Who Is Runaway Brit?


Chilling out at a bar in SloveniaWelcome!

Hi, my name is Elaine and I am Runaway Brit 

I’m an English teacher from the UK. I love to travel and I find it impossible to stay in one place for too long.

I have lived in:

  • 6 countries
  • 4 cities
  • 3 towns
  • 1 village
  • 1 island

Not only that, I have travelled to 40 countries.

I first experienced the freedom of travel during a short trip through Eastern Europe in 2000 when I went from Germany to Romania by train. I was sold. After that I escaped from Britain at every opportunity.

Nothing could beat the feeling of heading off on a new adventure.

“Not all those who wander are lost” – JRR Tolkien
I became an expat at 23 when I went to work in Tokyo for a year as a TEFL teacher. I was devastated when I returned back from the UK and struggled with Reverse Culture-Shock  for a few years. I dreamed of returning overseas, but a mountain of debt held me back. Four years later I left again for Vietnam where I was finally able to pay off my debts. This time I worked in an International school in Saigon for 3 years and travelled throughout South East Asia during the holidays.

Shedding my debt allowed me to save for my dream trip through South America in 2011.

Now I live and work in Sweden, where this website began.

My Swede in Argentina

My travel companion is mainly my partner Nicklas, an amazing Swedish guy that I met when I was travelling in Cambodia in 2008. Read our story ‘Serendipity in Sihanoukville’ over at the excellent Nomadic Chick website. When he is busy working I travel with friends.

Runawaybrit offers personal stories of my life on the road, as well as heaps of advice about how I maintain my travel lifestyle.

If I can do it, you can too!

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