An Introduction to the Grad Gone Global
My name is Ellie.
I am travelling until I find something better to do.
I initially created a travel blog to reassure my mum that I was still alive and well as I backpacked my way alone around South America.
I was 19. She was worried.
After that, it just sort of stuck. I would go somewhere, and then write about it. Throughout my year out, and then beyond.
My mum read it, and a few of my friends. My grandpa was my biggest fan. (He probably still is. Shout out to the Devon G!).
I didn’t do it for page views or popularity. I didn’t know what ‘traffic’ was or why ‘clicks’ mattered. I did it because I loved it.
I still do. I love writing, and I especially love writing about travel. I want to have a written record of the places I’ve been and the ridiculous situations I’ve got myself into. And I think this is the best way to do it!
But the blog has grown and changed since back then. It’s been through a few different iterations, and finally landed here, at Grad Gone Global. And now it’s become more than just a glorified online diary.
(The glorified online diary part is still going though, don’t worry).
So, what’s the blog for?
There is more than one type of travel blog.
If you’re looking for one which primarily focuses on sharing pictures of said blogger in expensive and/or revealing bikinis, or stylishly put-together outfits with a mountainous backdrop, probably all taken by a hunky model boyfriend, then you have probably come to the wrong place.
This is naaaaat that kind of blog.
Not least because I (and most other normal humans I know) have a strong aversion to most pictures of myself, especially in a bikini.
Also I buy most of my clothes from charity shops and/or flea markets. And any mountainous backdrops I have come across so far have largely coincided with levels of rain bordering on torrential.
I do take a lot of crap selfies though.
But mainly I take photos of the places I travel, without me awkwardly posing in the foreground. You can check out my Instagram if you’re interested.
Showing people how to travel
I first realised the potential power of this blog when I wrote a post about the spectacularly dull topic of how to do your tax return in Australia. Boring, right?
But it really took off. Then I realised: people want and need help with the practicalities of travelling and living abroad. It’s not always easy to navigate through the systems of other countries. And I can totally help with that. I can sift through the legal waffle on government websites, and produce easy-to-digest, but still factually accurate versions of that stuff.
I know that I can research dense, boring, hard-to-understand content, and then write about it in a way that actual humans will get. That’s what I did for three years at university. I can totally apply that to information on visas, insurance, finance – everybody’s FAVOURITE parts of travel!
Here’s the crux. I want to inspire people to travel, and then make it easier for them to do so.
I am obviously not a lawyer, nor am I a tax agent. I’m just a well-meaning person who wants to provide help where possible. Any advice on this blog should be interpreted as you see fit: it is purely for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice.
Persuading people to travel
And then apart from that, I want to persuade people that travel is a good life choice.
My aim is to encourage other people to travel, especially young people in my position: those who have no particular career path in mind; those who are want to get more experience of the world and all its magic before signing their life away in a grad scheme contract. I wrote this article for STA travel, arguing that travel after uni is much the better option – and the more I travel, the more I believe it!
There is so much pressure on graduates to go straight into a career-job, but I want to challenge that idea. I don’t think you need to head straight into a high-pressured ‘real-life’ job, and I don’t think there is enough acceptance of those who don’t want to choose that path.
I am not putting real life off. I am choosing a different version of it, for just now.
I think travel teaches a lot of things that office work just won’t. You can decide for yourself whether you agree!