Hey, I’m Jen, a UK travel and hiking 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 months. Once a travel and dating blog, it soon became just travel, realising my dream of writing about different dating cultures was harder than I thought! The travel thing has stuck though. I stopped full time travelling 12 years ago, but I will never stop holidaying and travelling as often as I can.
I have visited over 50 countries around the world, but there’s no place I love more than home, Matlock on the edge of the Peak District National Park.
I live in Matlock, Derbyshire and love sharing the best things to do and places to eat around Derbyshire and the Peak District.
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 and of course… hiking and glamping adventures.
As my travel style has changed so has this blog. Travel will always be the focus of this blog, even if it means travelling down the road to the best restaurants, but I also share some book recommendations, tips on life as a freelancer or general musings on life.
A Walk in the Parks
I am about to undertake a big hiking adventure, ‘A Walk in the Parks’ where I will be hiking across every national park in England. 10 national parks, 10 weeks of hiking and around 1000 miles! I am taking my dog and will be interviewing people along my route about what makes our national parks special and why we need to look after them.
If you are travel obsessed, a lover of fun, hiking, wild swimming, or you’re looking for ideas on taking the plunge and work for yourself then I hope you find some inspiration, tips and ideas within my blog.
Random facts about Jen
Want to know a bit more about Jen, the girl behind She Gets Around? Here are a few random facts.
- I have grew up in a wood in an off-grid house and it is my dream to build our own house in a wood one day. Find out more about Hill Holt Wood.
- I spent two years studying in America. The first at a high school just outside New York City and the second at UC Santa Cruz in California.
- I love reading and try to read a book a week, I also run a bookclub at Coworking Corner.
- I love wild swimming, especially in the winter!
- My rescue dog Cookie is my baby and I love her more than words can say!
10 Things I love…
- Dogs (Cookie)
- Chocolate Fondant
- The Peak District
- Family and friends (obviously)
- Baked beans on toast
- The Peak District
10 Things I hate…
- Pizza with cheese on
- Cheesy pasta
- Cheese fondu
- Blue cheese
- Soft cheese
- Cheese sandwiches
- Cheese Burgers
Anyone with me on not liking cheese?
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.
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.
Keep in touch and follow the adventures
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 will mainly find me on Instagram, but I can occasionally be found on a few other platforms too. Follow the links below to see what I am up to.
Want to work with me?
I have worked with lots of brands on this blog including Jet2Holidays, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels, many different tourism boards and accommodation of all shapes and sizes. If you are interested in learning more about working with me and what I can offer please visit my Work with She Gets Around page.