Who Is Runaway Brit?


High school teacher, traveller, immigrant – I could say ‘expat’ but, really, who are we kidding? – cake lover, terrible blogger.

Maybe I’m in one of those moods today, but I decided to change my ‘About’ page because it was full of the usual ‘If I can travel, you can too‘ cliches, which, frankly, annoy the hell out of me.

Mainly because it’s often untrue.

I’ll admit that I have been lucky to travel the way that I do. Yes, I overcame a mountain of debt before I started to roam the world – but I have one of the best passports in the world for travel, have a job that allows me to work anywhere I want, and have been, thus far, healthy enough to wander freely. I do not have any children to worry about or save for.

I would love to offer advice on how to travel on $5 a day, but in all honesty, I spend over $5 on cake most days.

I can’t give you advice on packing light because my luggage is full of cosmetics, heavy-duty support bras, and hair straighteners; there’s no string bikini or strappy sundresses in my bag. Mother Nature isn’t kind after 30, girls!

RunawayBrit is a document of my life since I left the UK in 2007. Where I’ve been, what I’ve done. I might get parts of it published into a coffee table book for when I’m too tired to travel anymore. I would be truly honoured if you want to come along and read some of my posts, but I honestly won’t be offended if you would rather read ‘The 10 Best Party Beaches Of All Time – Like, Ever‘ posts on a blog far more successful than mine πŸ™‚

As I’m currently living in Mumbai, India I suspect my blog will now mainly be about India for a few years.

If you wish to contact me, please use the contact form

You can also follow me on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/runawaybrit and Twitter http://twitter.com/RunawayBrit


  1. posted by
    May 24, 2011 Reply

    Hey, really great blog posts… I’ve enjoyed reading through your blog because of the great style and energy. I actually work for the CheapOair travel blog. If you’re interested, we would love to have you on as a guest blogger. Please send me an e-mail: gchristodoulou(at)cheapoair(dot)com, and I’ll give you more information. Looking forward to hearing from you.
    George recently posted..The Ritz Carlton St Thomas Residence Club

  2. posted by
    Jun 11, 2011 Reply

    I stayed in the UK from December-March 2011. I haven’t fulfilled my self-imposed task of backpacking in the whole UK. Hope you could visit the Philippines on your next Southeast Asian trip πŸ™‚ More power to you πŸ™‚
    Micamyx|Senyorita recently posted..The Corregidor Adventure Challenge

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Jun 14, 2011 Reply

      Thanks for the comment. The Philippines is very high up on my list of places to go now, I hope I get to do it soon. Where did you visit in the UK?

  3. posted by
    Nov 3, 2011 Reply

    Love your blog! Looks like you’re having an amazing adventure(s) and life!
    Jacqueline recently posted..21 Days: Day 7

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Dec 12, 2013 Reply

      Thanks. I am having a great time, life is too short to stay still!

  4. posted by
    Dec 2, 2011 Reply

    I like the way you presented “The Clocksmith of Valparaiso”. It’s one of my favorite poems.

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Dec 4, 2011 Reply

      Thank you very much. It’s a great poem!

  5. posted by
    Fran Riley
    Jan 24, 2012 Reply

    How do you do!
    I’m another travelling Brit, today in Mexico City, next week New Zealand. I’m glad I’ve found you, I love your blog.

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Jan 25, 2012 Reply

      Thanks for finding me and for the comment! How’s Mexico City? Since travelling South America I have discovered that I have the urge to visit Central America now! Need to start saving again πŸ™‚

  6. posted by
    Clinton Taylor
    May 21, 2012 Reply


    Contact me if your still looking for work. you can find phone no. on website.

    Look forward.


  7. posted by
    Dec 18, 2012 Reply

    Great to meet a fellow Brit teacher/TEFL guru who’s in their 30’s and also ‘run away!’ I taught in Sri Lanka, on board a container ship (!), travelled through Cambodia and seem to find myself in Greece now.
    Check out my blog and adventures and hope to chat about a possible guest post from you some day.

    Bex recently posted..League of Expat Writers (LEW): Greece & Christmas foods

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Dec 25, 2012 Reply

      Hey, sorry about the late reply to this!

      I would love to be in touch regarding a blog post exchange!!

  8. posted by
    It’s an EU thing
    Feb 6, 2013 Reply

    Cool blog! You just got yourself a new follower πŸ™‚
    It’s an EU thing recently posted..Free city tours in Europe

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Feb 9, 2013 Reply

      Thank you!

