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Welcome to my blog: Stoked to Travel

I’m Claire and I’m delighted to welcome you to my travel blog – my own little corner of the internet.

I’m a British travel and lifestyle blogger, and Stoked to Travel is a pun on my surname, Stokes. If you’re curious to see my personal page, you can see it here.

My blog was born from an rather severe case of wanderlust. If you’re interested in working with me, find out how to do so here!

Although I’ve spent the majority of my life living in the UK, I have also spent extended stints living in Ghana, France and Australia. Other than travelling the world, I’m crazy about dogs, good coffee, sampling local food and health & wellbeing.

About Stoked to Travel

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 am a part-time traveller. Yep, I am based in London working full time in the City.

These days, I manage to fit my travel into around 28 or so annual leave days, as well as weekend and public holidays. People ask me all the time how I travel so much, and the truth is – I am very good at making my days out of the office for me, and have developed a whole list of personal travel hacks.

I started this blog in early 2017 as a way to share my travel adventures, in part to show people it is possible to travel extensively with a job. So far, I have managed to visit 60 countries across the globe, although some of these of course happened before I started the blog.

sightseeing in Athens
Snapping away in Athens, Greece

Who do I write this blog for?

This blog is aimed at people similar to myself – those who also work full-time but are keen to see the world. You’ll notice most of my itineraries are between one week and three weeks long, and many are based on a weekend in a destination.

Many of my readers are from the UK and the US, so I also focus on London content aimed at both markets so you can find some of top city destinations here.

My Travel Style

I’m not a backpacker anymore, that’s for sure. About five/six years ago, a 20-bed party dorm in Cairns Australia would have been ideal. Fun, social and boozy.

Definitely not now. I love travelling in comfort these days, whether it’s simply having a private room or taking a taxi over two buses and a tube from the metro. I’m not sure I will ever stay in a dorm again or choose a travelling option taking three hours over one that would take 30 minutes.

My travel spending style lands somewhere in the middle-range. I’m less budget conscious now, and definitely choose to splash out on things that have become important to me. This could be better timed flights, airport hotels or even an upgrade. Sometimes, I like to go all out now and stay in truly iconic accommodation that’ll bring a whole different level to my trip, such as my stay at the Uga Escapes Chena Huts in Sri Lanka. This was 100% worth every penny.

Relaxing by the private pool at Chena Huts, Yala National Park
Relaxing in my dressing gown by the private pool at Chena Huts, Yala National Park

I’m approaching my 30s and these days, I travel more with my boyfriend or a close friend than travelling solo or in big groups. I still manage to join the occasional family trip too though!

Partying is no longer a factor for trips, and whilst I enjoy exploring the bar scene in a new destination, I quite like to be home in bed by midnight now. Ready for a day of exploration!

My travels used to be focused on adrenaline-pumping, thrill-seeking adventures, from skydiving, bungee jumping, canyoneering, white water rafting, swimming with sharks and desert trekking. Now I’ve ‘ticked’ these off, my travels are focused on soft adventure, so relaxed hiking, biking and being out on the water.

Travelling in the Philippines
Taking it easy in the Philippines

However, I’ve always loved exploring and learning in new destinations, as well as immersing myself with the locals. This has always been the priority and my travels today balance this with a good degree of relaxation, since my other favourite thing is colourful cocktails by the pool 🙂

I don’t like to just skim the surface of destinations, and therefore find myself returning to the same place time and time again, just to see a little bit more..

Where Next?

Anyway, now you know more about who is behind this blog, do take a look around! If you still want to know more, check out my travel Q&A page.

You can also follow my adventures on Instagram and Twitter. Feel free to get in touch via email here and you can find out more about working me here.

Please do also check out my website’s privacy policy and disclaimer here.

Thank you!

Claire xx