Selfie of me in front of a giant love heart at the Sirao Flower Garden in Cebu.

The Small Town Girl

Meet Sammy.

Hey there!

I’m Sammy. I’m a 29-year-old coastal kid from a small country town on the South Coast of Victoria in Australia. I’m a free-spirited solo traveller, and I have been wandering around this planet of ours for the last 10 years. Well actually, even longer than that. I went on my first overseas trip with friends at the young age of 16. So technically, I guess you can say I’ve been travelling for nearly 14 years. Wow, that makes me sound old!

How I became a nomad

I guess I kind of always knew I’d be a nomad. I remember daydreaming about moving towns when I was just a kid. About the new friends I’d make, the new boys I’d meet and the exciting new life I would have.

So when I was 20 year’s old, I said goodbye to my friends and my family and I left the small beachside town where I grew up and ventured out into the world.

I never looked back.

Crossing the border into the Northern Territory
Crossing the border into the Northern Territory on my first road trip across Australia

I moved 4000km across the country where I started a new life in Darwin and began taking many small trips overseas to Europe and Asia.

I was 24 when I quit my full-time job for the first time, sold everything and boarded a one way flight to South America, with the intentions of immersing myself deep into unknown cultures and pushing my personal limits in order transform my life and create one I could be proud of whilst living out my passion.

Solo travel

I’ve always travelled solo. And I like it that way. I love the freedom of being able to do what you want when you want, and not having to worry about the opinions or needs of others. And mostly, I love meeting new people, and travelling solo is the best way to do it. You are so much more open to meeting new people when you travel solo than if you were in a couple or a group.
My closest friends today are all people that I have met on my solo journey around the world.

Riding the Ha Giang Loop in Northern Vietnam
Riding the Ha Giang Loop in Northern Vietnam

Personal Development

Through solo travel, I embarked on a journey of personal growth and self-discovery, which led me to my passion for personal development and lifelong learning.
I strive to always be a better version of myself. I am always learning new ways and new tools to further develop myself in all areas of my life. And I have a passion for sharing my discoveries with others and helping others transform their own lives.

My mission

I’m here to show you the world through my eyes, and inspire you to get out there and live. And I mean really live.

My mission statement is Travel. Grow. Live and my aim is to inspire, educate and motivate millennials that are searching for more in life, to become unstuck and transform their lives through travel, personal development and living well.

I do this by providing you with advice, guides and courses on everything solo travel, personal development, living well and living large.

I also share with you my own personal experiences of self-discovery and ongoing journey of personal growth through my juicy personal journal.

Paragliding in Patagonia for my 25th birthday
Paragliding in Patagonia in Argentina for my 25th birthday

Aventure

I try to be as adventurous as I can when I travel, and I travel on the cheap. Forget luxury hotels and fine dining. I climb mountains, dive oceans and jump out of planes. I sleep in hostel dorm rooms with 10 other people and I eat at the local eatery’s. I take a 24-hour train or bus ride in lieu of an expensive flight.
I push myself way out of my comfort zone.

I travel slowly and I try to spend at least a month in each country I visit, or even more. I really like to get to know a place and to get to know the locals, to really absorb it all and understand how other cultures live. Often I will find myself staying in a place for an extended period of time, with no desire to move on in a hurry.

I really couldn’t tell you how many countries I’ve actually been to, because I don’t do the whole counting countries thing like most other travellers. I’ve met so many people that brag about having visited over 60 countries, but in all reality, they’ve only spent 2 or 3 days in some of those countries, so I just don’t see how that is really ‘experiencing’ a country.

I count my travel experiences with memories, not by countries.

I’m a girl from the bush

I’m definitely a nature enthusiast. I grew up in the bush on a five-acre property and ten minutes drive from the beach.
You will always find me out wandering through a forest trying to find a waterfall, or in search of the nearest beach before you find me wandering around a city looking at churches.

Sitting on the beach in Krabi, Thailand
Beach time at Ao Nang, Thailand

I’m a summer girl. I hate the winter, and for the last 10 years, I have tried to avoid it as much as I can.
I love the tropics. It’s where I feel most at home. I love to wander around in minimal clothing and no shoes and feel the sun warm my skin all day long. Because that’s just who I am.

I’m a nomad. I crave movement and I find happiness and serenity in it. I’ve never been able to stay still in one place too long.

There are two things I value the most in life, and that’s freedom and genuine human connection.

Sammy xx