About She Gets Around

Hey, I’m Jen, a UK travel and lifestyle blogger based in Derbyshire.

I’ve been writing this blog ‘She Gets Around’ since 2011 when I started it to keep in touch with family and friends when I backpacked around Asia for 9 month.

Since I returned I haven’t stopped travelling (well except for that time of Covid) and have now been to over 40 different countries around the world.

Digital nomad laptop on beach

My travel style has changed over the years, from long term backpacking to travelling every month on last minute bargain adventures with friends, to more stylish and luxurious trips with my boyfriend.

I live in Matlock, Derbyshire and have been writing a lot more about my local area. The best restaurants, the best walks and all my expert local knowledge about Derbyshire and the Peak District.

MIlford Sound in New Zealand, rain

As my travel style has changed so has this blog and though travel will always be the most important part of this blog, you will also find tips on running a business, home renovation, volunteering and the best books to read.

All of this is washed down with lots of fun! Whatever your travel, work or life style I want to help you FIND THE FUN in every day life. From fun weekends, to fun on long haul flights, to fun… in the sun?! ok that one’s easy!

If you are travel obsessed, a lover of fun or looking for ideas on taking the plunge and work for yourself then I hope you find some inspiration, tips and ideas within my blog.

A bit more about me…

10 Things I love…

  1. Dogs
  2. Reading
  3. Chocolate Fondant
  4. The Peak District
  5. Family and friends (obviously)
  6. Puppies
  7. Baked beans on toast
  8. Doggos
  9. My plants
  10. Gin

10 Things I hate…

  1. Cheese
  2. Pizza with cheese on
  3. Cheesy pasta
  4. Cheese fondu
  5. Blue cheese
  6. Soft cheese
  7. Cheddar
  8. Cheese sandwiches
  9. Cheese Burgers
  10. Coronavirus!

Anyone with me on not liking cheese?

Bloggers in graffiti alley in Ghent, Brussels

What else I do alongside this blog

I’m what some people call a multi-hyphen and have never been good at focusing on just one thing. Below is a bit about my main business and volunteering I do alongside She Gets Around. I always get excited about shiny new projects, though She Gets Around is the thing that has stuck around the longest! Over 10 years now!

Feel Good Do Good

I am freelance Agile Digital Consultant and Happiness Trainer, delivering workshops, consultancy and support to businesses, public sector organisations and charities. I’ve worked for myself since October 2014 when I started my Ltd company, Feel Good Do Good, originally focusing on digital marketing and content. I still do bits of digital marketing, but also deliver consultancy on Agile working and Scrum alongside my work in Happiness and Wellbeing! Though I am used to delivering a lot of my sessions in person, things are changing and I have already started delivering a lot more things online.

Coworking Corner

Alongside Feel Good Do Good I also run a small coworking space in Matlock, Coworking Corner. A cosy, friendly, modern coworking space in Matlock, the heart of Derbyshire. We are more than just a desk for the day. We are a community. A place to escape distractions at home, meet like-minded people and get more done! We have free cookies on tap and our office dog Cookie who is always available for snuggles when needed. 

Peak District National Park Foundation

I’m Chair of Trustees for the Peak District National Park Foundation and am passionate about supporting the beautiful national park. We want to help everyone enjoy and support our national park forever. We fund projects that support improvements to the park from making the park more accessible to all, to climate change projects and habitat restoration.

I’m passionate about living a sustainable life and supporting the Peak District is just one way I am giving back to our world.

20 fun things to do in Basel

I hope you find what you’re looking for and always feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or fancy sharing your adventures, I love a good travel or business story!

You’ll often find my sharing random facts or rants on Twitter and the occasional pretty photo on Instagram too.

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9 Comments

  1. Good morning Jen (or whatever time it is where you are). Love your blog. It seems that you lead such an amazing life.

    There are so many volunteer websites around that it’s hard for someone who’s not in the volunteer world to separate the wheat from the chaff (so to speak). What sites would you recommend for a volunteering neophyte?

    Keep up the great work Jen. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Greg

    • jlowthrop Reply

      Hi Greg,

      Thanks so much, I am glad you enjoy my blog.

      Good question and one that is on my list of things to blog about. With finding volunteering opportunities it really depends on what you are after.

      http://www.omprakash.org is a good one for free/cheap volunteering, for more outdoorsy/farming type stuff then http://www.wwoof.org is good.

      Then for longer term experiences then http://www.vso.org.uk and http://www.restlessdevelopment.org have some great opportunities.

      There are tonnes of charities and websites, if you have a specific area or type of volunteering in mind I can see if I can dig out a few websites and contacts for you.

      Jen

  2. Hi Jen,
    How are you? Your blog is great. I have loved reading through your posts.
    Do you accept guest blogs?
    Hope all is well.
    Thank you
    Sarah 🙂

    • jlowthrop Reply

      Thanks Sarah. Glad you enjoy it. I do need to work on my ‘about’ section though. I will accept blog posts depending what you want to write about. Drop me an email to jennylowthrop (at) gmail (dot) com 🙂

  3. Hi Jen.
    I have recently discovered your blog and am a big fan!
    I too have just quit my job (not my dream job, might I add) to go travelling in September for 6+ months. I finished uni a year ago and decided the job I’m in is not for me, I’m enjoying blogging and hoping to work via blogging/freelance.
    I’m excited for the future now I’m embracing what I actually want to do and hoping that by leaving a job I do not enjoy, it will help me find something worthwhile out there, either on my travels or through writing.

    Your blog is full of inspiration, and you’ve made me feel like I’ve definitely made the right decision!

    Good luck with your future! x

    • jlowthrop Reply

      Hi Natasha,

      Thanks so much for all your lovely words. I am so glad I have inspired you to make the most of your exciting adventures. Definitely blog your way around the world and there are lots of ways you can make money on the road… especially if you are living in cheaper countries.

      It is all about doing what you want to do, rather than what you think you should. Enjoy.

      I hope you have the best time and look forward to reading about your travels.

      Jen x

  4. I’m an American thinking about moving to Berlin for a time. Should I do it and just throw caution to the wind? I’m not getting any younger, and I’ve never been to Europe and want to go. I haven’t a clue what I’d do once there, but Berlin feels like a good place to start my exploration of Europe. What do you think?

    • jlowthrop Reply

      My immediate answer is YES! Why not? Europe isn’t the cheapest place to travel but there are ways and means. If you have some money saved up then go for it. I have only spent a couple of days in Berlin, but I remember it to be a really friendly and easy city. I obviously recommend a visit to England (not just London) and Eastern Europe… Croatia, Montenegro, etc are beautiful and warm… and Italy oh I could go on, the places you could see, the things you could do! Go Go GO! Let me know if you need any specific tips.

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