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Virginia Stuart-TaylorAbout me

Virginia Stuart-Taylor, aged 29

61 countries visited      

From: Hampshire, UK           

Currently living in: London, UK

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School & Gap Year: I grew up on the south coast of England in the idyllic counties of Hampshire and West Sussex, and aside from holidays with family and school, I spent a whole 18 years there. Then, before I started university, I took a Gap Year and had an incredible 10 months abroad, backpacking around Cuba, China and South-East Asia and fitting in two ski seasons in Chile and Italy.

University: I returned to the UK to study Modern Languages (Spanish, Italian and Portuguese) at the University of Exeter and I had the fantastic, and hugely recommended, opportunity to do a Third Year Abroad. This took me to Córdoba in Spain for 6 months, and to Modena in Italy for 6 months.

Post-university Graduate Scheme: Having finished university, I then did a two-year graduate scheme at one of the largest tech companies in Europe, which allowed me to travel to the Czech Republic, Ireland, Spain, Germany and South Africa for work, and involved a 6-month placement working in the headquarters in Madrid.

Sabbatical: In August 2014 I then returned to London for just over a year, before beginning a 6-month sabbatical from work in November 2015 to travel around Europe and Sri Lanka, study in Germany and Russia, and volunteer in Nepal.

Master’s Degree: In September 2016 I then left London again and moved to the Netherlands to begin a double Master’s degree in European Society, Politics and Culture, under the EU’s Erasmus Mundus scheme. I spent my 1st semester in the beautiful Dutch city of Groningen, before moving to Uppsala in Sweden for my 2nd semester. You can read about my academic work and research over at The Well-Travelled Journal, a hub for my academic articles that look behind the scenes of the world we love to travel, and critically analyse the societies, politics and cultures that make up our world.

Graduate Scheme no.2: After a year of my Master’s I returned to London in October 2017 to start a second grad scheme, the Civil Service Fast Stream, working in an internationally-focused role in the UK government.

50 Countries and Counting: I set myself the challenge of visiting 50 countries before my 30th birthday, which I happily achieved (aged 27) in August 2016 by moving to the Netherlands! Here’s a full map of all the 57 countries I’ve visited so far. Needless to say, I’ve caught the travel bug.

Good Deeds through Travel: The ability to travel is a beautiful gift, but it has also opened my eyes to the harsh realities of this world, to the many wrongs and injustices suffered by millions, which I can’t simply ignore and walk away. So I’ve become an Ambassador for two great organisations: the global children’s charity Plan UK and the global summit One Young World.

Next on my wish-list: Lofoten Islands (Norway), Aeolian Islands (Sicily), Brazil, Argentina, Madagascar, Ibiza, New Zealand

Favourite spots to relax: Capri (Italy), the Four Thousand Islands (Laos), Hurghada (Egypt), Siargao (The Philippines), Bali (Indonesia), Hikkaduwa (Sri Lanka), Greek Islands

Favourite cities: Rome, Madrid, Hong Kong, London

Languages I speak: English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, intermediate French, basic Russian, beginner’s Dutch and beginner’s Swedish

About the blog

This blog is for anyone with a passion for travelling or living abroad! Through this blog I want to inspire others to get out and explore the world, by imparting some of the things I’ve learnt along the way about travelling, studying, working and (most of all) living abroad. I also want to write about and share some of the amazing places I’ve encountered along the way.  Take a look at my interview with LastMinute.com, my interview with Travel Buzz, my interview with A Lady Away, my interview with Jen Lowthrop, my interview with Up and Go Girlsmy interview with The Cafe Cat and my interview with the Euroculture Master’s to find out more about being a travel blogger.

I blog about: A whole host of destinations. Experiences / courses / festivals / jobs abroad. The essentials for moving abroad. Postcards discovered on my travels. And whatever else catches my imagination.

