About The Urban Wanderer
Hi, and welcome to theurbanwanderer.co.uk, I’m Sarah – The Urban Wanderer. I’m a thirty something outdoorsey city dweller who loves nothing more than exploring the offbeat and alternative wherever I go.
The Urban Wanderer is a Manchester UK outdoor and travel blog.
My slogan for my travels and for the blog is “For curious minds and wandering feet wherever they may be”. This means that the things that I feature on the blog are for those who love to explore, discover and learn. And it doesn’t matter whether that is in your own city or miles away across the world. There is always something to discover.
Together with my other half, Jit, we love to travel both in the UK and abroad seeking out the lesser visited and more unusual sides of the place we go. My focus is on affordable couples travel for those with ties at home (we have six cat!), who want to make the most of their time away without breaking the bank.
We choose to stay in Airbnb places further from town so that we can get a feel for how it would be to live there too – you never know, we might one day move to The Netherlands!
I am a vegetarian and love nothing more than hunting out the best vegan and veggie places in town. But I also love to cook too, so find the best places to buy vegan friendly goodies, another great way to save some pennies while travelling.
Around 5 years ago, I got myself off crutches after being on them for over ten years following a knee injury. I was spurred on to get back on my feet and exploring after defeating a 12 foot sand dune in Portugal, on a photography holiday, complete with rucksack, camera in one hand and crutch in the other.
Since then I have made it my mission to explore and live life on foot. Living it myself helps to inspire other people to get out there no matter where they live or what level they are at. Exploring on foot means that you really get to know a place, warts and all. I love that and how I feel like I live there too.
Last year we really started getting the travel bug and managed to fit in much more than we ever thought was possible. Our travels included Wales, London, Paris and Rotterdam; Amsterdam, Cheshire, Lancashire, Krakow, Brussels and more. We hiked, walked and explored cities as well as taking a trip or two on a boat. To find out more, check out my review of the year. We saw unique museums, trod lesser walked paths and hunted out the alternative experiences.
This year, we are still in the planning stages but certainly have some ideas up our sleeves. If you would like to help us to get away or will give us a bucket list tick, then please get in touch. We’re always up for attending events, museums and galleries and other places of interest too.
How The Urban Wanderer started
Back in 2016, while away in Rotterdam on one of our first trips, I had a revelation while urban wandering. Having become somewhat disillusioned about my food blogging, I realised that travel and outdoors was where my passion really lay. Exploring on foot, on a whim and following your nose to discover wonderful things. In that short break I not only found a blog that would make me smile every time I sat down to type, but a love for a new city, culture and language. So much so that I’m now learning Dutch!
You can read more about my Rotterdam adventures and the birth of The Urban Wanderer in my blog post on my first birthday last year.
Even after a year, my love for this blog hasn’t faltered. I am hoping that there are even more great adventures to come and am looking forward to seeing where my adventures take me (and us!) next.
If you’d like to get in touch you can find my details on my contact page. I also welcome approaches by PR companies looking to collaborate. Check out my work with me page for more information about my blog stats. A media kit is also available on request.
…and the other sides of The Urban Wanderer
As well as being The Urban Wanderer, I’m a Transformative Coach at Your Happy Life and a food blogger at Susty Meals and know how much food, movement and connection goes to building a healthy lifestyle that will keep you happy and motivated.
Oh yeah, I’m also an eco-friendly cat loving artist with a passion for the surreal. (I love all animals really, but cats are my favourite having six furry friends in my family) I’m sure you’ll get to know more about me and my crazy ways in my posts.
I believe that the world can be seen in so many ways thorough walking – I’m kind of a modern day Charles Dickens, but in Manchester and a woman! So join me in my wanderings, enjoy my musings and findings and grab some inspiration for your own urban or countryside adventures.
For now, get outside and keep exploring!