ONE LITTLE BACKPACKER IS A BLOG FOR TRAVEL LOVERS, BUDGET TRAVEL INSPIRATION AND WORKING ABROAD.
Hello! Welcome to my site. I’m so happy to have you here.
My name is Abigail and I’m the storyteller behind One Little Backpacker. I started this blog in order to help others travel the world on a small budget.
My goal is to inspire travelers to live more freely and place more value on experiences not material objects.
If I can inspire more people to do what they love and travel the world. This will all be worth it.
I write about my personal experiences on the road, budget travel tips, working abroad and top destinations.
“It is not the mountain we conquer it is ourselves”
One Little Backpacker is a collection of my travel experiences, tips on how to stretch your budget and my suggested travel itineraries. I have been traveling for the last 7 years, working abroad has allowed me to continue my adventure and travel longer. Let me explain a little further where my love of travel began and how I ended up travelling the world as a solo 29-year-old female traveller.
Following the car accident, I studied at home in order to achieve my GCSEs and then went to college where I studied A Levels, where I was still unable to walk without crutches. I finally went to Bournemouth University, graduated with a 2:1 (hons) bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and an award for ‘best final year dissertation’ from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
Once I had completed my degree I decided to travel for up to 6 months. However, once the 6 months was over I decided I wasn’t quite ready to return home. The 6 month trip I had planned, eventually turned into a 2 year round the world adventure.
After researching various destinations, I decided to plan my trip by festivals around the world. I began in South America, where I witnessed the spectacular Rio Carnival. Next I travelled to India, where I took part in the paint throwing of Holi Festival. Carrying on to South East Asia, I visited Northern Thailand to celebrate Songkran Festival (a 5-day water fight). This was where my trip was supposed to come to an end…
I then travelled through Thailand and completed my open water dive certificate, which led on to my advanced course back to back. Next I flew to Singapore and on to The Philippines where I celebrated my friend Lauren’s birthday. You can’t beat home comforts when you’ve been on the road for so long.
Following on from the Philippines, I travelled to Vietnam where I worked for 6 months at Hanoi Backpackers (Vietnam Backpackers). This was a ridiculous time in my life, I worked with some awesome people and had the time of my life. However, there is only so much partying you can do without killing your liver.
At this point I really didn’t know where to head next…I eventually decided it wasn’t time to go home and applied for my Australia Working Holiday Visa.
I flew into Melbourne and quickly headed up to the warmer weather in Sydney!
Some of my university friends were already living in Bondi, so I joined them. Here’s a tip…to save money on rent share rooms with multiple people! Yes we had 6 of us in a 2 bed house haha. This was definitely one of the best experiences of my life. We have so much fun living there, working temporary jobs and enjoying the beach on our doorstep.
However, a year goes by very quickly! Where to next?
Well I decided it would be rude not to see New Zealand as I was already in that part of the world. So I hopped on a plane and did the Kiwi Experience from Auckland to Queenstown. Definitely do this if you get the chance. It’s such a beautiful and varied country, partnered with the friendliest people.
Moving on…I went back to South America to complete the continents amazing countries. Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia.
When I arrived home back after this trip I was unsure of what to do next. Going away for 2 years can leave you feeling a little lost when you finally return.
I took a job in financial recruitment and hated every second ha ha. I did manage to stay just over a year though.
I then went back into PR and Events and was much happier (it really is more important to do something you love, trust me).
After finally becoming more settled in my life back home and actually starting to relax into the understanding that this was it now, I wasn’t going away again…my life took another turn!
I was offered a job working as a Manager of a safari lodge in Zambia!!!
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Now this opportunity was too good to turn down. I packed my gear and headed over to join the team at Robin Pope Safaris. It was amazing. I have never seen animals in the wild so close! Elephants, hippos, Giraffe, Wild Dogs and the list goes on.
Unfortunately I had to be air ambulanced to South Africa while I was (that’s a story for another time) and I missed out on a month’s work.
In November 2017 I jetted off to Thailand for 5 months and have just got home and once again I’m on the job hunt and optimistic about the future ahead.
Where ever my path may take me.