Here is my stab at it, I hope it helps:
I'm studying English because I love traveling and as I want to get around the world. I'll need to learn it quickly. Besides, it will be essential to talk to people, ask for info and recommendations, and make friends.
I'd never thought about studying English, in fact I didn't like it, but after my first international travel I've changed my mind. So decided to speak English as quickly as possible.
I have been studying English by myself for 6 months now. At the moment, I'm studying at home and I've been reading a lot and listening podcasts every day for about 1-2hours (a day - I assume here that those 1-2 hours would cover both acitivities).
Even though I find it difficult to study by myself and not easy to stay always motivated. Anyway, I think I've improved quite a lot.
Congrats on your making the decision to study. Announcing that to people around and seeking help is a sign that you are off to a good start!