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#rtwsoon Interview: Julia – Homeless and Confused

We love bringing you new #rtwsoon travelers and we’re delighted to be able to interview another just two weeks out from our own journey!

Julia, the voice behind Homeless and Confused, is currently planning a round-the-world escape in early 2012. Find our more about Julia and her upcoming adventures in the interview below!

Enjoying a spot of luxury in Dubai Who are you?

Some of you may know me a ConfusedJulia (from my Twitter handle) although by day I moonlight as a 27-year-old Manchester girl with a love of travel and talking rubbish. Being a web designer for a travel company means I get to look at pretty pictures of some of the most amazing places in the world every day, which I can assure you has done nothing to quell my wanderlust. I was lucky growing up that my parents didn’t want to take myself and my sister on the typical “bucket and spade” holidays because they wanted us to see the world (also, probably selfishly, they wanted to see the world themselves. Parents, eh?). So whilst I was still young I got to experience countries such as Italy, France, Germany, Egypt, Poland, USA, Canada, Belgium and the Czech Republic.

Since I flew the nest and started taking trips as an individual I’ve been to Portugal, the Canary Islands, Cyprus, Barcelona, Dubai, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

I really feel as though travelling from a young age taught me how to respect and appreciate other cultures and also opened up my eyes to different world foods, something I’m very passionate about now.

New York - A younger Julia enjoying the Big Apple

New York - A younger Julia enjoying the Big Apple.

Where are you going on your RTW?

I want to keep my itinerary as flexible as possible, simply because from my past experience plans always go awry and I want to be open to every opportunity or possibility that comes my way. Having said that, there are certain countries I have always wanted to visit and some of these will definitely be the highlights of my trip, including Mexico, Costa Rica and Malaysia. More recently I’ve become really interested in Chile and also the Philippines, so hopefully I can incorporate these areas into the itinerary, as well as other areas of South and Central America.

I have also long held a passion to travel to New Zealand (my Dad used to live there when he was younger and I’d love to re-visit his old neighbourhoods), China and Japan, so I am toying with the idea of hopefully getting to at least one of these amazing countries. As you can see, my list could potentially be endless, so my RTW trip could become a RTW lifetime!

Yorkshire - Discovering my home country

Yorkshire - Discovering my home country.

When are you leaving?

I am leaving early next year, probably around February 2012. Hopefully by then I will have enough funds to complete a large part of my trip, with perhaps the opportunity to pick up work in a couple of places to top up funds and extend the trip if I can.

Why did you decide to go on this trip?

Ever since I returned from my first solo trip to Vietnam last November I have been aching to travel more extensively. I had thought I would have to try and incorporate my shorter term travels around my job, but found out not long after I returned that job cuts at my company were looming. As I was already in the process of selling my house I realised that this was the perfect opportunity to take a break from everyday life and do something I had always wanted to do. Once the seed of a RTW trip had been planted, it didn’t take me long to put things into action, however I can’t say that it has been easy; the money-saving and sacrifices I’ve already had to make have been hard. I have no doubt it will all be worth it in the end though.

Vietnam - Kayaking in Halong Bay, Vietnam

Vietnam - Kayaking in Halong Bay, Vietnam.

What will you be doing to pass the time before your travels?

I will mainly be trying to save money like a madwoman, as well as doing as much destination research as possible. I’ll also be writing about my (sometimes) crazy experiences living back with my parents for the first time in 9 years and any small weekend trips I may try and squeeze into my budget. Basically I will be continuing to share my crazy ramblings with the rest of the world for as long as they’ll put up with me and my nonsense!

If you could give just one piece of advice to a fellow #rtwsoon traveler, what would it be?

If you want it, do it. I had convinced myself that after I had missed the university Gap Year boat that I would no longer be able to take a long-term trip and that I was too tied down with responsibilities. This is nonsense. You are only as tied as you allow yourself to be and it is never too late to chase your dreams.

Visit Julia’s Website: Homeless and Confused
Follow Julia on Twitter:
@confusedjulia

If you’re heading around-the-world in the next 12 months and would like to be featured here, please contact us.

16 Comments

  1. Posted July 10, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    Well I totally love and stalk Julia on Twitter anyway but great interview guys haha – tres bien =) (and yes, that’s about as much French as I can speak)

    • Posted July 10, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

      Haha Toni you know I love and stalk you too! Thanks for your continued stalking, sorry, support 🙂

  2. Posted July 10, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Amy and Kieron,

    Thanks so much for interviewing me! So excited for you guys to start your adventures in a couple of weeks. I’ll be reading along!

  3. Posted July 10, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    Great interview! I can’t wait to follow your travels on twitter!

  4. Posted July 11, 2011 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    Wow Julia, Great for thinking about visiting Philippines! Not being bias, but it is a great country and not many travelers venture here.

    Let me know if you need local advice, would be happy to give some tips. 🙂

    • Posted July 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

      That’s just what I wanted to hear, Jerick, I love the fact that it isn’t the most well-travelled with backpackers. I’ll definitely be in touch for tips! 🙂

  5. Posted July 11, 2011 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    Julia, thanks for a great story about your love of travel, and best wishes for your RTW trip next year!

    (Amy & Kieron, thanks for interviewing Julia!)

  6. Posted July 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Glad I was able to get to know you a bit more Julia.I love ya on twitter and hope one day our paths cross. I love what you are doing, its going to be amazing. I will tell ya one thing DON’T SKIP NICARAGUA. Ahhh it’s my favorite country in Central America, it’s just amazing. Plus its very cheap, cheapest out of all the countries I’ve been too.

    • Posted July 11, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Jaime, I hope our paths cross at some point too! I’m hoping to see as much of Central and South America as is possible with time and budget so I’l definitely try and get to Nicaragua.

  7. Posted July 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    You should definitely go to Japan if you can =). I’ve been living here for two years and I still don’t feel like I’ve traveled to my hearts content in this fabulous country!

    • Posted July 13, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Lori, I’ve wanted to go to Japan for years. Even if I don’t make it there next year I’m definitely going to get there at some point!!

  8. Posted July 13, 2011 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    You are only as tied down as you allow yourself to be… definitely true!

  9. Posted July 13, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    I’ve enjoyed following Julia on Twitter, now it’s time to start following her adventures. I’m excited for your upcoming RTW Julia, good luck in the final stages of preparing!

    • Posted July 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much Annie! So exciting 🙂

  10. Posted July 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    What a great interview. And Julia, you now have a new Twitter stalker! 🙂
    I love the fact that you haven’t planned too much of a route and you’re going with the flow, great idea!

  11. Posted September 12, 2011 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    I lived in Tokyo for seven years, so holler if you need tips on the cheaper options there. Not saying it’s a bargain city but there are things to see/eat/drink that are manageable on a budget. 🙂

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