Travel often, travel cheaply, experience a road less travelled
Hi, I'm Zoe. Welcome to Zo Around The World!
I have an obsession for travel and exploring new cultures. Myself and my husband Shaun have travelled to over 50 countries in 6 continents around the world, including long term budget backpacking trips around many amazing places in South America, Asia, The Caucasus, Australasia and more.
In this blog you can read all about our travels, including detailed itineraries and how we managed to travel so cheaply!
Travel is my passion, let me help it become yours too
Our first trip to India in 2014 opened my eyes to a world where everything was entirely different to everything I knew. Ever since, it was India that I longed to return to more than anywhere else. The memories of squeezing our way through tightly packed, hectic streets in a daze; by the vast array […]
The few weeks we spent in the Philippines was beautiful, like a relaxing holiday from travelling that I didn’t want to end. It’s cheap and a bit rough around the edges in places. But beautiful in every single sense of the word. With over 7000 islands to explore, it’s not got a standard backpacker route […]
2018 was one of the best years of my life and I feel so fortunate that I had this opportunity to travel to so many incredible places in the world. During 2018, Shaun and I visited 16 countries in total across South America and Asia and we have had so many amazing experiences that we’ll […]
From it’s bright neon city-lights and ancient temples, to it’s super fast trains and amazing toilets. Japan is one of the coolest and most unique places I’ve ever been. We spent just over 1 month in Japan and I still felt sad to leave, it was just so different to anywhere else we have been. […]
Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 islands, but over half of it’s population live on Java island, which makes it the heart and the economic centre of Indonesia. However it is often overlooked by visitors heading straight for islands like Bali, yet Java is filled with many interesting places to explore and spectacular natural […]
Our 3 weeks in Ecuador were jammed packed and took me far out of my comfort zone and into a buzz of adrenaline and happiness. We didn’t even expect to love Ecuador as much as we did, but the country was beautiful. So much so that little Ecuador quickly joined Bolivia in being our favourite 2 […]
The Salar de Uyuni Salt Flat spans further than the eye can see until the horizon disappears at the end of it, then there’s the lagoons that shine strange colours from red to green and blue, some are filled with flamingos, and snow capped mountains and volcanos rise above them creating picture perfect mirror reflections. […]
So we made the decision not to do a multi day hike to Machu Picchu. We didn’t fancy a tour either. With the altitude leaving us short of breath just walking around Cusco and Shaun suffering with the flu, we actually didn’t fancy doing much walking at all. So it didn’t take us long to […]
During the 23 days we spent in Chile we have seen some seriously beautiful scenery and landscape so impressive that at times I couldn’t quite believe I was seeing it with my own eyes. We travelled some huge distances, from being blown away (quite literally) by the wild land of Patagonia in the very south, […]
Torres del Paine is a national park located in southern Chilean Patagonia. It’s highlights include jagged mountains, brightly coloured lakes, glaciers, rivers and golden grasslands. The most famous sight of all being the incredible 3 rock towers which give the park it’s name. The first time I saw a photo of Torres Del Paine was […]