A Life in London vs A Life Travelling



I lived in London almost 21 years of my life, I literally thought I was living in one of the best cities in the world. Everything is easy access in London, you don’t need to travel far to a fancy restaurant or a good night out its all on your doorstep. I didn’t know any better way of living life I thought this was the life! After my 21st birthday I wanted  a change. I had set a goal for myself on my 18th birthday that I would travel around South America when I turned 21. So I decided I had to make it happen. But only one problem, MONEY! Saving money in London is really hard unless you have a decent salary that is paying you over 2.5k a year.

I decided I will have to work to get myself to South America. So I applied to work as a chef on a cruise ship and a week later I got a contract and in a month I was off, my adventure began. I did a world tour, I eventually got South America in December 2015 I was travelling around South America for a month. It was amazing! Travelled through the amazon, I got to see Pink Dolphins! My whole experience was life changing. Even though I had to work really hard travelling around the world I would trade my life in London to be able to travel. Its the best education and life experience you can give yourself. The life in London was not so great anymore. I knew there was other cities and countries that would give me a better, happier way of living life.



Living in London


  • You will always find work easily
  • Everything you need is local
  • Great transport services
  • Great for a social life
  • Events on everyday


  • Expensive accommodation for small space
  • Expensive to have a car or to use public transport
  • Having a great night out comes at a cost
  • Not so friendly people
  • Not a lot of sunshine
  • Pollution
  • The weather is not so great which probably contributes to the unfriendly vibe





  • It can be educational and spiritual
  • Most of the countries are cheaper compared to London
  • Cheaper transportation
  • Get to see natural beauty
  • Friendly locals
  • Get to meet other travellers
  • You’ll make life long friends from around the world
  • It will change your life and keep you open minded


  • Not every place is safe
  • You need to save a couple of thousands to travel
  • You will miss friends and family a lot
  • Not every country will have your favourite food or snacks

I have not decided where I would like to live permanently but since coming off the ship I have not returned to live in London and I probably never will. I am currently packing to live in the French Alps for 3 months.



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Rakia C.J

23 year old freelancer that loves to travel and express myself creatively. My goal is to: Spread love, positivity and inspire others.

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