29 Confessions of a 4-Year-Strong Travel Blogger

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.


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.


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 🙂


(Click to see what vickyflipfloptravels.com used to look like, in the olden days)


  1. Haha! Ive done the water thing, wrong hotel.. And still get nervous in an airport! So pleased to see im not alone! Happy Birthday! Your blog inspired me & helped me to write my own!

  2. Loved this! I’m so proud of you VickyFlipflop…you’re an absolute inspiration. You are also hilarious…our year 5 school tutor was mean, but she’s only about 5ft, so you spell Mississippi how ever you like! She cant do no’in. Xxxxx

    1. It was the Waller, remember?! We got split up and you were in little Mrs Lieper’s and I wasn’t 🙁 I’ve never, to this day, got over it. Never will now. Thanks Kayte 🙂 xxxx

  3. I’m totally lazy and also mega efficient. I read somewhere that Bill Gates hires the laziest people he can find as they always firnd the easiest, and quickest solution to a problem. So if it’s good enough for him… 🙂

    1. Ha! We got very confused, especially as there’s usually someone in the group that knows these things, not ours! Glad we managed to work it out though, possibly with the help of Google.

  4. I can relate to a lot of this! On point 19, I just started a YouTube channel on this very subject called Not a Beauty Expert – would love it if you have time to check it out x

    1. Ooo I will. I just copy what vloggers use and run into the shop to grab it and out again. I worked at Boots for four years as well, I should know better!

  5. hahaha! This cracked me up. Love that I was one of the four times you have cooked in the last two years and as for number 29… I am pretty sure if we tried that again we would totes get in this time. We are like old grown up bloggers now, you’re 4, I’m nearly 5. Guanabara should have let us in when they could, it would defo cost them about £5000 now for us to make an appearance!!

    Happy Birthday xx

    1. Ha, we’ll go and try that next time. Nice appearance fee for us :). That was such a funny night 🙂 x

  6. Happy Blog birthday/ blogaversary!! You’re still my favourite bloggers as you just keep it so real and don’t rose coat shitty travel adventures. Thx

  7. You definitely folded up your duvet at mine on Sunday – that totally counts as making a bed 🙂 happy bloggaversary babes xxx

  8. Hey Vicky, I love it when you write about your personal feelings on self and experiences. I guess writing and blogging is much like singing/playing music. If you can put your own truthful emotion and passionate feeling into it, then it just seems to work. Even if your voice or instrument playing ability are limited, or even worse, you can’t spell MissesCipy!!!

    1. Ha, thanks Bob! Yes, I know the emotional ones are the best. Sometimes it can be hard to be so personal though, and to really put yourself into posts without being nervous of who’s reading it and how it will be interpreted. I don’t know how Adele and other great songwriters do it!

  9. I can’t believe you didn’t include that time you met that superstar Paul Daniels. I mean, what a HIGHLIGHT!?!?!?

    1. Oh that was a life highlight – the experience transcends anything that ever be written on this blog. Especially when you photographed Debbie McGee “in secret” and the photo snapped 🙂

  10. 1 – I love this post, you’re hilarious!

    2 – why do I look SO serious in the background of your torchlight selfie?!

    Oh, and I always have to check what continent Russia is on. And most other countries. I blame the three years of learning about volcanos in school “geography”.

  11. Hahaha this post is hilarious!
    29. sums up my life, my friends from home are already settled and I’m the one thinking during their conversations about new vacuum cleaners and kitchen appliances about which countries I should visit next and which ones would be good to live in 😀 😀

    1. Glad you agree Ola! There’s definitely a divide there between me and my friends, I have nothing to contribute when they start talking about such grown up activities 🙂

  12. Ah happy blog birthday to you! I absolutely love your blog and posts like this make it that much more fun. 🙂 I love wearing my pajamas when friends come over except I tend to sleep in underwear. So my boyfriend has to constantly tell me to go be an adult/human and wear real clothes. Whatever. Ha!

  13. Vicky, I love this list! Confessions are good to make, and I’m sure most of us can relate to a few on that list. Thanks for sharing and happy blog birthday!

    1. Ha, I’m glad you do too! Yeah my friend always thinks I’m a bit feral – staying in hostels, living the life I do, she loves me though. It’s all ok :).

  14. i love this point 4. I go to McDonalds in foreign countries AND I ENJOY IT. I don’t know why, but i never doubt to go to McDonalds and wondering is there any different with McDonalds in my country ? LOL. By the way happy birthday for your blog !

    1. I sort of feel like you get looked down on by other travellers for going to MaccyDs, and I never go in England. Been twice already in Thailand! Oops.

  15. How have I not read this before? Hilarious!!!Especially 29! 15 – I’m with you on that! But the egg thing – gross! 🙂


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