About me

Hello! I’m Natalie. 27 years young. From a little town just outside Belfast in Northern Ireland. A freckle faced paediatric OT; crafter; and lover of travel.


In 2014 myself and my other half (Jonny) had a “quarter life crisis”. We realised we totally weren’t ready to settle down; we certainly didn’t want a mortgage; we were still waaay too young to be popping out any babies; and doing the whole adult thing of working 9-5 was getting a little boring. So, we applied for career breaks from our NHS jobs and our lovely bosses agreed to give us a whole year off to explore the world!

Our adventure began on April 1st 2015 and without a doubt our decision to travel was the best decision we have ever made. 50 shades of freckles started as my way of keeping our friends & family updated on what we were getting up to on our trip. I also hoped that it would inspire & inform anyone who happened to stumble upon it! I quickly realised how much I loved writing about travel and voila! This website was born.

If you’re wondering “why 50 shades of freckles?!” it’s purely because we’re two incredibly freckly people when the sun hits our northern Irish (and ginger!) skin!


I hope you enjoy reading about our adventures and that they inspire you to explore the world!