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First of all, welcome to The Well-Travelled Postcard! Thank you for stumbling upon this travel blog of mine and I’d like to give you a few clues so you can find exactly what you’ll enjoy reading most and so you can get the most out of my blog!

Who writes The Well-Travelled Postcard?

The chances are that if you’re new here then you’ll be wondering who’s behind this blog and who’s writing all these blog posts. That person is me, Virginia Stuart-Taylor. I’m 27-years-old, British born-and-bred and I’ve long had a penchant for foreign cultures, languages, international travel and new experiences. I started this blog back in summer 2012 after graduating from the University of Exeter and just before moving to the bright lights of London, and you can find out more about me and my own travel preferences below and on my About page. To find out which countries I’ve travelled to check out my post ‘How Well Travelled Are You?‘ and if you’re interested in this whole travel blogging scene then read ‘A Peek into the World of Travel Blogging‘. There’s also a list of projects, companies and tourist boards that I’ve worked with over the last few years on my PR & Contact page. I also now give Training, Talks and Consultancy on a variety of blog-related and other topics. And if you’re realllllly interested in finding out who I am in glorious technicolour motion picture, then there are a couple of videos for you to browse too.

Of course you can say hi on all the normal social networks: find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and even YouTube. And make sure you pop your email address into the box below or on the right-hand-side to subscribe and receive all my new blog posts straight into your inbox.

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If you work full-time, you might be wondering… How did she manage to travel so much while working?

I spent three years as a young professional living and working a full-time job in London, so I’ve blogged a lot about weekend escapes, how to maximise precious annual leave allowances and how to ask for a sabbatical from your job, after I took 6 months off work. If you also fit this bill and are curious as to how you can travel more while holding down a career then you might be interested in these blog posts:

Camels in the Sahara near Merzouga

 

If you’re planning a Gap Year or extended trip around the world, you might be wondering… Where did she travel on her Gap Year?

The UK has a fantastic tradition of allowing young 18-year-olds to take a Gap Year in between secondary school and university, and I grabbed this opportunity with both hands, managing to spend 10 months abroad in total. 5 months of that were spent working in ski resorts (Portillo in Chile and Courmayeur in Italy) and 5 months spend backpacking (Cuba for 1 month and China and Southeast Asia for 4 months).

 

If you’re bemused as to why I love travel so much, you might be wondering… What inspires and motivates her to travel?

I picked up a penchant for travelling as a teenager when our family holidays started venturing further afield than our little wooden bungalow in the south-west of France. I’ve always felt most alive when in a new or foreign place, but I’ve also been influenced by other people who’ve passed on the travel bug to me too!

Mother and daughter

If you’re keen to try living, working or studying abroad, you might be wondering… How come she’s lived abroad in Chile, Italy, Spain, Nepal and the Netherlands?

I do realise that I’ve been lucky to live outside of the UK on 8 occasions, a total of 32 months in total. I’ve worked in a Chilean ski resort. I’ve worked in Italy as a chalet girl in the Alps, as an au pair near Rome and as an intern at Giorgio Armani in Modena. I’ve also lived in Spain, studying at university in Córdoba while teaching English part-time, and I’ve spent 6 months working in Madrid for a large tech company. Branching out to Asia I’ve spent 4 months living in rural Nepal while volunteering, and I’ve spent 4 months so far in the Netherlands studying for a Master’s degree. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to live overseas then check out the following blog posts:

Work Abroad

If you’re keen on giving back to society, you might be wondering… What volunteering has she done and what causes does she support?

Aware of the immense privilege I have to travel freely around the world, I’ve developed a conscience over the last few years as I’ve visited developing countries and seen terrible poverty and inequalities, I support a number of causes, whether that be through attending two One Young World summits to discuss global issues, or becoming a Digital Ambassador for the children’s charity Plan UK, or volunteering in Nepal after the 2015 earthquake. Learn more in these blog posts:

 

If you’d like to learn another language, you might be wondering… How come she speaks lots of different languages?

