“My name is [Holly]. So what else do you need to know… Stuff about my family or where I’m from?
None of that matters… Not once you’re across the ocean and cut loose. Looking for something more beautiful, something more exciting… and, yes I admit… something more dangerous.
So after 18 hours in the back of an airplane, 3 dumb movies, 2 plastic meals, 6 beers and absolutely no sleep… I finally touched down…”
My first solo journey started straight after finishing high school when I embarked on a gap year around North America. This was also my first experience as a travel writer. Creating content on-the-go for publications such as BoundRound, Views on Top and my own personal blog (still blooming).
After returning home, I knew it was a career I wanted to pursue, and I continued to write and take photographs for publications such as Yahoo7! Travel, Out and About with Kids Magazine, Travel Monitor, Flight Centre, and expanding my own blog THATraveller.com. Having completed various photography courses, I was able to incorporate my love for landscape imagery with my stories. Now, five years on I have travelled all around Europe with companies such as Contiki and Busabout, and independently around various locations in Indonesia, Japan and Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, and domestically all over Australia, all whilst completing my university degree in Tourism Management from home.
A Little More;
> Country I Dream of Visiting: Iceland
> Favourite Country: New Zealand
> Favourite Place Visited: Queenstown, NZ
> Favourite Family Trip: Mount Buller, VIC
> Favourite National Park: Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND / Banff National Park
> Favourite Bridge: Lions Gate Bridge
> Favourite Beach: Piha Beach, Auckland
> Favourite Island: Ambon Islands, Saparua, Indonesia
> Favourite Cities: New York City, San Francisco, Sydney, Queenstown, Rome
> Favourite Accommodation:
- The Fairmont Waterfront – Vancouver,
- The Hotel Beacon – New York City,
- The Shangri-La – Tokyo,
- Veranda Resort – Pattaya, Thailand
- Sanctoo Villas, Bali
> Places I’d love to visit: Africa, Hawaii, Iceland, New Orleans, Kakadu
> Favourite Locals: Canadians
> Favourite Place for Food: Thailand, Japan, Italy
> Favourite mode of transportation: Flying with a window seat
> Longest Transit: Sydney > Jakarta > Frankfurt > London
> Shortest Transit: Probably Sydney > Melbourne/Gold Coast
> Favourite way to Travel: With a suitcase
> Do you like travelling alone? Yes, travelling alone can make you feel very independent
> Favourite Ice Cream: Connoisseur Caramel Honey Macadamia
> Favourite TV Shows: TWD, GoT, Prison Break, Veronica Mars, FRIENDS, TVD, Teen Wolf
> Favourite Drink: DARE Iced Coffee Double Espresso
> Favourite Food: Thai Chicken Larb (but I’m vegetarian so I have it with fake chicken!)