  9. posted by
    Feb 9, 2013 Reply

    Hey Elaine,
    awesome blog, like browsing through your posts while sitting on a sofa dreaming of being on the road again:)
    Keep on travelling and posting. As long as I am stationary I will read… will be on the road to Alaska from May on, so then there will be less time for reading again…
    cheers Nat

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Feb 9, 2013 Reply

      Thank you so much for your comment. How long are you going to Alaska for? I would love to visit Alaska, it is high up on my Bucket List!

      • posted by
        Feb 10, 2013 Reply

        I will be up in Alaska for the whole summer season. We are currently remodelling an old school bus for our adventure holiday and we will run five trips up there. Well, if you are interested check out my website and maybe you are joining us this summer!?

  10. posted by
    Jul 23, 2013 Reply

    I really advise you to go on a trip trough hole South Africa for like 3 weeks, the counrty is AMAZING, the only downside is that there is a lot of crime..

    BTW, nice blog!

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Dec 12, 2013 Reply

      I would love to visit South Africa, it seems like an incredible place. I have heard about the crime, it’s such a shame that crime is a downside of travelling. Fortunately, I have not really been affected by crime when travelling – but I certainly don’t take safety for granted anywhere.

      Do you have any recommendations for South Africa?

  11. posted by
    Lee Kierdorf
    Apr 7, 2014 Reply

    I will be in Scandinavia later this month. If I came to Stockholm, would you show me some of the city? If you want to just give me advice tidbits on where to eat, sleep, go, etc – (for cheap), that would be fine, too.

    I am five pictures down – next to Lenin statue:


    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Apr 26, 2014 Reply

      Hi, I am not actually around in Stockholm much this month. There are lots of National holidays so I will be travelling a lot πŸ˜€

      Stockholm is not cheap, sadly. Accommodation is expensive, but hostels will be the cheapest option. There are a few cool boat hostels that would be worth checking out, as Stockholm is completely surrounded by water.

      Foodwise, the cheapest food you will get is the street-stands that sell hot dogs, and burgers. Next there are the pizzerias and kebab joints. Swedes are crazy about kebab! Again, this is relatively cheap and simple food. They are okay, but don’t expect gourmet! Vapiano’s is a nice Italian chain restaurant that is probably the cheapest more upmarket restaurant.

      When are you here?

  12. posted by
    May 21, 2014 Reply

    Hi, I love your website. It’s very inspiring πŸ™‚
    Actually, I was thinking about traveling around Southeast Asia and eventually maybe stay there for a year or two. The problem is my budget doesn’t allow me to stay that long, so I have to find some way to make money during my stay. Can you please give me some advice if you’re knowledgeable in this area?
    Does teaching there necessarily require being a native English speaker? I am not obviously but I am fluent in three languages, does that help in any way?
    Thank you in advance for helping me

  13. posted by
    May 31, 2014 Reply

    Hi Brit, Wow you taught in Tokyo and Vietnam. I did my TEFL in Thailand in 2011, then moved to Hong Kong and taught English there for a year until 2012. I would love to know what you thought about Tokyo and Vietnam, and if you needed a degree? Email me if your interested in HK too!

    Alana πŸ™‚

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Oct 10, 2014 Reply

      Sorry about the late reply to this – I really need to figure out how to get notifications on this page!

      I needed a degree for both Tokyo and Vietnam (for work visa purposes), but I also needed a teaching degree for the school I was at in Vietnam. They were both wonderful places to live and work – Vietnam more financially accessible as Tokyo was expensive.

      I would love to work in HK, so any info you could share would be appreciated.

  14. posted by
    Oct 14, 2014 Reply


    I recently discovered your blog and it’s become one of my few favourites. I love how personal and provocative your posts are. I also love the way you travel: as oppose to travelling just to build up bragging rights on how many places you’ve been to or how many attractions you’ve seen, your trips seem to be much more meaningful. Travelling has always been a passion of mine and I’m lucky enough to hold my dream job as a flight attendant as well. Perhaps I’ll bump into you somewhere on this wonderful planet!


  15. posted by
    Dec 10, 2014 Reply

    Love the blog – are you from Birmingham?


  16. posted by
    Sep 1, 2015 Reply

    Love the honesty. It’s refreshing.

  17. posted by
    Sep 8, 2016 Reply

    I stumbled upon your site when researching safety concerns for my upcoming visit to La Paz / Bolivia… Your experiences, advice and associated comments have been very helpful.
    Hopefully La Paz will be a rewarding, incident free experience!

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Sep 10, 2016 Reply

      Honestly, I really liked La Paz and personally did not feel intimidated or threatened. Keep your wits about you, but don’t let anxiety make you paranoid or overshadow the experience. La Paz is a cool city to be in. Enjoy your trip!!

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