In these shoes?

I’m Vicky Inglis, and I got the taste for adventure on expedition in Belize with Raleigh International. Trekking in the jungle, sleeping in a hammock, scuba diving on the barrier reef, and working with archaeologists on Mayan temples skewed my idea of what “real life” should be.  Whilst at university I also took part in an expedition to Malawi, and kayaked and trekked through the African landscape.

After graduating with a degree in Marine Biology and a Masters in Ecotourism, I worked in conservation for several organisations, as an Environmental Education Officer, Interpretation Officer, and Environmental Youthworker. I’d spend the day in the woods hunting for the Gruffalo with teeny-tots, and watching teenagers attempt to fell trees with the power of flirting.


Following redundancy of my job in 2013, I joined the crew of the Viking longship Draken Harald Hårfagre, spending summers sailing around Norway and the British Isles.  These Vagabond Shoes. developed from a personal blog to keep in touch with family and friends, to something bigger throughout 2014. In the same year I was also shortlisted for the World Nomads Travel Writing Scholarship

I love reading about travel, and even just flicking through the atlas makes me happy.  This year, I learned to knit, and I’m currently working on a scarf and mittens for the winter.  If I could chose a superpower, I’d like the ability to breathe underwater.  My favourite cheese is Gruyère.

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8 thoughts on “In these shoes?

  1. Viking Queen July 7, 2013 / 17:20

    Hi Vicky,
    I’d choose free mooring fees wherever I go! I read the Gruffalo a few thousand times when I used to be a teacher! I’ll pass on the cheese though!!! ;0)

  2. susanwennerstrom September 17, 2013 / 14:21

    Thanks for visiting my blog! I look forward to checking in on your travels!

  3. vagabondvirginia September 25, 2013 / 18:06

    I never thought about the ability to breathe underwater as a super power! I might have to make that mine too 🙂 Only if my body can stand pressure changes too though!

  4. theamateurcamera November 6, 2013 / 16:48

    Breathing under water would definitely be a good one (great for when I eventually get to swim with wild dolphins!) but I think for me it would be the power to teleport, then I could travel to wherever I wanted to go, stay for as long as I wanted and get back home in an instant! The book I remember reading most to my children was Slinky Malinki by Lynley Dodd, great fun! 🙂

  5. Journeys By Jill January 6, 2014 / 05:02

    Thank you for following While I’m not a cheese lover, I’ve been to Gruyère. 🙂 Looking forward to following your travels.

  6. thatssojacob July 1, 2014 / 15:24

    Hey Vicky! Just tuned in and found your blog this morning. Gave you a follow – have a great day!

  7. Tim September 8, 2014 / 17:17

    You can’t beat Gruyère however I would like to be able to fly; just seems so freeing. Glad to have found your blog and look forward to following along. Tim

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