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My name is Fiona, the Australian blogger behind Travelling Thirties. I began travelling abroad when I was 18 years old and I have not stopped since.
Travel have always been something that has just a “thing” in my family. I am very fortunate that my parents travelled from a very young age. When I was just 7 my parents took me out of school for a term to travel around Australia. Travel has always been part of our family and I knew it was something I wanted to do too. It was never seen as something that was odd or unusual.
During my time at University I embarked on a couple of adventures abroad. My very first trip abroad was a weeklong trip to Port Villa, Vanuatu with my older sister. Let’s just say, apart from owning passports we knew very little about how to actually travel. The first night away we decided to have dinner in our hotel. When we asked for the bill we just saw the price at 6,000!! We both panicked and decided we had no idea how we were going to pay for this (we were both poor university students after all!). After a little while, we discovered it was actually 6,000 vatu which converted to roughly $60!
After completing my Science degree at University, I wasn’t quite ready to take on a full-time job. So, despite the warnings from my parents that I wasn’t ready, I packed my bags (and my bagpipes!) and moved 10,500 miles away to the North of Scotland. At the time, I had $500, a one-way ticket and absolutely no clue. Some-how, I managed to survive for 5 years.
After moving home, I decided to get a “real job” and became a full-time Science teacher! My students are so sick of hearing about my travel adventures. I am still working as a full-time Science teacher, but take full advantage of being able to travel in every term break.
Since receiving that dinner bill, I have lived abroad for five years, travelled to 35+ countries, countless cities and spent more time than I can count living out of a backpack. I have volunteered with Gibbons in Thailand, moved to Scotland with no more than $500 and a one-way ticket, swung off a cliff in New Zealand, Sky Dived in Australia, been pick pocketed in Rome, had my breath taken away at the Top of Europe, seen the Northern Lights in Finland and had Bali Belly in Kuta!
Along the way I have so learned so much about planning adventures, budgeting whilst on the road and saving (well more than $500) for a trip. One of the most important things I have learnt along the way is about myself!
I have decided that it is time for me to share the lessons that I have learnt and the amazing places I have been with other like minded people. I would love for you to join me on my adventures!
Please get in touch with me, I would love to hear your travel stories and tips. If there is something you would like to hear about on the blog let me know!
Speak to you soon!