countries I had been to on one hand.

Anyway I graduated with a degree in Geography in 2012, and after a month inter-railing around Europe I caught the travel bug and I was soon planning a big year away trip.

After a year of saving money in Derby, working 3 lifeguard jobs and a job in a cafe, I had saved just enough for a year long round the world 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 the world; and off we went.


Okay so we didn’t have enough money to travel all  the world. But we 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.

Current travel Plans:

Shaun and I have been working hard saving money in London for the last few years, but have also managed to fit in some amazing budget trips around Europe and Morocco.

Lastly, I am so excited to announce that in 2018 we will be jumping back in to long term travel (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.

We then 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 Japan, South Korea and The Phillipenes, to India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Tibet, before we end our trip in a Africa, where we plan on travelling as much of Southern and Eastern Africa as our budget will allow.

That’s the ‘vague’ plan anyway…


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