Hi, and welcome to my travel blog, Life’s a window! My name is Ellie and I’m a 26-year-old born and bred Londoner, obsessed with all things travel related. I was brought up in South-East London where I’m living at the moment, but I have also lived in Brighton on the South coast of England for university for three years from 2010 – 2013 and in sunny Sydney in Australia for one year from 2015 – 2016.
I’ve always been interested in writing, and even back at school I was convinced that I would grow up to be a journalist. Moving back to London after university, I became more and more interested in content writing as I was given extra opportunity at the marketing agency I was working at to write large pieces for clients and the company. I was also very lucky to be given the chance to freelance review festivals and gigs throughout the summer and beyond for online music guides, which fuelled another love of mine – music and festivals!
Likewise, travel has always been very important in my life. I managed to sneak a few month-long trips between studying during my university summer holidays including travelling Italy for a month after my first year, then Thailand after my second and finally Ibiza after my third (I can’t deny it – I am definitely a bit of a party girl!).
But, I had always dreamt of an epic backpacking trip, a trip of a lifetime you could say. That’s why at the end of 2014 (after a lot of saving and scrimping in my first job) I left for an 8-month long trip with two close friends to South-East Asia (doesn’t it always start there?). Originally planned as a 6-month trip, I had no idea that this trip would extend to 8 months and would lead me to live in Australia for a year, one of the most special years of my life where I met so many important people to me that I’m still close with now.
I decided to put together this blog as a creative outlet before I went travelling on my South-East Asia trip, allowing family and friends to keep track of my journey and maybe even providing other travellers with some useful content. I chose the name ‘Life’s a window’ as I felt it’s exactly how I view life – you’ve really got to make the most of it and grab that opportunity when you can!
I have now been back living in London after my year in Australia for a year now, but travel remains a very important part of my life. I’m currently working in marketing for a wonderful 4-star hotel in leafy Richmond called The Petersham, which fortunately gives me the opportunity to explore more of my creative abilities.
I will continue writing about my adventures in London and wherever else I visit in the world – so keep your eyes peeled!