Hello, hej, hallo, hola – welcome to On The Fly, a “travel blog” by name because that’s the easiest way to sum it up! I’m Fizz, and I started this blog some years ago as a fresh-out-of-exams 18-year-old who struggled to describe herself once the word “student” was no longer entirely accurate. I adore athletics and the gym, good food (either cooked by me or for me), travelling, live music, my family and my cats. I’m equally happy dancing the night away as I am tucked in bed watching Netflix.
After school, I took a gap year to work, relax and travel, which is how I ended up in the Galapagos islands (incidentally, unknown to both of us at the time, meeting my now boyfriend). That was 2020, meaning that my plans changed somewhat, but I managed to get to university as intended that autumn, and I am now an undergratuate Psychology student. I call North Yorkshire home, but I study in the midlands, and I just spent a fabulous year in Gothenburg in Sweden. During this time I travelled more than I ever have before, at times barely being home for more than a few days at a time. It was wonderful, and something I never expected for myself.
In the early days of the blog I loved sharing my travel experiences, tips for eco-friendly living and, occasionally, some more reflective posts about whatever I felt the need to write down. I’ve especially loved being able to work with other bloggers for my interview series.
Since then though, I’ve taken a long hiatus and come to the realisation that blogging for the sake of blogging isn’t for me, so I took a step back from trying to churn out weekly posts and stopped curating the perfect Instagram feed. Nowadays, On The Fly is where I recount my personal travel experiences so I have something to look back on, and for family and friends (and perhaps the occasional other blogger) to read. I simply enjoy being able to share what I’ve seen and learned about new places, and my posts are often packed with the random nuggets of information that I gather while I’m away.
In the future, I’d like to turn in a new direction and incorporate some interesting opinion or analysis pieces about travel. I never feel quite qualified to write travel guides – even in places I’ve stayed for a long time, like my hometown or Gothenburg. But one thing I can write about is my experience, as a young, timid person travelling, as someone just discovering solo travel, as someone who’s spent the last few months doing things she never even dreamed of. That I can write about!
Why the name? Well, at the time of starting the blog, it really did feel like I was winging it, or making everything up “on the fly” – and I liked the pun. It continues to ring true, as recently I’ve found myself not planning further than a few days in advance. Unfortunately, it does make a lot of people think I’m a fly fishing blog, but after this long, it’s stuck, and I’ll remain On The Fly!
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