Catherine Mchugh is the author of Ever Changing Scenery where she inspires people to make every day an adventure. Get a glimpse of how her adventures unfold thru Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest; and learn how you can turn every single day into small and big adventures as well.
First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself….
Hello! I’m Catherine, a recent graduate who is currently living a fairly normal life in York, England. I’m working away in my first ‘real’ job while making plans to escape the nine to five and travel full time. I love making an every day an adventure, whether I’m at home or abroad.
What inspired you to start your blog?
A few months before I started Ever Changing Scenery, I became obsessed with reading other people’s travel blogs online. I could spend hours soaking up all the information I could find on how to travel long-term, the best places to go and the top things to see and do. Once I committed to the idea of travelling full-time and making my own life more adventurous, I knew I wanted to share it with the people who had inspired me, and to hopefully one day inspire someone else.
How do you make your everyday an adventure?
When most people think of adventure, they think of travelling the world, swimming with sharks or jumping out of an airplane. The definition of an adventure is actually ‘an unusual and exciting experience’, and anyone can make this a part of their every day. I love taking a walk in an area I haven’t explored before, trying an unusual dish at a local restaurant or going on a weekend away to a city I haven’t visited before. For me this is what adventure is all about, just doing something different and getting out of your comfort zone.
When was your first trip ever? Where did you go and how was the experience
The first place I went abroad was to Albufeira in Portugal, but as I was just three years old I don’t remember a lot of details! As luck would have it, I will actually be returning to the same city later this year, so I’ll be able to tell you a lot more about the destination very soon!
What places have you visited so far, what is your favourite among them?
To date I have visited a total of thirteen countries, and India has by far been my favourite. I spent a month in Mumbai, and it was actually the first time I left Europe. I think it is this that made it so special; everything was so completely different to anything I had experienced before. There are no words to describe the sights, smells and sounds that India has to offer, but it truly is a magical place.
How do you fund your travels?
At the moment we’re saving as much as possible to get us going, and once we’re on the road we plan to keep our costs to a minimum and last as long as possible with the money we start with. Ultimately I’d love to be able to carve out a ‘location independent career’ and get paid for travel writing, but I know it will take time to secure a steady income this way and I’m prepared for the fact that I will have to get a more hands-on job wherever we are when the cash runs out. Whether it’s teaching English in Asia, working on a farm in Australia or doing some bar work in America, I’m fairly certain it will be more exciting than an office job here in England!
Do you take advantage of airline credit cards to save on flights? If so, which card do you use?
No, unfortunately not. A few years back I did have a credit card, but I got into a bad habit of spending too much and not paying the bills off. The debt quickly added up and after spending so long paying it off I’ve been a little scared to risk taking out another credit card. It might mean I could end up with free flights, but I just don’t trust myself and know I’d be more likely to end up with lots of debt!
What places are still in your bucket list?
Everywhere, or at least that’s what it feels like. Top of the list is South East Asia. I’d love to experience everything Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos have to offer, and they’re some of the countries we plan on visiting first on our long-term travels. Japan and South Korea are very high on the list too, but the higher cost of living in these countries has pushed them a bit further down. Mexico and South America are places I’d also love to visit, as is pretty much everywhere else in the world!
Do you have any major travel regrets?
Only not having started travelling sooner. Until I discovered this world of travel blogs I didn’t even realise long-term travel was an option, other than the typical gap year. I just wish I hadn’t spend so long wondering what to do with my life and had spent more time saving money and getting ready to go!
What is your advice to young travellers who are still about to begin realising their travel dream?
Just go for it! What’s the worst that can happen?