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 almost 6 years ago 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.
UPDATE: 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. I am lucky to now say I have been to 67 countries and with my next few plans in place I will soon reach country 71 Montenegro by the end of July 2017. My new blog entries will follow me through Sri Lanka, Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro over the next few months so please keep following and lets keep the spirit of travelling alive xx
UPDATE Dec 2017:
Hey Guys, So I have just returned from the second part of my europe trip which included Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Rep, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany and Scotland. I have reached 80 countries now but still have a long way to go to get aroudn the world. I will be home for the holiday season and start my new contratc at sea working as a Spa Therapist/Yoga Teacher onboard Viking Sea. I am updating my blog over this time so please be patient and keep following my blog posts as they go live. Happy Holiday Season 2017 to Everyone.
Below is a short video documentary I did on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand.
So now you're probably thinking, sure where is she planning to go next, the moon???.... well if that were an option i wouldn't say no, but for now I am finishing my current 2 year (RTW) round the world trip which covered a lot of the countries I had longed to see and hadn't got the chance before. The almost two year trip saw me cover 20 countries around Asia, Oceania, The Middle East and Africa. My plan now is to head West towards one of my favourite cities- Vancouver, Canada to work and save up for some exciting future plans. Watch this space!
So now that we have gotten to the end of my 'about me' spiel, and in the hopes that I haven't bored my readers half to death by it, I would love to invite you all to follow my journey through my website, something that is long overdue.I get a lot of inbox messages on my facebook and twitter regarding travel tips and advice, so I'm hoping that this will be a very easy way of helping out my fellow travellers and any queries they may have. If you dont know yet, I have added a 'Worldyogis' section to the website to blog about my experiences with practicing and teaching yoga around the world.
Always remember that.....
'The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only one page'- Saint Augustine