About Me

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


Here’s a bit 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. I have always had a passion for studying the world; people, places and the environments.

After a month inter-railing around Europe I caught the travel bug and I was soon planning a big trip around the world.

After a year of saving money working 4 jobs in Derby, I had saved just enough to leave home. 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 in 2013!

In this first trip we travelled for 12 months, spending a large part of it working in Australia and we also travelled around large parts of Asia and Australasia travelling on a very tight budget, which you can read all about in this blog.

India, February 2014

Luckily, despite not knowing each other for very long at all, 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.

In 2015 we then moved to London together, where we spent 3 years working hard saving money, but we also managed to fit in some amazing budget holidays around Europe and Morocco.

In February 2018 we left our jobs and our flat in London and jumped back in to long term travel again , we had no time constraints and ended up being away for over 12 months. This trip was our biggest yet – we visited 20 countries across South America, Asia and Europe and made some of the best memories. 

India, November 2018

We began the trip in South America. The trip took us from the beaches of Brazil, to the chilly southern tip of Patagonia, to the salt flats of Bolivia and the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. We travelled the entire length of the Andes mountain range, the longest mountain range on earth, and we ended at the Caribbean coast on the beaches of Colombia in the far North of the continent. 

After South America we travelled to Asia; a continent  I fell in love with on my first big trip away and had been dreaming of returning to ever since. We travelled to Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and The Philippines, to Sri Lanka and India, before we then started making our way home through the Caucasus region and eventually to Austria in Central Europe. We had originally planned to end our trip travelling around Africa, but long term travel was more tiring than we had remembered, so we decided to save that for another time.

We are now living back home in Derbyshire, England. We have visited over 50 countries across 6 continents and I can’t wait to start writing up all our adventures, as well as plan smaller trips in between our working life!


Patagonia, March 2018