Travel Now! Tomorrow is just a dream
I have always loved travel. Before moving to Australia and meeting my now husband Simon, I had traveled in more than 30 countries and had been traveling for five years. In fact, Australia was the seventh country that I have lived in.
And Jacob…. well he had his first passport at 3 weeks old…. and had visited 12 countries before he was 12 months old. He is almost 5 now, and has been to 25 countries.
Travel on a budget, so that you can do more… for longer…
I had always written about budget travel – and the brilliant culture and adventure experiences that you can have on a budget. But it wasn’t until my ex husband has a major health scare that I came up with our motto of travel now.
Travel now. There might not be a “later”
The Our Oyster project consists of traveling couple Jade Johnston (BA Sociology, Statistics, University of Manitoba), husband Simon, young son Jacob, with an additional little person soon to be arriving.
I have extensive experience as a writer. I have worked for a health care NGO writing medical science articles, freelanced extensively outside of OurOyster.com on travel related topics, and of course, I have been blogging about my own travel adventures since 2010.
A Brief History
I grew up in rural Manitoba, Canada and always dreamed of seeing the world. I came late to the travel game, and the first time I ever left my home province was when I was 17. That was also the first time I had ever seen the ocean.
At that point, the travel bug was not yet caught. But my love for volunteering was strong. At first I was sent for a one week long program in Ottawa, which teaches young people about civic duty. Falling in love with the experience of learning and discovery, I sought out similar programs.
I ended up joining the 7 month, travel (within Canada) and volunteer program, Katimavik. Living in three small communities, in tiny houses, with 11 other young people certainly taught me a lot about open mindedness, hard work, and group living. Skills which would be invaluable to long term travel.
It wasn’t until 2006, when I decided to do a University exchange in Denmark that I contracted that travel bug. I probably spent more time travelling, than studying, and when my studied finished, I moved to the UK with a working holiday permit.
For the next 3.5 years, I lived all over Europe, traveled through much of it, and loved every second of it. However my love for volunteering was still strong, which suddenly took me half way across the world to live in Costa Rica with another group of young people in close quarters.
My journeys next took me to New Zealand, where I lived and worked, and now to Australia where I have now lived for over 5 years. When I first arrived in Australia I set out to complete a three month PR trip around the entire country…, overland. Check out my posts here!
Having a baby didn’t put an end to my long term travel ambitions. While on maternity leave with Jacob we traveled for 6 months and to 12 countries – primarily through Europe. And now, as I approach my second set of maternity leave we are a planning a six month trip through South America. Make sure you stay tuned for our posts about that adventure!
Where In The World??
Wondering where I have traveled? Looking for advice about any of these destinations? Click on the map to see posts from each region. Still have questions? Drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Wondering why there are some countries featured on OurOyster.com that are not on this list? We accept guest posts and sponsored posts from other talented writers. Want to submit a piece? Just contact me.
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