There are two main items I absolutely have to pick up on my travels, the first item being a work of art (a painting, a drawing, even the odd sculpture), and the second being a postcard. Covering the walls of all the various rooms I’ve lived in, in all of the various countries, a growing number of postcards have followed me around, always reminding me of past adventures. Hence the name of this blog.

I hope you enjoy this blog and feel free to get in touch, either by commenting on posts or by emailing contact@thewell-travelledpostcard.com. You can also follow my blog via email in the sign-up box below, like my Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter and Bloglovin’, and visit my Youtube channel and my Instagram page. If you’re interesting in working with me then please see my PR/Contact page for more information and examples of past projects!

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112 Comments »

  1. You have an incredibly beautiful blog! This will be my get away when I am in need of a little escape. I recommend you visit Sora in Italy, it’s where my family are from – idyllic, cheap and purely Italian! Ix

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  2. Thank you Imogen that’s so sweet! What a shame we didn’t bump into each other in B-Soho on Saturday. And Sora looks really cute – I spent a summer in Lazio actually. I was au pairing near Ladispoli & living with an Italian family… on the beach! I loooooooved it, I need to get round to blogging about it actually!

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  3. Hi Virginia new follower here, thanks for posting on the blog and I just had to check out yours – so glad I did. I need to plan my next holiday soon and now I have so much inspiration! x

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  4. Hey, Your blog is beautiful and it is amazing how many places you have visited but I have noticed Australia is absent on your list. Don’t fancy Australia?

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    • Thank you! And that’s very true, Australia isn’t on my list at the moment, & Oceania is actually the only continent I haven’t yet visited. I would love to go to Australia but as I’ve heard the culture is pretty similar to ours here in the UK, there are other places that I’m keen to visit first… But I will get there eventually!

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  5. Hey, glad to see that I’m not the only travel postcard fanatic out there 😉 I too have collected way too many of them, but they can be such an inspiration!. Glad to have found your blog. I did travel to Oz and New Zealand, and the latter is definately worth a visit even though the culture may seem similar. Just the nature itself is a prime motivator!. Happy travels

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    • Although I adore taking my own photos around the world, the standard of the photography in some postcards is astounding. I particularly love the more quirky ones that tell you something about the culture, not just the most famous tourist spot… Glad you’re enjoying the blog!

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  6. I have nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. Congrats! Please see my homepage to find out how to accept the award and pass it onto fellow bloggers.

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  7. Inspiring and interesting about.Wishing you success to achieve all your endeavors.l liked the front page of your blog.Jalal

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  8. Being so talented, so beautiful and amazingly lucky, you are nothing but a dream come true!!!
    You have an incredible blog!! Keep up the good work and if you are ever in Madrid, I would love to photograph you.
    Take care and all the best.

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  9. I really felt in love since the first time I bumped into your blog. The layout is amazing, so thrilling and it is full of interesting articles.
    Really congrats for your work. Keep on exploring the world and if you wantvisit the amazing south of Italy I will happy to host you.
    Take care and all the best.

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  10. I can see we definitely have the love of travel in common. By the way… I love your blog. I hope to get to travel as much as you do some day.
    Since I can see you are a fan of picture-postcard travel photos you are welcome to come by my blog and drop me a line. There you might also get an idea or two for your next travel adventure.

    Have fun, keep travelling and don’t stop blogging about it. 😉

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  11. Hello Virginia!
    My name is José and I am from Colombia. I do really like your blog and it has been a sort of inspiration for me as I am finishing my high school studies and I would love to travel throughout the world. May I ask you how have you had the opportunity to visit all those amazing places? Is it a good idea to do au pair abroad?
    Keep up with your delightful blog and shine on.

