Hi there! My name is Scout Dawson, and I was born and raised in the Midlands in England.

In early 2017 I cemented the idea in my mind to live a life on the road in Scandinavia. At the time of writing (Feb 2017), this goal is still some ways off – I can’t even drive yet – but I thought it would be really interesting, fun and even educational to blog about every step of my journey. I’m not from any special kind of background. Quite average actually: low income, no trust fund, no savings.

In fact, I found a quote recently that encapsulates it all perfectly:

“Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.” – H.L. Hungt

It will be a long road and a lot of hard work. But by breaking the entire mountain down into little pebbles, it’s something that I can do. I want you to join me along that journey.

My whole life, the idea of buying a house and settling down pretty much terrified me. I was raised by old-fashioned parents who believed that a life well lived is one that is ‘by the book’; go to school, get a job, get married, have a child, continue to work, maybe more children and then retire.

I always knew that wasn’t me. My favourite stories were always ones of travel and seeing the world without the shackles of guided tourism.

If I ever brought up the idea of travelling or living nomadically, the idea was immediately shut down. It’s too dangerous, how will you afford it, but you can’t drive, you’ll be bored by yourself, you might get murdered, you’re a girl you can’t do that, etc.

You name the ‘but’, and I guarantee you I’ve heard it at least once already.

The naysayers, at this point, are only making me more determined to succeed. I want to meet other travellers, I want to see ancient landscapes and see the stars without the light and smog of the city blocking it out.

The world will be around for billions of years, but I won’t. So let’s go do this.