Who is Teacake Travels?
Teacake is Alice Nettleingham. A 31 year old British chick travelling around the world for as long as she can get away with it. Willingly throwing herself into anything outside of her comfort zone, she’s rocking girl solo travel one stride at a time!
How did Teacake Travels come to be?
Travel. I bloody love it. Travel is what completely changed my life around and made me the kick ass woman I am today. Without travel, I’d still be sitting in my clothes in the bathtub trying to avoid my boyfriend in the one bedroom flat we lived in. The bathtub wasn’t particularly fabulous or anything but it was the only place in the flat which had a lock on the door and I’m grateful for that.
When I actually left England in September 2012, with the clear intention of travelling, I was actually really happy. I was living in Brighton, had great housemates, a really cool green bike, endless Sunday roasts on tap and wore really cool clothes that my grandma would dig. Something within me wasn’t quite shaking its tail feather though…
Then this happened
I was on a stupidly crowded train travelling from Nottingham. The seat next to me became available, this girl snagged it and then she whipped out a research paper on something or other. I was working in Psychology at the time, mental health particularly, so was all over that stuff. We got talking and it turns out she had just got back from teaching English in India. We spoke for aaaaaaaaaaaages about this and by the time I had gotten off the train, I was home online, booking myself onto a TEFL course.
I did the course that weekend and met a guy there who told me he was off to Korea to teach and I should promptly follow. So I did. Before you could say, ‘She’s goddamn crazy’ I was in Korea, teaching elementary school and having the best time of my life.
Nearly five years later and I’m still teaching and rocking solo travel. Apart from some swift mini romances I had with Russia, Spain and the Czech Republic before really choosing to be a traveller, I’ve been to Korea / Japan / Thailand / Cambodia / Vietnam / Austria / Poland / Hungary/ the Philippines / China and I’m now in Taiwan. Cool huh?
Why you should read Teacake Travels
I get it. There are a gazillion travel blogs out there today BUT read mine because:
I do a lot of solo travel. I’m a lovely English girl. Solo travel and being a lovely English girl = guts and rock and roll. You’ll learn something new or see something really cool. I’m clear, concise and to the point. You and I both know that you have other stuff to do today apart from read teacaketravels. Awesome people still have to do the washing up. Boo.