My story so far…

Whilst I was lucky enough to holiday frequently with my family as a child, it wasn’t until I visited Central America when I was 19 years old that my passion for travel was really ignited. Having only really seen several European countries and Florida in my childhood years, I was captivated by the exotic feeling of the lands further afield, and the cultures that are so different from the UK, Europe and the USA. Since my visit to Panama and Costa Rica in 2007 I have organised and travelled to over 35 countries spanning 6 continents. Long weekend breaks fitted in around work have allowed me to see many European cities, whilst I have also spent more time visiting different parts of the United Kingdom. I’ve also managed to do some amazing extended trips, in fact every year the length of time spent away from home seems to increase!

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My first solo trip was a 6 day trip to Jersey in 2012, when I was in between jobs. This was my first experience of travelling alone, and I was surprised to find, despite the odd moment of boredom (especially in the evenings), that it was extremely liberating and confidence building. Later that year I tagged along on a friend’s trip to Australia, spending 3 weeks travelling from Sydney to Cairns along the East Coast. In 2013, my sister and I spent a month in Asia, visiting Cambodia, Vietnam and India. It was a brilliant experience and I immediately fell in love with Asia’s unique charm. I knew it was a place I would revisit in the future with so much more to explore there! Following my month in Asia I started to plan a longer trip, I took a temporary job contract and worked on saving as much money as I could in order to quit my job to embark on the journey of a lifetime! In March 2014 I set off on my 5 month solo around the world adventure, starting in South America (where I trekked to Machu Picchu in Peru, was stunned by the beauty of The Altiplano in Bolivia and visited the majestic Easter Island), travelling to Los Angeles for a stopover and all the way back down South to Fiji and New Zealand. Following this I spent several weeks in South East Asia (staying with locals in Chiang Mai in Thailand, spotting Sumatran Orang-utans in Indonesia, and seeing the many great wonders of China). I’d decided that to complete my around the world trip, I would embark upon one of the greatest train journeys in the world! After three weeks in China I boarded the Trans-Siberian Express towards home. I spent a further three weeks crossing over the Chinese-Mongolian border, staying in a local Ger camp and stopping off in several Siberian cities throughout Russia. I crossed the Gobi desert and saw some of the most vast and spectacular landscapes I’ve ever seen. I ended my trip in St. Petersburg when I flew back to London in August 2014 and it was one of the greatest adventures of my life, and despite many ups (countless highlights) and some downs (maybe waking up to a rat sitting on my chest!), I wouldn’t have changed a thing about it.

After spending just over a year back in London and back at work it was time for the next big adventure! In March of this year, 2016, I once again left my job and left the UK to spend a year travelling and working in Australia. This time my boyfriend is travelling with me and we both got our Working Holiday Visas, which allow you to work in Australia with certain restrictions for a year if you are aged between 18 and 30. We spent the first 6 weeks of our trip travelling, visiting Singapore for a week before landing in Darwin in Northern Australia, visiting Brisbane and spending some time with family in Noosa, Queensland. As I write we are in Sydney, both working, and trying to enjoy the slightly chillier than expected Aussie winter! I have plans to holiday with friends in Bali in September, after which me and my boyfriend are travelling to Melbourne to spend some time experiencing working life there. Updates to be provided in due course!

Other than travelling I enjoy yoga, having practiced it alongside working since 2011, and I attended a 3 day yoga retreat in October 2015 back in the UK. I’m hoping to incorporate travel with yoga retreats in the future, with Asia being top of my wish list as a destination. A lot of my travel involves watching animals in their natural environments, and it’s something I particularly get enjoyment from. I’ve been whale watching several times (in Iceland, New Zealand and Australia) and enjoy boat trips and jungle treks where I can spectate but not interfere with the native wildlife. I also spent two weeks in Fiji compiling research data on Spinner Dolphins for the Whale and Dolphin Society and University of the South Pacific, which was a really great experience and I gave me a better understanding of the benefits and importance of conservation efforts. More recently I have developed an interest in photography on a more serious level, having purchased a DSLR and booked myself in for a beginners’ photography course. I’ve always travelled with a compact camera and been excited to get that perfect shot, but now I’d like to learn how to product more impressive photos on a more technical level. Check out my “Inspiration” section for my favourite photos and travel quotes!

If you’d like to find out more about exactly where I’ve been please check out my “Where in the world have I been?” page.

And for more information on some of the destinations I’ve visited and the activities I’ve done along with my recommendations, please check out my review sections!

 

If you have any questions about anything I’ve mentioned, or anything travel related, please do get in touch – I’d love to help and offer my thoughts and advice.

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Thanks for reading and safe travels,

Louise

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