Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand
Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand

I’m Abbi and he’s James.

We’re a young couple from the UK who are very unlike one another, apart from one big factor: our main passion is to see as much of the world as possible.

I started Spin the Windrose in August 2014, primarily so I can share my experiences abroad with friends, family, and many others, whether they have travelled as far as the four corners of the Earth or just to their neighbouring town. I hope that by writing about my travels I will be able to inspire others to get out there and see the beautiful world we live in. I love to hear from readers and really hope you enjoy this blog, so please do get in touch if there’s anything you’d like to say!

For details on where we’ve been, see this page and to keep up with our travels as they happen, check out my monthly roundup posts here or follow us on social media.

Where did the name, ‘Spin the Windrose’ come from?

To be truthful it took a long time to come up with ‘Spin the Windrose’! After exhausting all variations of travel/ nomad/ wandering/ adventure-style names, we somehow stumbled upon the word ‘windrose.’ It’s technically two words but I think it looks better as one. A windrose is another name for a compass. This word just seemed to fit; James has a tattoo of a compass on his right forearm and my middle name is Rose. The ‘Spin the’ part followed on quite easily; I wanted to imply the feeling of freedom to be able to go anywhere you wish; you can simply spin the windrose.

Preah Kahn Temple, Angkor, Cambodia
Preah Kahn Temple, Angkor, Cambodia
Our travel philosophy

James and I are budget travellers, so a lot of the information on this blog will include reasonably priced places to eat, stay, etc. We try to save as much as possible, mostly so that we can travel for longer. I think this is because I have always lived quite a thifty lifestyle, even before deciding to save to travel.

Everybody has their own way of travelling and different opinions on what it means to them. Some people enjoy city breaks where they can see the main sights and attractions, others take a two week vacation to escape their year-round 9 to 5 job. Whilst I’ve done both of these, I prefer longer-term, slow travel, as I believe that the only way I can truly learn about a country is by immersing myself in its culture – not just seeing it but living it.

I don’t believe that there is a right or wrong way to travel, I just believe that everyone should travel if they have the chance; to escape their comfort zones, to relax, to learn about different cultures, to help local communities, and to see new places.

Eating strawberries on the roof in Naples, Italy
Eating strawberries on the roof in Naples, Italy
A little bit about Abbi

In August 2014, I graduated from Warwick University with a 2:1 in French Studies with Italian, having spent my third year abroad in France and Italy. My travel bug stems from my passion for languages: I first decided I wanted to learn Italian and live in Italy in 2009 on a family holiday to Rome, but it was during my year abroad that I decided I wanted to travel further. I don’t really have “life plan” and at this stage, I don’t really feel like I need one. I feel there is too much pressure on young people to decide what they want to do with their lives immediately after leaving education. For now, James and I are taking life as it comes. We both have big dreams for the future and travelling will be our priority for the next couple of years, at the very least.

In front of the Akshardham Temple, New Delhi, India
In front of the Akshardham Temple, New Delhi, India
A little bit about James

James has always had two main passions: music and travelling. He plays the drums and guitar, has lyrics tattooed on his arm and won’t go anywhere without his iPod. He’s wanted to travel ever since he moved away from home to go to university in Newcastle to study Business. He spent time fundraising for charity to cycle 750km through the Indian Himalayas and climb Mount Kilimanjaro in his academic holidays. He first suggested the idea that me and him go travelling after university over two years before we even got together as a couple!

Social Media

Instagram: @spinthewindrose

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Twitter: @spinthewindrose

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or drop me an email at spinthewindrose[at]gmail[dot]com

Where are we now?

Current location: Home (UK) 

Mutton Cove, Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
Mutton Cove, Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

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