Matt and me at 4It’s my birthday!

Well, my blog birthday. So in true celebratory style I thought it would be fun to get drunk and confess my deepest darkest secrets, ‘cept I’m not drunk, I’m on my way to Munich for an incredible skiing trip, and they’re definitely not my darkest ones, because of point 9 below.

Waaaait.

Four years old today, hey?

Who woulda thought that when I registered vickyflipfloptravels.com back in 2012, after agonising over and subsequently making the wrong choice over including the ‘travels’ bit, I’d be here, with my blog providing an awesome way to make a pound or two a week? More importantly than that providing the freedom to meet the people I have, see the world like I have, and see more of my family than I did before.

Safe to say I love blogging and couldn’t have imagined the way it’s changed my life.

There are a few things though, that a life of non stop blogging and travel, mixed with a few of my personality foibles, I feel I’ve missed out on. A few points that seem to have fallen by the wayside in favour of late night WordPress sessions, a few aspects I seem to be able to indulge as a freelancer, and a few things I’m just not that proud of but I thought I’d share.

Four years of travel blogging life in random confessions

Happy Birthday to me

1. I haven’t cleaned a house for almost two years, not even close, not even vacuumed, or made a bed.

2. Apart from fajitas or stir fries I’ve barely cooked in that time either. If I think about it real hard all I can recall is a sausage and gnocchi pasta mix I made for my friends who let me stay, and a paella for my family the night before my brother moved to Spain. Oh and Christmas dinner, for four, but that’s it. There was the sausage rolls I made for my friend Jen’s picnic birthday just before I left to go travelling. I ended up setting fire to the kitchen in my shared house, my housemate had to put it out and I had to pay for a new fire blanket and oven gloves before I left.

3. I still have to look up where Russia is every time – Asia or Europe, bit of both? And it’s listed wrongly on my blog.

4. I go to McDonalds in foreign countries AND I ENJOY IT.

Photo from Middelfart

5. I still can’t spell Mississippi – thank you Word auto correct. I didn’t manage to get that off my weekly spellings list for the whole of year 5 and am taken back to my teacher’s disapproving face every time I hear anyone saying it. That woman was mean.

6. On that, I hope past teachers can see that I fly around the world and write about it – screw their detentions, report cards and tellings off. There’s not only one way to do things.

7. I always forget to check in online, and often get confused what I’m meant to be doing or where I’m meant to be going at the airport.

8. I’m actually pretty lazy which has led to me being incredibly efficient.

I'm a guitarist

9. I still worry about my parents, and their friends, reading too much about me online.

10. Sometimes I’m that mardy bitch in the hostel that clearly doesn’t want to talk to anyone and boxes herself off in the corner.

11. I’d much rather travel with someone than alone, as long as I get a bit of laptop time along the way.

12. I’ll never go back to Naples. Or Russia.

Beers for four years

13. I still don’t know the different between Great Britain, the United Kingdom and the British Isles, no matter how many times I Google it, it doesn’t seem to stick in my mind.

14. In the last six months I’ve been to the wrong hotel with the same name in the same city THREE TIMES. God it’s annoying. Must. Check. Addresses.

15. I listen to Toto, Africa, at least once a week.

16. I still ridiculously overpack and hate myself every time I try to squash all the clothes I haven’t worn in on the way home.

Paddleboarding

17. I’ve smuggled water through security a few times, just for the thrill because the ban is dumb.

18. I’d rather buy food out than have to clear up after myself.

19. I don’t know what most make up is or does and get scared when I go in a shop and an assistant asks if I want any help. I usually end up just backing away and then walking out.

20. My mind is usually all over the place and I lose stuff and forget stuff an embarrassing amount of times.

21. When my friends talk about driving, or happen to mention they have a dishwasher or similar kitchen appliance, or maybe even ask each other for a recipe, I feel like they sound really grown up.
We’re all all late 20s / early 30s now – need to accept it’s probably normal.

Cuba with mum

22. Writing keeps me sane and I have 10s of posts I’ve never published, which are generally rants or stories I’m too shy to tell you about.

23. If I don’t get to go on my laptop within a 36-hour time frame I start to get very tetchy and really quite angry.

24. I’ve lost / had stolen / broken four iPhones. In the last two years.

25. I’m pretty sure I’ve got RSI in my thumb from my new iPhone 6.

26. I’m more than happy to stay in my pyjamas all day when I’m at my parents house, even when their friends come round. My friend recently told me this is feral and I need to sort myself out.

Me in four years

27. Had to look up what an egg was on Friday, as in, can it be a chicken or is just an egg? None of my friends knew either. It took us a long time to work out it’s pretty much a chicken period and could never be an actual chicken. Sure the people on the next table in Wahaca loved listening in.

28. I take pretty much all my photos on my iPhone 6 since I’ve got it – apparently this is not what professional travel bloggers are meant to do. Goal for February is to use my Olympus PEN at every opportunity.

29. This one time, some travel blogger friends and I were really drunk and wanted to get into Guanabara Brazilian Club in Holborn and pulled the ‘don’t you know who we are?’ card.

They didn’t, obviously.

Fire and Hogmanay

Hope you’ve enjoyed learning a bit more about me. I’m definitely ashamed of some of these, but c’est la vie. Can’t all be perfect.

Thanks so much for supporting my work by reading my blog over the last four years. If you have any suggestions for improvements, or there’s any posts or subjects you particularly like, let me know in the comments below!

Have a great week 🙂

xx

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