Who's Monica Stott?
Introducing our new social media specialist
If you told me 18 months ago that I would be a social media specialist I probably would have laughed at you. If I'm totally honest I don't think I even knew what a social media specialist was.
I was backpacking around Australia at the time and living out of the back of a rusty old campervan but I knew that eventually I'd have to face the real world and get a 'proper job'.
I had no idea about what kind of job I wanted, all I knew was that I loved to travel, I loved sharing my travel stories and I loved using social media to connect with other travellers. After a brief stint in local journalism (which wasn't nearly as fun as it looks in Superman) I moved to London in search of fame and fortune and that elusive 'dream job', which I eventually found at gapyear.com.
While I travelled I'd blogged about my trip but I had no idea that this casual hobby would eventually lead to working as a social media specialist. I'd accidentally learnt all about writing travel stories, SEO, photography and using social media.
I was pretty much born with a huge case of wanderlust so I'd always planned to travel. I'd been busy saving for a gap year since I had a paper round when I was 11 and I was on the first flight to Hong Kong as soon as I finished uni.
I spent five months backpacking around Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos and it was around about this time that I knew I'd been bitten by the travel bug and life would never be the same again.
I flew over to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa and after working day and night I finally had enough money to buy a campervan and complete my dream trip...driving around Australia in a campervan!
It took us a year to do it and we stopped off to work and earn more money along the way. My favourite job by far was working on an island off the west coast of Australia where we spent our days fishing, diving and generally entertaining the island guests.
On my way home from Australia I spent a month chilling out in Indonesia before travelling to Singapore, Borneo, Kuala Lumpur and finally Thailand for one long, epic party before returning to the UK.
Highlights from the trip?
Learning to scuba dive was one of the best things I did while I was away. I've never been much of a swimmer but diving is an incredible experience that everyone should try at least once even if it's just to say, 'I found Nemo!'
Climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo was probably the toughest walk of my life but was so worth it. It's the tallest mountain in South East Asia and took two days to climb. We reached the peak in time for sunrise and it was incredible to see the sun rise from above the clouds.
Exploring Komodo Island in Indonesia was something I never thought I'd do but I couldn't say no to a three day boat trip around the islands. We slept on the deck of a rickety old fishing boat and visited tiny villages and perfect snorkelling spots but the best part was seeing the Komodo Dragons in the wild.
What will I be doing for gapyear.com?
I'll be maintaining the social networks for gapyear.com like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. If you haven't checked out our other social networks yet then come over and say hello!
I'll use these networks to share the best content from the site, let you know what's going on in the wonderful world of gap years and I'll also be sharing some travel inspiration that's going to make you want to jump on the first plane out of here.
Best thing about the job?
Getting to chat about travel ALL DAY.
Worst thing about the job?
Suffering from travel envy every time someone tells me all about their amazing trip they're planning.
If you're interested in what Monica's going to be up to day-to-day then it's easy to follow. Make sure you like us on our Facebook page - currently it's awesome and you'll hear all about our latest comps too. Also, follow us on Twitter for gap year news and inspiration. There may be the occasional pic of moudly sandwiches...
And of course, lastly, you're going to be seeing a lot of Monica on the message boards (she's a bit of a gap year expert) so make sure you make her feel welcome!
About the Author: Monica Stott
Monica is the social media specialist and content writer for gapyear.com. She's a Twitter addict, travel blogger, iphoneographer and all-round travelaholic. She took an extended gap year after uni, spending eight months in South East Asia and over a year travelling and working in Australia. She worked on a diving island and drove all the way around the coast of Australia in a rusty old campervan. Her favourite destination is Thailand where she spent two months scuba diving, practising yoga, parting during full moons, half moons, quarter moons, black moons (any excuse for a party) and eating far too much Thai red curry.