Giving Up Real Life To Travel The World
Hey! I’m Yvette Morrissey, a travel blogger living in Scotland.
Ever since my first trip overseas I have been obsessed with travel. There was something about walking down unfamiliar streets and taking in the new sights and sounds that drew me in. In 2010, I set myself a goal: that I would travel to at least one new country every year. For five years I achieved this, but I always had this niggle in the pit of my stomach: I didn’t want to spend a couple of weeks in a new country- I wanted to have this experience full time.
In 2016, I found myself single, broke, and exhausted from working full-time and running a business. So I made a decision. I sold my business, all my possessions and within three months I had shifted overseas. It was the best feeling in the world. In fact I felt so alive, so empowered, and so free that I started this blog to inspire and show women how to travel the world solo.
This isn’t just a travel blog: this is a website that inspires you to live your best life- your happiest life.
Since becoming a travel blogger I have learned a lot about how to make money online to fund my travels. I can work from anywhere as long as I have an internet connection, which is an incredibly freeing lifestyle!
Who I Was Before Travel
I grew up in rural New Zealand, living in the North Island until I was 24 before moving to Christchurch in the South Island. Living in the Lord Of The Rings country was incredible, and I will be blogging about my favourite things to do in New Zealand.
I had numerous jobs in New Zealand. I’ve worked as a hairdresser, retail store manager, a groom for an Olympic horse rider, a promo girl; I’ve worked on sheep stations, and for two years I was a travel agent. After brief love affairs with each of these jobs, I decided I needed a career, and I completed a Bachelor of Communications in Journalism Studies. Since graduating, I have worked for magazines, newspapers and online publications. I founded New Zealand’s first online equestrian magazine however I had to part with that beautiful creation in order to fulfill my dream of travelling the world.
I currently work as a Digital Marketing Manager for a tourism group in Scotland, and I freelance on the side- and yes, I get paid to travel!
Why I Decided to Travel Solo
Travelling the world by myself was a tough decision to make. I had always thought I would meet a guy and we would travel together, but that never happened. It was my very first solo trip that made me fall in love with solo travel.
I honestly believe that everyone should travel solo at least once in their lifetime- even if it’s just for one week. Travelling solo forces you to listen to that voice a lot of us are guilty of blocking out- your intuition. Travelling solo is like you are dating yourself- at first it’s scary, you get butterflies, and at the same time it’s exciting. Then all your insecurities come out, you screw up, you get angry with yourself, but through this you learn how to make yourself happy.
I am really not a fan of cliches so I won’t babble on about how travelling makes you discover yourself, or how it’s a metaphorical journey as well as a literal one- everyone knows this. But learning how to make yourself happy is kind of important, seeing as you can’t, you know, break up with yourself.
You can read the reasons why I’m travelling the world here.
My Travel Style & What You Can Expect From This Blog
My travel style is a little flippant- I tend to board a plane and show up at my destination with very little idea of what I’ll end up doing- but I like it that way.
I don’t do a whole lot of research when I’m travelling somewhere new. Instead I’ll talk to the locals when I arrive, or just wander the streets and stumble across incredible things. I like just showing up to a place and experiencing it through my own eyes. That’s not to say I don’t do any research- I do, but the thing is, I don’t want to do the holiday that everyone does so on this blog you will find a lot of insider tips, secret spots and off the beaten track stories (which usually begin with me getting drunk and agreeing to go on a random adventure).
I am also a budget traveller. I will happily stay in hostels or sleep on couches to save money to spend on amazing experiences. Occasionally I treat myself to a bit of luxury, however I feel like I appreciate it more due to my basic living style. I will only ever pay good money for an activity if I know it’s going to be an amazing experience.
Living in a Van in Canada
During the summer of 2017, I spent several months living in my van in Banff National Park.
You may be thinking: Why did you live in a van? Well, why not? Vanlife is becoming more and more popular. It allows travellers to save even more money to put towards their travels, it encourages a minimalist lifestyle and it teaches you to appreciate the small things in life (such as sleeping in a proper bed!). It also gives you the freedom to travel where ever you like.
Read more about my life living in a van in Canada here.
Hiking The Length of Scotland
In May 2018 I was the first solo female to complete Britain’s toughest hike: the Scottish National Trail.
The Scottish National Trail took me 7 weeks to complete, beginning in Kirk Yetholm by the English/Scottish border and finishing at Cape Wrath, the most north-western point of Scotland. I can only describe this as the adventure of a lifetime. It’s the most challenging thing I have ever done, and I started this adventure by being completely unprepared (as per usual) about what was ahead of me. Luckily, I learnt a LOT along the way, and I saw some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes in the Scottish lowlands and highlands.
I am in the process of writing a book about my adventure which includes getting lost in the highlands, snakes, cute Scottish guys, getting caught in a storm and a heatwave (Scottish weather likes to be consistent!) and discovering the secret to inner strength.
I have also written a comprehensive guide on hiking the Scottish National Trail in case you would like to try it yourself!
2019 is going to be another year of adventure for me.
I now live in Edinburgh, which is a fantastic base for travel around the United Kingdom and Europe. I’ve always been drawn to Scotland- it is where my ancestors immigrated to New Zealand from, and I’ve had a lot of fun visiting the areas they lived here.
I’ve always been fascinated by Scotland’s history, particularly the First War of Scottish Independence when I found out that King Robert the Bruce was my great, great (and so on) grandfather.
In 2019 there will be a lot more Scotland travel in my plans, as well as promoting some fantastic tourism brands [want to work with me? Get in touch!]
You can read about the rest of my travel plans for 2019 here.
Well, I hope you enjoy my blog!
Who is Wayfaring Kiwi?
Kia ora, I'm Yvette and I'm a 29-year old Kiwi (slang for New Zealander). I have been lucky enough to live in the three most beautiful countries in the world: New Zealand, Canada, and now, Scotland.
I am an expert when it comes to travel, combining my experience as a travel agent to source the cheapest flights, accommodation and tours.
Follow me on my epic adventures around the world!