Born and bred Brightonian, I spent my childhood by the sea, playing imaginary games, watching the original Robin Hood on VHS and refusing all food that wasn’t marmite toast.  I loved the carefree atmosphere of primary school but secondary school was a bit more of a struggle for me, and I became plagued by anxiety.

With an ambition as stubborn as my commitment to marmite, I was determined to do well regardless of my shaky mental health and ended up studying the IB at college whilst working part time to save up money to fulfil my future travelling dreams. Two years later, and to my disbelief, I emerged from the other side of the IB (any fellow IB survivors out there?) and embarked on a six-month solo trip quite literally all around the globe: from visiting friends in Florida, au pairing in Canada, picking veggies and living in a tent in Hawaii, to waitressing in Sydney, camping in the Aussie outback and touring New Zealand by bus, it was as unforgettable as it sounds.

Once I returned home, I started working in an ice cream shop back in my hometown for the summer. I felt directionless; I wanted more than anything to stretch my mind again by learning new things and gaining further qualifications. At that point, the status of my mental health meant that attending university wasn’t a viable option. Instead, I enrolled with the Open University and studied alongside working in my new job as a healthcare assitant at my local hospital.

It was at this point Alys Journals was born: a little piece of the internet for documenting my past and future travel adventures, mental health struggles and tips, life as a student and general thoughts of a young adult in the contemporary world. Balancing the fast growth of my online community in that first year along with academic work and a draining day job allowed my confidence and resiliance to grow; I finally felt like university could become my reality, rather than a distant dream.

I started my Sociology degree in 2018 and have learnt so much in my first year – most importantly, what I’m capable of achieving even in the hardest of moments. My tiny corner of the internet took a backseat during this time as I contended with living in a new town, making friends, being back in education and completing two different internships. As I head into my second year, and now that I’m feeling more settled, I am hoping to relaunch Alys Journals as a space for personal reflection and connection with others.

So if you want to stay up-to-date with my unconventional journey and spur-of-the-moment decisions, hop along for the ride 🙂


Aug 2019


18 thoughts on “About

  1. Bexa says:

    Hi! Nice introduction ☺️. I love Brighton! 💕 It’s such an awesome place you are so lucky to live there 😄. We sound so similar in our passion for travel and studying with the OU. I have also had struggles with anxiety. And wow, you have been to some amazing places! I’m looking forward to read more of your blog 😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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  2. Sev says:

    Ah! I went to Brighton when I was 14. A seagull pooped on my head!! Sadly, this is the only memory i have from your city.
    Nice blog, keep up the good work!
    Cheers from across the Channel, in Brussels!

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  3. DougInNC says:

    You posted on another blog site this week that you were going to Prague this summer. My tip: Discover the tranquility of Wallenstein Garden if you are near the Malostranská Metro stop. The intriguing Dripstone Wall is like nothing else I have seen.

    I did not find this in a guide book, but caught a glimpse peering down from the castle and sought it out, which made it special. I enjoyed much of Prague and I’m sure you will also.

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  4. danniandherpassport says:


    Just stumbled across your blog. I have a passion for travel and can’t wait to go in just under two years time. I’m actually a mental health nurse and plan to work in Oz with my registration, although that means I have to work in England for two years. Look forward to reading more.

    Best wishes

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  5. Joe says:

    Just came across your blog as I am just starting out on mine and I just wanted to let you know I think it is so cool and to keep up the good work. I hope my blog can be similar to yours one day!

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