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 2019 myself and my boyfriend Shaun returned home from 12 months travelling around the world. This trip was our biggest yet – we visited 20 countries across South America, Asia and Europe. In this blog you can read all about it, particularly how we managed to travel so cheaply!

I have now visited a total of 48 countries across 6 continents. 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 a 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 – over 4 years ago!

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 tight 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 holidays 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 , we had no time constraints and ended up being away for 12 months in total, this trip took 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 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 are now back home in Derbyshire, looking forward to putting down our backpacks and getting back into working life and I can’t wait to start writing up all our adventures.


Stay tuned to hear all about our adventures around the world.