About

A 27-year-old based on Vancouver Island, Canada, I grew up in rural North Yorkshire, England, with a love of writing and a zest for the outdoors and an active lifestyle. I embarked on my first experience of solo travel aged 19 and went on to become an adventure enthusiast in the summer months between my university studies. A necessary form of education, my travel experiences have given me a valuable insight into global trends in human behaviour and interaction. They have allowed me to witness the natural beauty of mankind and our environment, as well as the challenges faced by both in an increasingly digital, materialistic, and polluted world.

After graduating from King’s College London in 2014 with a BA in History, I spent a few months travelling before giving in to the need to find a job, and it was then that my career in staffing and recruitment began. Although studying in London had been a worthwhile experience, the big bustling city life wasn’t for me and I used my vacation days to escape the capital for either the Yorkshire countryside, short trips to Europe, or a reunion with Vancouver Island. In late 2016, I left England to pursue my dream of living and working in Canada, and in late 2018 I became a Permanent Resident.

While I thoroughly enjoy my full-time job, writing has always been my defining skill and passion. Alongside travel, it’s a form of natural therapy that helps me process feelings and understand experiences in a world increasingly full of conflict, corruption and conceitedness. Maintaining work-life balance is very important to me, and I look for opportunities to travel and explore whenever I can! However, I am not an advocate of quitting your 9-5 job to travel the world full-time, because I believe you can combine both of these elements and live a happy and healthy life.

My posts tend to be retrospective and thematic, allowing me to reflect thoroughly on all aspects of the travel and expat experience. I love adventure and photography, but in this blog I hope to offer more than tourist guides and pretty pictures. For me, travel writing is a chance to discuss sociological lessons learned on the road, in order to stimulate questions and help improve one’s understanding of humanity.  Here I aim to share intimate observations and stories about my experiences that I hope illustrate how enlightening, inspiring and fulfilling travelling can be.

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12 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Shannon!
    Es war ein harter Weg dich zu finden 😉
    Ich hoffe ihr hattet noch einen schönen Abend und Aufenthalt in Amsterdam. Der Silvesterabend war sehr lustig mit euch – wollte fragen, ob du uns ein paar Fotos davon zukommen lassen kannst?

    Liebe Grüße aus Graz, Sascha

    PS: cooler Reiseblog !

  2. Hey Sascha!
    Vielen Dank, das ist sehr nett von dir. Und danke für lesen! Ich denke, dass nächst ich über Amsterdam schreiben werde 🙂
    Ja sie war eine sehr lustige Nacht! Nach die Feuerwerk wollten wir in die Kneipe zurückkehren, aber wir nicht durften waren. Ich hatte ein paar Fotos von euch, aber sie nicht so gut waren, deshalb löschte ich sie! Aber ich werde dir ein paar von der Feuerwerk per Email senden. Hoffe, dass ihr eine tolle Reise auch hattet!
    Glückliches neues Jahr! Bis Österreich 😉

  3. Hi, I moved from Cumbria, England to Victoria during the Summer 2017 of this year with my family. I’ve just stumbled upon you’re blog via Facebook as I’m still in the stages of flirting between being homesick an enjoying life more being here. I will keep reading you’re blog, thank you for sharing your experiences as it’s nice to read an know there are many Brits here in the same boat!!

    • Hi Nicola! Thanks for getting in touch, it’s lovely to get comments like this :). I hope you’re enjoying BC so far! I know all too well how challenging life as an expat can be, especially in Victoria. Feel free to connect anytime!

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