Hi, I’m Meg (Megan Jones) a.k.a the actual human being behind Traveller’s Elixir.
In a nutshell, I’m a twenty-something travel blogger who visits places and writes about it. That’s kinda it.
(and yes Grandma if you’re reading, it is a real job!!!)
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Who Am I?
I’m a British girl that grew up in the English countryside but I always had my sights set much higher (yep, as I kid I wanted to be the Queen of England so I had to lower my expectations a bit).
As I got older, I found that alllllll I wanted to do was travel and see as much of the world as possible.
So at age 20, I went solo traveling to India for 3 weeks. Crazy, right?! Yeah, well that’s what everyone else thought too.
I absolutely loved it. I spent 3 weeks riding on the back of tuk tuks, staying out way too late, climbing over fences, traveling for 12+ hours on a sleeper bus, almost losing all of my possessions and riding on the back of a motorbike through New Delhi.
Yep, I did all of that (and more) in just 3 weeks. Coming back to the UK after that just felt so boring.
I wanted to be back in India, running around town late at night, having monkeys steal my earrings and posing for selfies with people who thought I was Taylor Swift (true story) but I had a bachelors degree to complete.
After graduating from university, the first thing I did was book a ticket to Southeast Asia and I spent a few weeks backpacking around Thailand, Malaysia and Hong Kong with my boyfriend.
But that wasn’t enough.
I craved more. I wanted to see and do more. A couple weeks of travel each year just wasn’t going to cut it for me but now with a full-time office job at home, I had no choice.
I knew that there must be more to life. It can’t just be work, sleep, eat, repeat. I began to hate my job and my life. I just wanted to travel.
So I started Traveller’s Elixir. Yup, it was initially borne out of the hatred I had for my job and my desperation for a new way of living.
I started writing about places that I’d been and sharing my tips online to help others who were planning similar trips. And luckily, people liked it so I kept doing it.
Eventually I took a huge leap of faith and quit my job. Everyone thought that I was crazy but I just thought that they were crazy.
I believed in this website and, even though I wasn’t really making much money back then (lol, literally a couple hundred dollars a month), I quit my job and never looked back.
So I started traveling more and more and then I did something really crazy.
I moved to Tbilisi, Georgia. Yep, that ex-Soviet country in the Caucasus mountains? I moved there…and I loved it.
Tbilisi was completely different to anywhere I’d ever been. It was half-European and half-Asian. It was mountainous and hilly, the food was so unique (ever heard of an Adjarian Khachapuri?) and the wine was ridiculously cheap and super delicious.
I spent most nights out on my balcony, drinking Georgian wine, gazing at the mesmerizing mountainous views and wondering what everyone else was doing back home.
After 3 months in Georgia being constantly mistaken for a Russian, it was time to move on.
Next, I headed over to Thailand where I stayed for the next 3 months. I spent 2 months living in Bangkok and then I traveled over to the gorgeous island of Koh Samui where I lived for another month.
Thailand was another adventure. Bangkok made the tiny little English town that I grew up in look like a grain of sand in the Sahara Desert.
There was so much going on and I couldn’t get enough. I spent most of my days hopping aboard the BTS (the metro system, not the hugely successful Korean pop band), venturing around town trying to see as much as I could.
Whilst I was there I climbed the tallest building in Thailand, ate at local Thai restaurants where they didn’t speak any English and walked around late at night just to see the city lights.
My thirst for travel wasn’t over though as, after returning to the UK, I still felt like I needed to see more so I booked a ticket to Portugal where I spent another 2 months exploring Portuguese towns and eating way too many pastel de natas.
I can’t really explain why I love to travel so much. Maybe it’s because I grew up in a small town which made me want to see more of the world or maybe I’m the reincarnation of some famous explorer like Christopher Columbus (lol, I hope not).
Whatever the reason, I’m thankful for it. My lust for travel has opened up an entire new world for me, literally.
I can guarantee that I’ll still be traveling and seeing new places even when I’m 85 (hopefully by then I’ll have a private jet and I won’t have to sit next to a screaming baby).
And I’ll still be updating this website with all of my best travel tips so that you can experience these amazing adventures with me (unless I’ve sold it for millions by then, I’m not making any promises).
So who am I? Well, I’m an adventurer, an explorer (not the dodgy kind) and a travel blogger who hopes to inspire others to make the most out of the time we have.
At the end of the day, I travel so much because I don’t want to waste my time on this earth. It kinda sounds a bit cringey I know but I want to look back on my life when I’m old and wrinkly and say that I did it all and have no regrets.
I don’t want to look back and think of all the late nights at the office, the 50 years of Monday to Friday, 9 to 5. What’s the point of that?
If I’ve inspired you in any way through this website to do the same then that’s awesome!
There’s still soooooooo much of the world that I haven’t seen yet and I intend to see as much of it as possible.
How about you?
By the way…if you ever need to contact me (for whatever reason) then email me at [email protected].