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    • Hi José! Thank you, that’s so sweet of you. Well I’ve been very lucky really to have travelled so much. In England lots of students take Gap Years after school, which is a year between school and university predominantly used to travel around and experience the world. All my travels that year were very low budget as I had zero income, and many of the countries I visited (Asia for example) were really cheap to visit. One of the bungalows we stayed in in Laos cost us only 50p a night! That’s less than $1! And I would really recommend being an an pais – it’s a fantastic way to understand the people and their culture in a foreign country, it’s unlike any other experience. I wrote a post on my experience of au pairing in Italy: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2013/04/09/jobs-abroadthe-glamorous-life-of-an-au-pair/ But soon I’ll write a post about the actual job of an au pair, and what to expect.

      Where are you hoping to travel to?

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  12. Hey Virginia! Just discovered your site and loving what you’ve done with it! Very jealous of how many languages you speak too – that’s amazing!

    Looking forward to checking out loads more on your blog 🙂

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  13. I absolutely love your blog! I am so envious! Being in the position you were in a few years ago (my 3rd year abroad) I hope to have a blog like yours in a few years time filled with many more adventures! 🙂

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    • Thank you! Your blog is also lovely, I wish I had started mine while I was doing Erasmus, but only came up with the idea after graduation. Hope you’re enjoying your Third Year Abroad, I certainly miss mine!

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  14. Your Blog is fantastic and I hope to be as successful as you one day. I have only just started Writting so have got a long way to go but you have really helped and inspired me! I Lived in Sorrento for 8 months working in a hotel called the Nastro Azzurro and I fell in love with Capri also. Anyways, Thanks again, GG x

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  15. G’day! I just read your blog about spending time with the White Sharks in South Africa. This has been a dream of mine since I saw it on a “Shark Week” documentary. Your brief commentary further solidified I will make this dream a reality. I’m saving $ and leave time to travel from coastal Southern California to get to South Africa for this experience. Thanks for sharing your perspective and I look forward to reading of your further adventures! Maybe one of yours will be coming to San Diego, CA? Cheers!

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  16. Gorgeous blog and lovely well-written articles to accompany some stunning photography! You’ve led such an active life and you’re only 24!! I have an offer at Exeter for this September and am taking a Study Abroad element with the hope that I’ll be able to improve my AS level French 🙂 I’d love to travel as much as you have, but my main issue is costs. I know you’ve been to some very cheap places in obscure areas, but how do you manage so many weekends in foreign countries? Would it be impertinent of me to ask what is your main source of funding for these trips? Do you have a flexible job as part of your travelling? Or just know where the cheapest spots are? 🙂

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    • Thank you, that’s so sweet of you! And congratulations for getting into Exeter, I’m sure you will have an absolute ball! A lot of my weekend trips around Europe have been to visit friends that I met during my Year Abroad (another reason to do a year abroad is that you’ll have a very international friendship group) so I don’t pay for accommodation, and more recently I’ve found a job that allows me to travel. Last year for example my company paid for 6 of my trips abroad (5 in Europe and 1 in South Africa) so I take advantage of the free flights to stay an extra weekend to explore the place in my free time. I’m also lucky enough to still go on family holidays, and now that I’m a travel writer I also get invited to visit places to write reviews, so all that adds up to a good deal of inexpensive travel! Hope you have an amazing time in Exeter and look forward to your Year Abroad – it’ll be one of the best years of your life!

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  17. I’m really interested in knowing how you got into the jobs during your ski seasons! It’s really inspiring that you were barely 18 when you jet off to Portillo.

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    • I got the job in Portillo through a family friend, but anyone can apply for jobs through their website. And my ski season in Italy was through an English company (Mark Warner) that interviewed me in London, and anyone can apply for that!

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  18. Hey Virginia!
    I’m also Virginia (but I got by Ginger most of the time). I get the feeling like we actually have a lot in common: loving languages and travelling being the most important! You’ve done a fair bit more travelling than me though!

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    • Another Virginia – I barely ever come across any! I’ve just seen from your blog that you studied in Scotland – did you like it? The few bits I’ve seen were lovely and I’m heading back to Edinburgh in September actually.

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      • I know! All the Virginias that I meet are like 80 years old, and even then it’s pretty rare. I loved Scotland! I’m working now on getting things sorted for a visa application to go back. How funny, if everything goes to plan I’ll be moving in September!

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    • Thank you so much Gretel! Just read that you’re from Cuba (a country I loved!) and that you studied in Seville in 2011, very close to Cordoba where I also studied in 2011… what a coincidence. You have a lovely looking blog by the way!

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      • Thank you Virginia, I really like your blog as well. We do have some cool things in common. Who knows we might cross paths one day on our travels 😉 Wishing you the best!

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  19. Wow! Your blog is amazing Virginia, and your travels so far sound amazing. You’re very lucky to have had the opportunity to visit so many places! I look forward to reading more xx

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  20. Hello Virginia, I am Lourdes, from Córdoba.
    I have been reading your blog and I know that you have been in my city and in many wonderful places. I would like to ask you some questions and I will be grateful if you would reply in all sincerity.

    As you have visited many cities I would like to ask for advice. I finish my degree next year and we want to go on a trip, have you got some recommendation? We are between 20-24 years old and we would like to visit different places. We think staying in one place is too boring.
    Moreover, I would like to ask you if you liked Cordoba and what you think about the city.

    Un saludo,
    Lourdes

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    • Hola! I adored Cordoba, I hope you love it as much as I did! I’ve written a blog post about it here: https://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2013/04/14/my-erasmus-semester-in-cordoba-spain/

      Regarding your trip after graduating, it really depends on how much time you have, your budget, what interests you, what time of year it is. So many factors! If you want to do a long backpacking trip then some of the more popular and easy routes are through South America (easier still for you as you speak Spanish) and South East Asia. I also found China really fascinating, although quite a culture shock. Have you picked anywhere yet? Good luck with the rest of your exams too.

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  21. Hi Virgina, Glad to be following you on your travel journey. I am passionate about travelling too, it is an addiction now. Your blog is lovely, vibrant and interesting. Keep sharing.

    Cheers
    Aanchal

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  22. VirginIa, you have created a lovely blog! I love the layout, the vivid and colourful photography, and the candid way you write. I also studied modern languages at uni and spent my third year in Extremadura, although Cordoba, Granada and Seville were my favourite cities for weekend breaks. I would really appreciate any top layout tips and ideas you could give me on my relatively ‘young’ travel blog, The Long Way Home 🙂

    I’m looking forward to following your travels!

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    • Thank you! I haven’t updated my layout in a long time, so it’s a bit overdue but I’m glad you like it. As for your layout, I really like the way you have it at the moment. If you’d like new ideas then look around at other websites and note down what you most like about their appearance, then see how you can incorporate that into yours. I’ve never been to Extremadura but it’s supposed to have wonderful landscapes!

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  23. hi Virginia
    Wooww!!,I really liked your blog and it actually inspired me. It is really amazing how you have already travelled so many countries and so languages you can speak. whoooo… I am passionate about travelling too and it was very interesting to read your journey . Way to go

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  24. Hey Virginia, you have a lovely blog 🙂 I wanted to know more about learning russian and that’s how I came across your blog. Since you’re interested in travel and working abroad, I thought I’d let you know about Korea and their EPIK programme — it’s for teaching English and something I may want to do as Korea is an interesting culture & a great language. All the best!

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    • Thanks, in fact I do know a couple of girls who have taught in South Korea and it would be good to have something about it on my blog… Good idea. Have you done it yourself?

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  25. Very nice blog Virginia. I came across your blog while searching for places to travel in Italy since I’m planning to visit the country soon, I’m an italophile myself . I found your blog very informative and we’ll written.
    Congratulations, you are a lucky girl! It is amazing how many places you have visited.
    Ciao e buon viaggio!

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  26. Hi Virgina,

    Just came across your blog, loved checking out some of your posts. I’m actually in Indonesia right now, and liked reading your posts about Bali. We’re actually going to be here about two months total, so lots of time to check out all different aspects of the culture. Thanks for sharing your travels!

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