The travel blog for people who want to make the most of their annual leave, weekends, money and friends, by exploring the world – and a festival or two. I give practical and easy to follow advice on how you can recreate my adventures to suit your budget
I’m your friend. I want you to have the best travel experiences possible. And I want to show you that it can be done on a budget, on your own, with friends, and with a bit of money to splash. The world is an incredible place, and I want to help you on your journey to enjoy where you go.
I’m Vicky, a travel writer and adventurer, and the creator of vickyflipfloptravels.com. I’m a trained journalist, have been to over 75 countries, and have worked with some of the biggest travel brands in the world. I’ve been doing this for over ten years now and have seen a lot change in the industry – what hasn’t changed though, is my love and passion for travel and blogging.
I’ve spoken on panels at huge trade fairs, festivals and universities. I’m often citied as one of the UK’s top travel bloggers, and according to the science I’m the 76th best blogger in the world (5th in England).
I haven’t always travelled though…
I grew up in a beautiful village in the middle of England 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 Ozzies that did it to me!
I became friends with Ozzie Jules) and Irish 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 then boyfriend, a tour of Morocco, a safari through the Serengeti, skiing in Canada and a few weekend jaunts here and there.
All this was 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 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!
How I’ve Afforded All My Travels, in Short
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Me as a travel blogger
Since setting up my travel blog, in February 2012, I’ve travelled all over the world. I’ve been on over 50 press trips and had some of the most incredible money can’t buy experiences. Seriously, could you say no to these epic opportunities?
I know though, that press trips aren’t really the most natural way to travel, nor do they necessarily bring back the most adventurous stories. This is why I’ve combined my penchant for a press trip with some amazing independent travel over the years.
I lived as a digital nomad for years, I travelled central America solo, spent five weeks in wintry Japan, ventured through Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi with my good friend Helen, travelled Nepal, cycled from north to south in Vietnam, went on a music odyssey through the USA and dipped into Europe more times than I can count.
Future plans include travelling South America, as I’ve still NEVER been. And I also want to see more of the Middle East, and the wonderful islands of Europe too. Honestly, so many places I want to go.
My ‘to-see list’ is just never ending.
What it’s NOT
- Just another solo female traveller blog – I’d rather travel with friends, but I won’t let being a female be an obstacle or issue if I have to go it alone. In fact, I travelled the world solo for three years, and plan to travel solo at least once a year for as long as I live.
- A revelation in how you can give up your life and travel nonstop forever and ever – I don’t want to do that either, but it suits me for now. I see this all over Instagram, ‘give up your travel, travel, be better than everyone else’ – that kinda vibe. That’s just not me. You do you.
- 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 weekend 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.
Listen to my podcast
So She Travels
In February 2019 I started the So She Travels podcast. The whole point is to chat with female travellers of today and find out how they’ve managed to make travel such a big part of their lives.
Have a listen and you can expect advice on travelling with children, on a budget, in a relationship and a whole host of other issues that might stop some women from achieving their travel dreams.
Find out more about the So She Travels podcast here.
Subscribe to So She Travels on Spotify / iTunes
My favourite posts
- An Awesome Two-Week Itinerary for Vietnam
- What is Cuba Really Like? Busting the Tourist Myth
- What Vietnam Was Like, For Me
- Thinking About Starting a Travel Blog? Go For It!
- How to Get an Awesome Social Media Job in Travel
- My Friend is Not a Sex Tourist
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 always give you my honest review.
- 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.
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Sunday 23rd of October 2022
Hi Vicky Flip Flop. Would love to get you to stay at our place in Paradise at MM 92.5 in the Florida Keys in Tavernier. Just get in touch with me. Keys Life Ocean Pointe is a great place. Give us a try on your next drive by.
Monday 24th of May 2021
Hi Vicky! I enjoyed reading your About page along with several of your posts. It speaks volumes about your interests. My name is Rocky and I blog over at The Rocky Safari www.therockysafari.com if interested. I am also a solo traveler, writer, and adventurer as well. It certainly appears as though we have a lot in common based on the things you've shared here. It's great to connect with a fellow blogger! :)
Tuesday 26th of November 2019
Hi Vicki myself and my husband plane to travel Europe next year in a motor home starting in france.any advise would be helpfull .many thanks Mrs dart
Friday 6th of December 2019
Hi Joanne, oo sounds fab! I have a blog post about this here: https://vickyflipfloptravels.com/exploring-france-with-a-motorhome/
I hope that helps, and I hope you have an amazing time. We rented a campervan this year and it was a brilliant weekend.
Friday 7th of December 2018
Glad I have discovered your fabulous and amazing blog, Vicky! I will absolutely to your newsletter. Will be looking around your blog for now and read some good quality articles you've posted in the past!
Friday 7th of December 2018
Great news, thanks Zane! Hope you enjoy following along with the adventure!
Monday 24th of September 2018
Your post is very helpful. Thank you for sharing these tips.