At the age of 16 I figured out that I was rather good at learning languages and what began with just French in primary school grew and grew. At some point or another I have studied (beginning in this order) French, Spanish, Latin, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Dutch, and even one class of Turkish! If you’re a keen linguist or have a goal to reach conversational level in a foreign language, then check out the followings posts:

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If you’re a current/prospective languages student, you might be wondering… What did she do on her Third Year Abroad? What tips does she have for a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages?

From 2008-2012 I studied Modern Languages at the University of Exeter in beautiful Devon, in the south-west of England. However a languages degree is no ordinary 3-year course as I had the chance to study and work abroad during my Third Year Abroad, firstly studying and teaching English in Córdoba (Spain) and then working as an intern at Giorgio Armani in Modena (Italy). If you’re a languages student then I’ve written a fair bit about the options for your Third Year Abroad, about my own experiences abroad as an Erasmus, and about how to achieve a much-coveted First Class Degree in languages:

If you’re interested in a Master’s degree, you might be wondering… Why and where is she studying abroad? What does her degree involve?

After 4 years out of academia, in September 2016 I returned to university to start a 2-year Master’s degree in European Society, Politics and Culture in a Global Context. Obviously I wanted to explore new countries while studying, I chose an Erasmus Mundus degree which allows me to spend my 1st semester in Groningen (the Netherlands) and my 2nd in Uppsala (Sweden), with the 3rd and 4th semesters still to be decided. Find out more about it here:

Groningen University Academy Building

 

If you’re into tech, you might be wondering… What gadgets and tech does she use when she’s travelling?

I worked for 4 years in the tech industry and I love a new toy as much as the next person, and tech/apps/gadgets are pretty brilliant. Travel has changed fundamentally since the introduction of the internet, and I’ve had fun reviewing gadgets like Google Glass and fitness bands. Find our more in these blog posts:

Travel blogging & Blog Hop

If you’re a sporty type, you might be wondering… Aside from travelling, what other activities does she like doing?

I’m from a pretty active family and a lazy beach-side holiday with a book just isn’t my idea of a great time. (It’s okay in small doses, but I get restless!) I’m a big fan of skiing, sailing, scuba-diving and other sports like tennis and horse-riding, all of which can be done on holiday. My latest sport is running, so if you’re wondering what a ‘marathon tourist’ is or imagine yourself skippering a yacht around the Mediterranean, then these blog posts might be up your street:

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If you’re keen on art, literature and culture, you might be wondering… What does she know about other cultures, foreign literature and art?

A languages degree doesn’t solely focus on grammar and linguistics – a large part of it is dedicated to understanding the history, culture, arts and politics of the countries too. As such, I love learning about the history, culture and cuisine of a place through walking tours, so I’ve got several to recommend! In many of the countries I’ve also visited I’ve picked up paintings (not the typical tourist scenes, mind you) and have blogged about this gallery of paintings hanging on my walls. If you’re into culture then take a look at these:

What's on my bookshelf

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Hopefully that’s enough to get you started and help you get the most out of this travel blog, The Well-Travelled Postcard! If you’re new to the blog and want to find out more and keep in touch, you can subscribe to my blog by typing your email address into the box to the right, and also follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and YouTube.

If you’ve got any other questions then do please comment below as I’d love to hear what you’re interested in reading about! If you’re a seasoned reader of the The Well-Travelled Postcard, then which are your favourite blog posts? What sort of post do you enjoy most?

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8 Comments »

  1. Your blog is beautifully organized and full of useful information. Reading your blog for just a few minutes before I begin work ( I teach 2nd and 3rd grade Spanish in the US) has inspired and motivated me for my future travels and to continue my language learning!

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    • Thank you so much Sophie, that’s such a lovely thing to hear! Definitely keep on with the language learning, I’m a huge advocate of languages. And good luck with the future travels, do you have anywhere in particular in mind?

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  2. It is wonderful how many places you’ve seen and how many thing you’ve tried! I’m moving in a couple of weeks for the first time and my destination is Prague. Hope I have a great time just like you there and see a lot of things. Greetings

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