I’m Claire and I’m delighted to welcome you to my blog – my little corner of the internet.
I’m a British travel and lifestyle blogger, and Stoked to Travel is a pun on my surname, Stokes.
My blog was born from a love of travel and exploring. Although I am based in London working full time in the City, I have managed to visit 60 countries and I spend nearly every spare moment outside of the office either travelling, or planning trips and adventures around the world. Whether it’s a trip close to home, or a long-haul adventure, I show you how you can still travel extensively with a full time job.
Stoked to Travel is a space dedicated to offering inspirational, useful and detailed travel guides, as well as in-depth reviews of hotels and experiences.
I truly love exploring new countries and cultures, delving into the foodie scene and having fun along the way. This blog offers mixture of weekend city break guides, in addition to longer two and three week travel itineraries in countries farther afield such as the Philippines and Turkey.
I love beautiful hotels and always try to stay hotels with interesting design or concepts, where I can so I often write about affordable luxury or unusual experience hotels. My final love is food, and I believe food is the best way to explore a destination. I’m also searching out the best cafes and coffee shops, and often review restaurants in London.
Who’s behind Stoked to Travel?
Born and raised in Brighton, England. I feel like the luckiest person that I spent my first 18 years in such a lively, vibrant and fun city where such a cosmopolitan and progressive lifestyle is encouraged and embraced. It’s definitely had a lifelong impact on me.
It was my first summer of backpacking at 18 that got me absolutely hooked. It started with an eventful road trip to Benicassim Festival in Spain with two friends, where we took a slightly beaten up Ford KA from Brighton all the way to the festival and back. What an adventure.
This was followed by a totally unplanned journey through Thailand, Laos and Burma with a friend. South East Asia has been one of my favourite places since this trip and I have gone back several times a year since. It just feels like home to me.
Before university, I spent a gap year working – partly at Disneyland Paris where I was dressed as Jessie from Toy Story..
I opted to go to the Northern powerhouse city of Leeds for university, where I studied International Development, French and Spanish at the University of Leeds. Not only did I have the time of my life in this incredibly fun and crazy city, I also opted to study a year and a half of my degree abroad – which yes, was one of the deciding factors behind my choice to go there and to study my course in particular.
I spent six months in Ghana, West Africa before one year in Melbourne, Australia, attending university in both of these destinations. Not only was this 18/19 month stint abroad the very best period of my life so far, but has had a huge role shaping me into the person I am today. Cliché but true.
After I graduated the University of Leeds, I spent a little time travelling again before working out what to do with the rest of my life. I’d always had my heart set on a career within the United Nations but after my finishing my degree, I realised this wasn’t right for me.
I spent a few months being lost and wondering what to do and where to go. It did all fall together, but not without some hiccups along the way. I learnt it’s totally OK to be lost and confused after university, and wrote a whole blog post here on my thoughts – just in case it might be helpful to someone else.
This period of uncertainty ended up being the catalyst for starting this blog in 2017. Since beginning to write and develop this site, not only am I following a passion and a dream, but I’ve learnt so many things. From technical website stuff to networking and meeting so many new people. It’s been a brilliant journey so far and the blogging community is a special one.
Anyway, that’s enough about me!
Please do take a look around my blog 🙂