Who is this VickyFlipFlop?

The blog for people who want to make the most of their annual leave, weekends, money and friends, by exploring festivals and the world.

What it’s not

  • Just another solo female traveller blog – I’d much rather travel with friends, but I won’t let being a female be an obstacle or issue if I have to go it alone.
  • A revelation in how you can give up your life and travel nonstop forever – I don’t want to do that either. A year or two of travel will do me.
  • Sanctimonious – I don’t think I can save the world, nor sort out the world’s problems with just a trip to a country. I’d rather inspire you to do that while I learn from a destination, enjoy and move on.

On vickyflipfloptravels.com you’ll find me having fun on my adventures and reporting back in the hope of giving you the confidence and knowledge to do the same. From city breaks, to days out in London, to two-week itineraries for some of the most popular long-haul destinations, I’ll write about whatever takes my interest.

Sometimes I have a bit of money to splash, like on my Coachella road trip. Other times I’m on a strict budget, like when I spent two weeks in Vietnam on £300. What I always want to get out of my travels though, is value and experience.

More about me…

Hello… I’m Vicky, a 20something travel writer and adventurer, and the author of vickyflipfloptravels.com. To sum me up, I work full time, live in London and love going to festivals.

I grew up in a beautiful village in the midlands until moving out at 18. Before this I hadn’t been far, a few holidays in France and a school trip to Turkey about covers it. And although I dipped my toe in the water with a holiday to Greece with friends the summer before university it wasn’t until I worked on a kids camp in New York that I truly got bitten by the travel bug. It was those ruddy Ozzies that did it to me!

I became friends with an Ozzie (G’day Jules) and an Irish (Top o the morning Lisa) who I blame/thank for my itchy feet. There followed an 8-week tour round Australia meeting up with friends from camp, a second year at a camp in Connecticut, partying in Mexico, sunbathing in Portugal, teaching English in Madrid, Guinness in Dublin, 4 months around Europe with my boyfriend, a tour of Morocco, a safari through the Serengeti, skiing in Canada and a few weekend jaunts here and there…

All this has been done on a shoestring. 

Student loans and minimum wage jobs supported most of it, as well as my journalistic skills of course. I’ve worked on some top magazines (see my LinkedIn) before finding my calling as a travel writer. I’m currently loving my work as the Content and Social Media Manager at gapyear.com where I talk travel all day long.

I believe that with a bit of prioritising you can explore the world while holding down a full-time job, and without breaking the bank. I hope to inspire you to do the same!

You don’t have to choose between your career and your passport.

My favourite posts

Disclosure: we all agree a girl’s got to eat right?

Sometimes I’ll include paid articles on this site, just like a magazine has advertorials and adverts to support the cashflow, so do I.

  • If I feature a competition they’ll more than likely have paid me to write about it, but I do actually love competitions so chances are I love that one too.
  • If an article is a ‘guest post’ I will have been paid a sum to feature it. If I don’t earn money I don’t travel.
  • And, very occasionally I may review a product I’ve been given for free.
  • I do get discounts and free stays in hotels but I will try my damnedest to tell it like it is and I’ll always tell you.
  • Any links to Amazon are affiliate links and I’ll get a teeny tiny commission, don’t let it bother you.

If you’re worried about this at all just send me an email and I’ll explain.

10 Comments

  1. by Seana Smith on October 17, 2012  10:22 pm Reply

    Hi Vicky, lovely to meet you via Annabel's blog. Just wanted to say that it was Aussies who also gave me a travel bug. When I was at uni and in a year off in Europe before I met loads of them and of all the nationalities the Aussies were the most fun. Anyway, I came to Sydney 25 years ago and found out the whole country is full of funny people. After coming and going and living here and there I am now settled with my family here in Sydney. Too settled, still have itchy feet but maternal duties call loudest for the moment. Off to look around your blog. Good to meet you.

    • by Vicky on October 18, 2012  9:58 pm Reply

      Wow, amazing that you stayed so long! Yeah, Aussies have the travel bug real bad. I hate to think what my life could've been like if I'd never met Jules. She definitely inspired me to think wider. Love the Aussies!

  2. by Red Nomad OZ on October 18, 2012  9:02 am Reply

    AMAZING ... for once us Aussies are getting a good rap somewhere!!! SO agree with your philosophy - too many people are waiting for retirement; or make travel their only priority. Then there's the ones who won't go without 5 star treatment! It can be a bit daunting AND make for dull reading when that's not what you want for yourself!!

    Look forward to reading more!!

    • by Vicky on October 18, 2012  9:57 pm Reply

      A little bit of everything does you good :) I enjoy my work, but I like to holiday as much as possible too. You definitely don't have to choose one over the other.

  3. by dona on May 13, 2013  5:16 pm Reply

    Hi,

    I have read an article on dailymail inspired by your blog....50 breakfasts from around the globe.
    Have you visited lebanon? The food here is to do for..you must come :)
    By the way, really enjoyed reading your blog!

    • by Vicky on May 13, 2013  6:28 pm Reply

      Aw, thank you Dona! No I haven't yet. The closest I've been is a few Lebanese restaurants in London – which have been incredible! Glad to hear you're enjoying my work :)

  4. by Charlotte on May 13, 2013  10:11 pm Reply

    Hi Vicky, I've just read about your blog in the Daily Mail, I love the breakfasts you have posted, really fascinating :-)

    • by Vicky on May 13, 2013  10:36 pm Reply

      Aw, thank you! The difference is amazing isn't it?!

  5. by Judy Turu on October 1, 2014  10:03 pm Reply

    Hey Vicky, this is the first travel blog I've read that doesn't make me feel like with a full time job I can't travel much. I was bitten by the travel blog a long time ago but was too afraid to pursue it. Being East African (travelling for fun is uncommon) didn't help the matter but now despite loving my job, I live to explore more of this globe :-).
    Just came from Capebtown and I can't wait to leave for another destination as soon as possible!

    Thank you for the inspiration

    • by Judy Turu on October 1, 2014  10:05 pm Reply

      *Cape town, lol

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