The 11th interview in my inspirational traveller interview series is with Catherine from Ever Changing Scenery, where she tries to make every day an adventure.
Why don’t you introduce yourself and your blog?
Hello! I’m Catherine. I’m a recent graduate who is currently living a fairly normal life in York, England. I’m working away in my first ‘real’ job while constantly dreaming of being somewhere far away and exotic. Soon those dreams are going to become reality, as I am in the process of making plans to escape the nine to five and starting to travel full time.
I started Ever Changing Scenery back in January to share my journey from the workplace to the world. On the blog you can find handy tips for planning your travels, an insight into my day to day life and lots of stories from my previous travels.
What has been your major motivation to escape the 9-5 lifestyle?
There is so much to see and do out there in the world that I just couldn’t imagine going to the same office block five days a week for the rest of my life. I love mixing up my routine and trying something different, whether it’s taking an unusual route to work or trying out a new hobby. In the last twelve months since I finished university I’ve moved house three times, changed jobs three times, visited two countries I’ve never been to before, even learnt to play the diablo, but I need something more. Travelling full time will allow me to see and do something new every day and really experience everything the world has got to offer.
How do you plan on travelling full time? What jobs will you be working on the road?
At the moment we’re saving as much as possible to get us started and once we’re on the road we plan to keep our costs at a minimum and hopefully last at least the first six months with the money we start with. Ultimately I’d love to be able to carve out a ‘location independent career’ and have been trying to establish myself on different freelancing websites.
I used to work as a recruitment consultant, so I’ve been using the skills I learnt there to write other people’s CVs for a little bit of cash, and I would love to get paid for some travel writing too. I know it will probably take a while to make enough money to survive online though, so I’m prepared for the fact that I will probably have to get a more hands on job wherever we are when the cash runs out. Whether it’s teaching English in Asia, working on a farm in Australia or doing some bar work in America, I’m fairly certain it will be more exciting than an office job here in England!
So What Countries do you plan on travelling to first and why?
The first area we want to visit is actually the Caucasus Region on the border of Europe and Asia. I know it’s a rather strange choice, and I wish I could tell you some interesting and quirky reason for us wanting to visit there first, but the reality is that the boyfriend has family over there. His dad has been living in Georgia for the last couple of years and we’ve not managed to go and visit him so far, so it makes sense to head there first.
Staying with them in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, will provide us with a great base to explore the bordering countries of Azerbaijan and Armenia. As much as I can’t say I’ve always dreamed of visiting these places, as soon as we made the decision to head there I’ve been researching the countries endlessly and I am so excited to experience all they have to offer!
What are some of the items you have to bring with you when you’re travelling?
Most of the travelling I’ve done to date has involved taking a big suitcase and staying in one place for anything from a week to a month. With the joy of not having to carry everything around in a rucksack it’s been far too easy to view everything as essential! It’s going to be very difficult to narrow things down when I know I’ve got to carry it all the time!
One thing that really is necessary though is Geoffrey, the little giraffe you can see in the photo above. I have an unhealthy obsession with giraffes and since I got Geoffrey a couple of years back he’s come with me every time I’ve been away from home. He’s just small enough to fit in any suitcase or backpack, just big enough for a cuddle, and as you can see he loves to pose for the camera!
What are looking forward to seeing/doing most in Geogia?
To be honest I’ve been intentionally avoiding reading too much about the country’s top attractions and the things to do there – I’d much rather have some surprises! That being said I’m most looking forward to doing the things that normally end up creating the best memories wherever I go.
Wandering around the streets without a map and getting lost; exploring local markets; striking up a conversation with the locals and learning about their way of life; tasting local delicacies; admiring the architecture and natural landscape. Basically just enjoying the simple things in life.
In the places you don’t have any family what will be you main choice of accommodation? Hostel, Hotel or even apartment rental if you are staying for months?
As much as I would love to spend every evening in a luxurious hotel, the budget just doesn’t allow for it, so that’s out of the question! Inevitably we’re going to end up staying in some hostels, but I’m hoping to find some apartments for us to stay in on the likes of Airbnb and even finding somewhere to sleep via Couchsurfing on occasion. I have no experience with either of these websites to date so we’ll have to see how it goes, but I’m really excited about trying them both out and hoping they’ll provide a more authentic insight into the local life wherever we are.
What would you say to someone contemplating the idea of long term travel?
Go for it! What’s the worst that can happen?
A massive thank you to Catherine for being so great to interview. Make sure you check out her blog and follow her on social media using the links below.