Steph Dyson is a travel writer and educational volunteer who writes about adventurous travel and meaningful volunteering and how these are life-changing but accessible ways of exploring the world.
A former teacher, avid cheese eater, and famous Bolivian TV personality (well, almost), she loves sharing her tips, tricks, and personal experiences of travelling and volunteering in South America.
What or who inspired you to travel and discover the world?
It was visiting two close friends in China after I finished university that gave me the inspiration – and the confidence – to travel the world. A later holiday in Japan where I travelled for much of it alone made me realise that I could (and should!) give the whole solo travelling thing a go.
I was immediately hooked and it wasn’t too long after that I decided to leave my job as a high school teacher in the UK to travel and volunteer in South America, starting in Bolivia. I stayed there for a year, and two and a bit years later I’ve only just finished that trip!
Where was your first overseas trip and was it everything you expected it to be?
As a child growing up in the UK, we regularly went camping in the Pyrenees in France. Our days were filled with hiking in the mountains, sleeping beneath canvas as the clouds above emptied bucket loads of rain on our heads and even swimming in remote, icy lakes. At the time, I hated how much time we spent trekking but nowadays I can’t get enough of being outside and love exploring lesser-known hiking destinations, such the Maragua Crater in Bolivia and exploring national parks in Chile!
What’s one travel planning tip you can give to anyone about to head off on their first overseas adventure?
Don’t over plan! It can be tempting to organise every last moment of your holiday but it’s not until you get there and see how many exciting places you hadn’t even realised existed that you understand the value of going with the flow and seeing where the trip takes you…
Best travel experience so far?
Hitchhiking on the back of trucks to go wild camping in the Andes in Bolivia. The next morning, I woke to a magical sunrise across silent mountains, alone, except for a curious cow.
What’s your biggest source of travel inspiration between trips?
Being based in various parts of South America (most recently Santiago in Chile) and writing about travel has made me realise quite how many incredible places I still have to see on this continent! I also end up meeting a lot of travellers so just hearing about their experiences always inspires me a lot too.
My dad is also a big fan of travelling so I enjoy planning where I can take him; our next trip will be in the wilds of Patagonia on a hiking adventure!
Do you have a favourite quote, travel related or otherwise?
Ibn Battuta — ‘Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.’
Nothing better expresses my travelling experience over the past few years.
I never leave home without…… my camera
My favourite place is…….Bolivia
Solo, couple, family or group travel……solo
The best food I’ve eating was in……Lima, Peru. Ceviche! Yum!
City, sea, mountains…….mountains, a tent and the stars!
Connect with Steph
Blog: Worldly Adventurer
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Over to you!
What or who inspires you to travel?
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