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

I’ve been writing this blog 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 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.

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, 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 dieting, to fun on long haul flights, to fun… in the sun?! ok that one’s easy!

Bloggers in graffiti alley in Ghent, Brussels

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.

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.



  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!


    • 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.


  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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