So to begin, for those of you who are new to this site and don't know me, my name is Jade.
I like to think of myself as a travel enthusiast or rather someone who once went on a trip and like many before me, caught the very contagious travel bug. It all started in 2007 a year after I had left school and completed a year long college course, that travel became my life. For many, it was a year out, a gap year you would say, to have fun and discover parts the world you might never go to if you hadn't taken this time out. For me though, travelling took a strong hold of me and I developed very itchy feet. For anyone who knows me, they would say I am very spontaneous, some may even say crazy.... for adventures of course.
And I would have to agree.
I first set out to Australia all by myself unknown to the far away world, where I spent a full year working, travelling and having fun with so many other like minded 'wanderlusters' from all parts of the globe.It was here that I met many lifelong friends who would go on to draw me to various parts of the globe on further adventures.
Following Australia, I returned home and quickly set off again to Bahrain in the Middle East where I spent 4 months working in an Irish pub. I returned home to plan my 9 week trip through South East Asia with some good friends of mine whom I met in Oz.Upon returning from the Asian lifestyle to the small town of Dunboyne, I decided to move to Brighton for some laid back, beach life.
It was 4 months later that I decided to move to Canada for a year to visit fellow backpackers in their hometowns and discover the amazing country. Ten months in, Canada led me to decide on my future and my career ideas and following my return to Ireland I applied to study towards a diploma and advanced diploma in Beauty and Holistic Therapies.
In the summer between my two year course, I went backpacking around South America and the USA, before returning to complete my studies and gain my final diplomas. I finished my course with international qualifications in Beauty and Holistic Therapies. I went on to qualify as an International Yoga Teacher in India (twice- 2013 & 2015). From India I travelled all over Asia and then worked for the NGO Greenpeace in New Zealand for 9 months before making my way back to the west (In my blog 'Journey back to the West'). On the way back I returned to India and many other places including various countries throughout Southern Africa- my dream. I aimed to hit 50 countries by the end of 2015 which i did.
Since 2015 I have been lucky enough to have worked on two six star luxury cruise ships. One of them travelled from europe across to the states, Canada and Bermuda and the other travelled from Europe to Australia via the middle east, india etc, leading me to 67 countries. My recent blog entries have followed me through Sri Lanka, The Balkans, The Baltics, Central Europe and Eastern Europe all of which led me to reach my 80th country by the end of 2017. I have spent the first half of 2018 working onboard Viking Sea sailing around the Caribbean, Western Europe and Scandinavia. I will walk 800km this summer July- Aug 2018 across the Camino de Santiago in Spain, something I have always wnated to tick off my list. Over the next year or so please keep following me as i continue to sail around the world onboard Viking.
Lets keep the spirit of travelling alive xx
Below is a short video documentary I did on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand.