My name is Megan, the voice behind LifeInPostcards!
I am a 21 year old creative writing student from Birmingham, UK who has set herself the goal of travelling to 100 countries before 2030 and capturing the journey on my blog.
I am passionate about gaming, bouldering, writing and, of course, travelling.
I got bitten by the travel bug back in 2016 when I started to think about what I wanted to do after I finished school. I now know that I decided to go to university however, at the time, I was strongly considering doing a gap year and travelling.
Whilst this did not come to pass and, due to the unforseen circumstance of COVID, I was unable to do a year abroad, I was inspired to start solo travelling as a result of all of the research I did (and excitement that came with it).
I fell very quickly in love with travel.
I have since met a boy and like to drag him around with me on trips so I am no longer limited to solo travel. Both have their perks but having someone to share new experiences with makes them richer than ever.
How do I tend to travel?
I like to consider myself to be the typical backpacker.
As a student and (part-time retail worker) I am often on a pretty tight budget. I am not someone who is able to jet off at a moments notice and I, tragically, am not someone with an unlimited budget to be able to go and stay at the nicest resorts in the Maldives or Carribean.
I am more of a hostel kitchens and 12 bed dorm kinda girl.
That said, as I venture slightly away from solo travel and more into couples travel I find myself gravitating more towards sharing a private room than a big old dorm.
I will cram as much stuff into whatever backpack I have (currently my beloved Osprey Fairview 40) and take the cheapest flights to be able to see the world on as few pennies as possible.
I am a big fan of souvenirs and collect shot glasses as well as postcards (hence the name of the blog) from each place I am fortunate enough to visit however, I know, that if I am ever able to go on a long term trip this is going to become and increasingly difficult hobby.
Why start a blog?
I, like others before me I’m sure, fell into the trap for a while of not feeling like I was a real backpacker until I put myself in the box of long solo trips with the smallest bag possible and on the tightest budget.
Before I knew that travel was a passion of mine I would leave home for short, 3-night trips to European cities using my school bag as a backpack and stuffing it with a few tops and my washbag.
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t embarrased by it.
I would shove my bag under my bunk bed to try and pretend to the other people in my hostel that I was a real backpacker like them.
I envied their fancy Osprey and Eagle Creek backpacks and longed so much for one that as soon as I had enough money saved I bought one for myself.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love my backpack a stupid amount. Maybe it’s because I finally feel like I fit in with the well-travelled people in my hostels telling me about how its their 9th month venturing around the world or maybe it’s just because it makes life that tiny bit easier.
I want to write a travel blog that isn’t all sunshine and roses. I want to show people that anyone can travel, even if you are on a tight budget or can only get 1 week off work at a time.
Being a ‘backpacker’ isn’t a mould you have to fit into.
Of course, I have more selfish reasons for blogging to.
I want to hone my own skills of writing, photography, video-recording and editing and I’m sure a hundred more things.
I want it to form a kind of scrapbook – a way to look back at memories and share them with friends and family.
Blogging is something that seems right to me and I am very excited to embark on this adventure.
The Crazy Idea
I have a crazy idea. When I decided I wanted to document my travels I knew I wanted to have a goal in mind. Something to drive me to explore new places and have new experiences to write about. Whilst in my dreams the crazy idea would be me deciding to pack my bags and …