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Welcome to elitravelbug ♡
A positive, creative, original, extremely clumsy and sometimes maybe a little ditsy 25 year old (might as well be completely honest).
I am originally from Poland, but growing up in London has had a huge influence on who I am today. My name is Eliza, but I’m not a fan of the English pronunciation – so I pretend there is an ‘s’ instead of the ‘z’. My friends call me Eli – pronounced like ‘Ellie’ – not to make things difficult or anything..
I had a career in graphic design back in London, but left it a couple of years after graduating. Similar to many travellers – I realised that my goal at the time was just a socially acceptable thing to do – the obvious thing. I didn’t care about getting a house, becoming a manager.. and having kids wasn’t even on my radar.
Instead of investing my money in a driving license – I travelled across North America for a month.
I always had itchy feet. When I was little – my dream was to see palm trees. For real. So when I turned 18, I went on my first vacation and got the travelbug since.
The destination was Tenerife – with about ten of my mates. I loved it, but also realised that travel in such big groups is not necessarily my thing. For the next few years I’ve been experiencing (and experimenting) different kinds of travels – solo, couple, groups, with a best friend and so on.
Currently, I’m travelling solo while working my way around, volunteering and slowly trying to include it all in this blog that I couldn’t have enjoyed more (even when things get tough sometimes).
The blog started when I realised how often my friends, family or random peeps ask me about destinations I visited, tips and tricks on how I managed to do something or get from A to B.
I had no idea whether my writing was good enough or if I’d stick with it for longer than a few weeks – all I knew is that I wanted to share all of the amazing places ticked off my bucket list and the tips on how to go about travelling in general – both on a budget and something more fancy.
It’s all my honest opinions, if there is a place I didn’t like – I will for sure tell you about it.
As I said earlier – I can be super clumsy or slightly silly sometimes and I’m not scared to say it as it really is, so some posts might be quite ridiculous even.. such as the one when I got lost in New Orleans (second half).
Another reason for starting this blog is my life-long struggle with allergies. Since I was a little girl, I would walk around in bandages having to say no to pretty much any tasty food.
Over the years I have slowly managed to get it (slightly) under control.
Travelling being my passion means I had to find many ways of adjusting, finding special products and how to deal with skin problems to look as ‘normal’ as possible. And trust me, I’ve tried hundreds.. or thousands of different products from suncreams and body lotions to body sprays and haircare.
Being allergic to not only lots of different foods, but fabrics, cosmetics and even sun – turned some parts of my holidays into a huge struggle. My skin is extremely fussy when it comes to many products, so I know how hard it is to find something that will not irritate it.
I share my opinions and favourite products in the ‘Allergy & Skincare’ tab, hoping it can help some of you out there!
Because I didn’t want that to stop me from following the dream and ticking those dreamy places of my bucket list, I decided to start researching.
That’s when I realised, there isn’t a blog out there that talks about both – travel and sensitive skincare.
So, I decided to include it here and this is where I share my knowledge and tips. Some of it is not pretty – but I promised myself It’ll be both the good and the ugly. I believe people can learn from my experiences, some which were seriously tough to the point where I Nearly Quit Travelling (Due To Allergies).
But these things only make us stronger! So, if you have any questions whatsoever – don’t be shy and ask! <3
I hope you will enjoy my experiences and find this blog useful!
Eliza aka elitravelbug xx
PS. As I give tips on allergies, I thought it would be useful for some of you to know what they actually are.
Below are the main ones:
◦ Sun (pmle and prickly heat)
◦ Different chemicals (including different washing powders, shower gels etc.)
◦ Synthetic fabrics (polyester, elastin etc.)
◦ Tomatoes plus other vegetables
◦ Anything that is too sour (including fruit)
◦ Different flowers, plants and grass
◦ Fragrance (added to products or sprayed directly on skin)
◦ Nickel (in jewellery)
◦ Endless amount of beauty products, creams etc including chemicals such as parabens
And more, but I don’t want to bore you!
I used to have more food allergies including flower, eggs, milk and pretty much anything you can think of, but many sessions of desensitisation & Immunotherapy made a difference. I am planning to continue them in the future, hoping that most of the allergies will disappear. Some day.
Please note that from purchasing through some of the included links in my posts, I receive a tiny commission towards running this blog. Don’t worry as it doesn’t cost you anything more. Most of all, I only recommend the products that I trust and used them myself unless stated otherwise.