I’m a 28 year old Australian who spends more time traveling abroad than I do in my home country! I have a passion for travel and worldwide exploration, so when I realized that freelance writing and travel blogging (Mapping Megan & Waking Up Wild)was a career path which meant I could work online with the freedom and flexibility of not being tied down to a location, it was a dream come true.
I’ve always had a passion for storytelling, and I completed a journalism degree. When I began traveling in 2007, I started a blog so family and friends could track my movements. It wasn’t until 2013, however, that I realized this platform had the potential to bring in a full-time income. So I put everything I had into transitioning from a hobby blog into an adventure travel brand.
I have been writing in the travel niche ever since; guides, videos, interviews with people we meet on the road, and narratives about our adventures.
You have an unlimited travel budget for 24 hours. Give me your itinerary.
Unlimited budget? Jump on a flight to Antarctica (a cruise would be more appropriate with more time), and spend the whole day hiking, kayaking, exploring, swimming, taking a zodiac past floating glacial ice, witnessing the incredible wildlife, and camping on the ice to enjoy the sensation of complete silence at the end of the day!
You have won the lottery. Tell me where you want to live.
Iceland. Iceland by far is one of our favorite places in the world, and I would love to live there if I could. It is one of the last untouched destinations left on earth. It’s exotic, so naturally beautiful, and largely untouched by tourism which we absolutely love.
The scenery takes your breath away. Waterfalls, glaciers, dramatic fjords, there is inspiring scenery at every turn. Majestic glaciers grind their way through cracked lava fields, gushing geysers explode with a powerful force, glittering ice caps pierce the sky, and vibrant green fjords rise from the mist of geothermal lagoons.
Iceland is a country defined by its outdoors, and there is so much opportunity here for adventure. Outdoor adventure is what we live for, so what better reason to pick up and move!
Your favorite travel resource on the web?
Going to cast a wide net here and say Google! Answers to absolutely everything and anything you could ever need.
What is the superpower you most want?
Teleportation. The worst thing about travel is the travel itself – as in the physical act of transiting. If I could cut out the 20 hour flights (I’m from Australia), cut out immigration queues, and never have to eat plastic airplane food again it would be the happiest day of my life!
What’s fuels your passion for travel?
I started traveling for the adventure, adrenaline and excitement because there is nothing monotonous about travel! It didn’t take me long to realize I wanted to see the world in living color as opposed to watching it on a television screen. I wanted to actually feel, taste and experience the world instead of settling for the version I was reading in books.
It’s a completely different experience to journey to the Pyramids of Giza than to watch it on a History Channel documentary. It’s a completely different emotion to watch the sun set over the African Plains while on safari than it is to see someone else’s photo and think “wow!”
Why do you write?
I’ve always had a passion for writing, and it’s a fantastic way to preserve the memory of our trips abroad. Now though it’s also my income, so writing pays the rent!
Do your family and friends support your traveling escapades?
We’re very lucky to be surrounded by supportive friends and family. While I used to get asked when we would be “settling down”, now the questions are always “where to next”.
What’s on your bucket list?
It was Antarctica. Though we’re fortunate enough to have just returned. Now I’m setting my sights high and saying the moon. If anyone can get me in a room with Richard Branson please reach out. I’m certain I can convince him to put me on a Virgin Galactic flight to be the first blogger to the moon!
Can you imagine life without travel?
No. Travel isn’t just a hobby or something I do, travel is who I am. It’s become such a huge part of my life and my identity as a person that I would be imagining a completely different human being.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
Most likely I would have stayed on the path to family law, and been aiming for a corner office somewhere. A much more conventional and traditional path for life than my current digital nomad status now!
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Just go!! Sounds like straightforward advice right? You would be surprised by how many people don’t travel or live the life of their dreams because of fear, the unknown, or just never getting around to it. I try to live by the notion that twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do. I personally don’t want to look back and wonder where my life went.
More often than not the only thing, which is holding you back, is you. So just go!
Your single most treasured personal possession.
My external hardrive – it holds the photos and videos from every trip.
Language you’d most like to be fluent in?
Mandarin. Because (a) people are impressed; and (b), let’s face it, China will probably be running the world one day!
Can you tell us about your next adventure.
We’ve recently returned from an incredible expedition to Antarctica with Chimu Adventures. So right now our next adventure is reliving the incredible experience we had by editing photos, sharing our stories on the blog, and putting a million hours of video footage together!