Hi I'm Rebecca! I'm a travel writer, journalist, media relations specialist, yoga teacher, university tutor and step mum to two kids. Oh, and now I blog in all that spare time I have!
I got my love of travel from my grandparents, passed down like a treasured family heirloom, but in my view far more valuable.
They were both in the airforce and travelled during the war and after it. When they retired, their love of travel continued and so did their many tales, which instilled in me a thirst to follow in their footsteps.
It was my Grandpa who gave me the money when I finished uni and was too freaked out by the prospect of getting a real job that I ran away to the U.S. to work in ski resorts. For a girl from Perth who had barely ever felt cold, let alone minus 65 with the wind chill factor, it was quite the experience. I spent six months working and travelling across the U.S. and my love of travel was cemented.
After years of building a successful journalism career, and many, many travels, I finally took a leap of faith and followed my dream of being a travel writer. I quit my full time job, sold my house, got rid of just about everything I owned and headed off to Asia. I spent the first two years based in Bali and a third year based nowhere in particular.
I became a yoga teacher and spent a great deal of time in yoga classes and retreats around Asia, writing stories and calling it a job. It was an amazing three years, but, like anything, it had its time and I moved back to Perth and took up a full time job with public relations consultancy Campaign Capital. Now I travel like most people: using up any annual leave and public holidays I can get. This means that I've started doing a lot more travel close to home in the amazing state of Western Australia. I love this place, and I really hope to inspire others to get out and see it.
On top of my job, I get on the radio and talk about travel every second Saturday morning (around 6:50am) on ABC720. I also did a stint on Perth station 882 6pr, and you can listen to MP3s under the Listen tab on this blog. There will be heaps of info on the blog that I've talked about on the radio, but there'll also be lots of stuff specifically written for the blog. You'll also find a mix of articles that were originally printed in newspapers and magazines, which I've updated.
My grandparents spent the last 20 years of their travels hitching up their caravan and joining the grey nomads on the yearly pilgrimage to Broome in northern Western Australia to escape the winter. One day I hope to follow them, but for now, there's this blog. Happy Travels!