Hey there, I’m Tom, a travel addict! As you can probably tell by the picture here, I’m also a big fan of dinosaurs!
Ever since I first plucked up the courage to travel to Australia by myself and spend a year there travelling and working, I have become obsessed with travelling.
I created The Travelling Tom to detail how to travel and work in countries around the world. The website also highlights the highs and lows of travelling, while sharing with you adventures that will spark your desire to go travelling yourself!
There a lot of things I wish I had known when I first set out, particularly regarding getting a job in Australia. So in a way, this blog came about as a way of putting this information out into the open, while also offering guides to cities and countries that I have been to.
As someone who had travelled minimally up until I left in 2012, this blog will also try and encourage people to just go and travel. I honestly believe it is one of the most rewarding and gratifying experiences that you can do.
One of my favourite quotes comes from The Hobbit, where Gandalf says to Bilbo, “The world is not in your maps or your books, it is out there.”
How my obsession began
In 2011, I graduated from uni with a degree in History and absolutely no idea of what I wanted to do. After numerous applications to jobs that I had no real interested in doing, I ended up working in a betting shop.
I had originally wanted to go to Australia straight after I finished uni, but to put it simply, I didn’t have the courage to go by myself. So here I was living at home, working a job that I hated, stuck in a rut.
It took a big event, or should I say big hit to get out of this rut. One night cycling home from work I was hit by a car. I was extremely lucky to get away with just a few cuts and bruises.
This incident made me realise that life is too short to not be doing what you want. That moment inspired me to grow some balls and go to Australia.
I spent a year working and travelling in Australia, before visiting New Zealand and doing the same. I then went on a trip to the Philippines, before moving to Spain where I taught English for two years in Barcelona.
This blog is about igniting a passion for travel in people and to provide handy tips and guides and show how there are other ways to live your life, other than the one fed by the mainstream media!