The Travel Blogging Update – 8

It’s that time of year again where lots of things are happening at RunawayJane.com, so I thought it would be a good chance to give you guys a little update, let you know whats being going on in my recent travels, and anything related to the site.

7 Months in Europe

Since January I have spent 7 months of the last 9 (I came home for a visit in the middle) travelling Europe. The most exciting part about this was that all of my travels in Europe were completely funded by money made from this blog! When I started Runaway Jane, being able to fund my travels completely from my blogging earnings was something I could only dream of, but now with that being a reality, for me it really is just mind blowing. Especially seeing as Europe can be one of the most expensive continents to travel.

Countries I visited in this time (although not in this order) are; France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxembourg, Ireland, and also a little venture up to the North of Scotland in the middle to see a bit of my home country for a change.

I arrived back home around 2 weeks ago, having spent the latter part of the trip mostly based in Seville and the Andalucia region of Spain trying to learn a bit of Spanish. On my first day back I was greeted with torrential rain and gale force winds, which after spending most of the summer in Western Europe’s hottest city (little general knowledge fact for ya there about Seville!) It did make me chuckle a bit as I got blown away and soaked to the skin. Although thankfully this week the weather has picked up quite a bit!

So where to now?

I’m spending the next month back home in Scotland catching up on a lot of work, spending quality time with my family, and just generally chilling whilst trying to spend as little money as possible! However, even being at home doesn’t mean I won’t be travelling in some sort of capacity. Haggis Adventures have kindly offered me a 5 day tour up to the Scottish Highlands, taking in such destinations as the Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, and Glen Coe amongst others. I will depart on 17th October and will be blogging as I go, so be sure to check back then or subcribe to the RSS feed so as not to miss out on any of that. I’ll also be popping over to Ireland at somepoint to visit a friend so expect some Ireland related posts soon too.

In November I plan to set off again somewhere. However, as to exactly where I am not entirely sure yet. I would like to go back to Seville at somepoint and visit my friends there, and also see a bit of Morocco, but other than that my travels potentially could venture anywhere from Eastern Europe or South America. I really have no idea. Anyone who reads this blog will know how I like to keep things very open. It’s the reason I work independently, rather than being employed by a paricular travel company. However, one thing is for sure, in November I will be departing once again!

Meeting other bloggers

In recent days, weeks, and months, I have been really fortunate to meet up with a lot of bloggers and travel industry professionals, putting a face to the name of many people I have conversed with so much online over the past 18 months since starting this blog, yet never actually met until now. These included meeting the uber cool and laid back Chris from AussieNomad.com while I was in Seville, the super friendly Kash of BudgetTraveller.com, and the lovely Sofia from AsWeTravel.com. The latter two of whom I met at the 4th Edinburgh Travel Tweetup on 29th September.

The travel blogging community is actually not that large. You get to know people online very quickly through twitter, and sharing each others content, so it’s always nice to be able to put a twitter profile pic to a name! 😛

– So as for right now, I am rattling down my list of where to go next, hanging with folks back home, and slowly but surely going through my list of things I need to do for this blog! I look forward to the next updates post, and sharing my latest goings on with you again sometime.

 

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