The Shortish Version
Born in the Caribbean, I currently call Brisbane, Australia home . I've been travelling since 2004, where I spent a year in South America, volunteering, learning to dive and speak Spanish and generally finding my travel feet.
Ever since then, I've taken short breaks of 6 - 8 weeks travelling around Latin America mostly. I generally travel on my own but have sometimes dragged along some curious friends or family.
Besides travel, I also love animals and you can often find me cuddling a potentially rabid street dog while passersby look on in confusion.
I'm a vegetarian and have found some great places to eat (Mexico, rice, beans and beer) and some pretty challenging places (Peru, where all they seem to eat is fish). I do love my meal times and have a bad habit of not taking advantage of my hostel kitchen and heading out to taste test the smorgasbord that is street food.
I love portrait photography and am always trying to get some great candid shots of my companions and people I meet along the way. I also love writing and hope to get my creative juices flowing by way of this blog.
The Life Story
I was born to Susan and Nicholas in a small island nation in the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago, in 1986.
My parents, brother, sister and I moved to Brisbane, Australia in June 1998 and started a new life in Redcliffe, a sleepy beach town 30 minutes north of Brisbane, Queensland.
As a girl of 13, adapting to the Australian way of life, in what was then just a big town, was quite difficult. The food was strange, the people almost spoke a different language and at the time it was quite rare to see a person of colour outside of the indigenous race.
I eventually adapted, as did my sister and brother and we were soon dubbed “Aussies” by our new friends.
At 18 years old, after just one year of joining the workforce, I decided to take a year off and travel around South America. Breaking my mother’s heart a little, I headed off and landed in Quito, Ecuador for 6 months of volunteer work.
After adapting to the latin way of life in Ecuador, I explored northern Peru and Colombia followed by my first visit back to Trinidad in xx years.
After this very first trip, I more than had the travel bug and longed to return but found it difficult to manage my expenses when I was there. I found a job I thought I would be happy to tear myself away from and started planning to go away two years after.
Plans changed and I somehow found myself entrenched in the business world, surprisingly good at being a "business woman". I specialised in project management, IT delivery and change management and felt quite happy with a job that I loved, making money to support some smaller trips (6-8 weeks a year).
After 10 years of only getting a little taste of life on the road and finding myself ultimately working to pay for a lifestyle that I started to find a bit material and indulgent, (just one big night out with my friends could fund 3 or 4 days of travelling and do I really need another sheet set?) I decided to hit the road again and see if I still have it in me to live frugally and see where the wind takes me.
I see this blog as way to channel my creativity, I'm not sure I could go a whole year without having something to work on, and I hope you enjoy my writing and get something out of it.
Thanks for reading my life story!