Hey, I’m John! Just a normal guy from Scotland who has an obsession with travel, and a totally rational love of cats. Here’s some facts about me:
At the age of 21, after working in an office for the last year, I was pretty fed up. Fed up of working all the time, fed up of never doing anything, and fed up of seeing everyone I knew go off to all these amazing places and never going anywhere myself.
So.. I decided to do something about it!
On the eve of my 22nd birthday, I booked a last-minute weekend trip leaving the next morning. Long story short, it was an amazing experience, and made me completely fall in love with travel. Since then I’ve spent over 200 days abroad, flying over 100,000 miles, and seeing more of the world than I ever imagined. I’ve not seen much, yet, but I’ve got big plans!
I started this blog for a few reasons:
It sounds super cliche, but I really do think travelling is one of the greatest things you can do. It totally changed my life! What I really want from this blog is to help others get the same joy out of travelling that I do.
That could be by introducing a seasoned traveller to a new tool, or by inspiring someone to take their ever first ever trip abroad. Blogs like these inspired me, and I want to do that for someone else.
In terms of the actual content on here, you can expect:
I’ll talk, in detail, about the trips I’ve had. This will include exact figures on what I spent, where I stayed, what I ate, what I did, and a whole load of other stuff! I’ll also include pictures and recommendations.
Curious about the name? I would be too! But there aren’t any exciting stories behind it, I just love cats (who doesn’t?). After a lot of brainstorming, I finally came up with ‘Travelling Tabby’ for the blog.
Plus, when I’m travelling, I share a lot of the qualities of a cat. Curiosity, cautiousness, independence, friendliness. I mean, I don’t.. I don’t lick myself, or eat mice, but you get what I’m saying!
I designed the logo myself, and even tried to make it look like my old cat, Star. She sadly passed away in 2018, so in a way this blog is also a nice way to remember her. 🙂 (That’s Star below, with her Panda!)
My first trip was pretty impulsive, but normally I sit down and plan out my trips in advance. I keep track of everything in a spreadsheet, inside of which I’ll also have my packing list, calendar, and finance tracking. I really like to be organized and stay in control of things!
Most of my trips tend to be under a week in length, but I want to try and have a long trip every 5 years or so. I don’t like to rush through places just to check stuff off your bucket list, so if possible I’ll try to stay somewhere for 4-6 days and have a more relaxed experience.
There are so many places around the world I want to visit. I love big cities and nature equally. My two soft spots are skyscraper-filled cities and deserts, mostly because they are just so unlike where I live. My top interests are hiking, wildlife viewing, and seeing iconic landmarks. I also love seeing the weirder side of places. Ghost towns, niche museums, disaster sites, and all that kind of stuff fascinate me!
I try to travel cheap, but not super cheap. You won’t find me hitchhiking or couchsurfing, but I try to save money where I can, especially when it comes to transportation. Although for me, travel is all about the experiences you have and the memories you make. I love stuff like shark diving, helicopter flights, and music festivals. Sadly they are expensive as hell, so that is where most of my money goes!
I do like trying new foods, but only when it looks good. I won’t be eating a slug in Africa ‘for the experience’ or whatever, but I really love trying foreign variants of my favourite foods. Most of the time I’ll just be getting some cheap street food.
On short trips I tend to travel with a small suitcase and stay in budget hotels, whereas on longer ones I’ll be going with a backpack and mostly staying in hostels. I.. really don’t enjoy hostels, but you can’t argue with their price!
Most of the time I’m travelling solo, and tend to stay solo during my trips. Although I’ll sometimes join a tour, as it might be the only way for me to see certain places. I went on a 21 day camping tour of the Western USA in 2018, and it was such an amazing experience!
2020 & 2021~
Unfortunately I’ve not travelled anywhere, due to this small pandemic thing you may have heard about.
Tomorrowland, Belgium: I’m saving up to go to the Tomorrowland music festival in Belgium. This will hopefully be in 2022 or 2023.
Birthday Trips: Every year I am determined to go away for my birthday. Where? No idea! But, somewhere. My birthday is in May. (this may be off for a few years, due to my birthday being right in the middle of my scheduled exam weeks 🙁 )
Pacific Northwest, USA: I have more plans to visit my friend and his family in Portland, Oregon. From there we have talked about trips to Seattle, Vancouver, and maybe even Yellowstone NP!
World Trip: After I graduate in summer 2022, I’ll hopefully be going off to travel the world. No solid plans for this yet, but I expect to be away for 6-12 months, and visit at least 6 continents!
I currently live with my Step Dad in a beautiful wee town called Dunoon. My Mum passed away a few years ago, and my Dad lives in New Jersey, USA. I used to visit him every summer as a child, which I think gave me an early love for travel and adventure! Oh, and I’ve got 4 big sisters scattered around Scotland.
After school I got a 2 year HND in Admin & IT at the University of the Highlands & Islands (Argyll College). A few years later, I went back and completed a 1 year HNC in Digital Design & Web Development. Now, I’m doing a 3 year Bachelors Degree in Business Management. Whatever I end up doing, a degree will help!
My first job was working as an Admin Apprentice in the local Social Work department. This eventually turned into a normal Admin role, which I loved! A nice, relaxing, mostly stress free job which paid well and had nice benefits. I worked here for a year and a half, before leaving to go travel for a while.
I’ve also been volunteering at a local Oxfam charity shop every week for the last 5 years, which is fun! Nowadays I don’t work, not in a traditional sense, but I spend a lot of time online earning money. This is through stuff like matched betting, completing surveys, and whatever else I can do.
Hobbies & Interests
Most of the time you’ll find me at home working on some kind of digital design project (making books, editing videos, creating websites). This is a huge hobby of mine, and I love being able to combine it with my travels! I also enjoy playing video games, and watching stuff like Sons of Anarchy.
I follow Liverpool FC, and I like most music, but my favourite music artists would be Illenium, Odesza, Taylor Swift, and Lana Del Rey. Also you may not know this, but I actually like cats! I have a bad habit of spending hours on YouTube, falling into the ‘dumb cat video’, related videos cycle.
In early 2020, I’d just about finished making this website, and I was getting ready to start making posts on a regular basis. But then of course the covid-19 pandemic hit, and everyone got a bit distracted by that.
I myself got particularly distracted by the whole situation, and decided to start keeping track of the figures for Scotland to see how the situation was progressing here. I won’t bore you with the details, but I ended up making a little page on this website to keep track of it, and it attracted quite a lot of attention!
In fact if you are here right now, or if you know the name ‘Travelling Tabby’, it is almost certainly because of the Coronavirus Tracker. The tracker really has nothing to do with the actual travel blog website, and in retrospect I should have got a separate domain for it, but oh well!
Anyways, that coronavirus tracker has eaten up pretty much all of my time since the beginning of 2020, which is why this blog only has a single post on it. The fact that I’ve not really left home since early 2020 also hasn’t helped. But as the pandemic comes to an end, I hope to begin posting here more regularly!
(If you still want to know more, check out the F.A.Q page, or leave a comment below!)
Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I’m still quite new to travelling, and a complete newbie at blogging, but I’m excited for what the future holds. I really hope you get something useful from here.
Also, make sure to follow me on Instagram for awesome pictures, videos and stories of my trips!