Budding full-time traveler, freelance journalist, chronic illness supporter and owner and author of Travel Asia Together.

After graduating with my journalism degree last year, I went straight into my first real 9-5 job role as a local news reporter.

Very quickly into starting my job, two weeks before my 21st birthday, I was rushed to hospital where after four days of agony I was diagnosed with endometriosis.

After returning back to work, juggling hospital and doctors appointments became harder. I struggled to settle with the idea that even though I loved my job, I felt like I wasn’t living my life on my own terms.

So, after a lot of going backwards and forwards.

I finally handed in my notice, applied for a part-time job to pay the bills and took the plunge to start Travel Asia Together. Its always been my dream to travel and inspire others to do the same, so let’s do this!

Why I Blog

✈️ I want to bring you all along with me as I plan my travels all around the world, starting off in Asia!

✈️ I also want to encourage other people to take that plunge, if you’re not ready to settle in one place – don’t feel like you need to!

I’m not a millionaire, but through travel hacks and saving tips, I want to show you how I’m going to travel the world and how you can too.

My Travels: 10 Countries, Two Years

During the covid-19 pandemic, where it was made impossible to leave your home let alone the country. An 18-year-old Sophie made the plan that I was going to travel the world in my early 20’s.

Venturing across more than 10 countries, from white beaches to iconic landmarks – it took me a lot of research and time to create a list of all the most beautiful places outside of Europe I want to explore.

Here is a list of all the islands I will be travelling over the next two years:

South East Asia

  1. Thailand – Bangkok, Phuket, Khao Yai National Park, Pai, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai, Ko Pha-Ngan and Khao Sok National Park.
  2. Indonesia – Bali, Sumatra
  3. Laos – Vientiane, Thakhek, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Huay Xai.
  4. Vietnam – Ha Long Bay, Detian Waterfall, Ha Giang, Da Nang, Phu Quoc Island, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and Nha Trang.
  5. Singapore – Changhi
  6. Phillipines – Western Visayas, Pangasinan, Central Luzon and Bicol.

East Asia

  1. China – Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tibet, Kanas in North Xinjiang, Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City.
  2. Hong Kong – Victoria Peak, Hong Kong Skyline, Tian Tan Buddha and Dragons Bike Hike.
  3. Japan – Mt Fuji in Yamanashi, Tokyo, Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine and Nachi Falls.
  4. Mongolia – Ejina Desert Polar Forest and South Gobi.

Australia/ South Pacific

  1. Australia – Whitsundays Island, Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Bondi Beach, Tasmania, Queensland and finally Rottness Island (to see the Quokkas!!)
  2. New Zealand (Aotearoa) – Auckland, Cambridge, Queenstown and Christchurch.
  3. Fiji
  4. French Polynesia – Bora Bora

Make sure you stick around as I gradually tick all these places off my list and write blog posts ahead of my travels!

Sophie x