It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with water. Subconsciously, I seem to seek out beaches, oceans and lakes when I’m travelling…or at home. If you scroll through my Instagram feed you will find that 90% of my photos feature some kind of body of water. I enjoy going to the beach just to sit and look at the ocean. Snorkelling is one of my favourite things in the world.
The adrenaline-rushing excitement came even before we landed on Guatemalan soil. As I craned my neck to peek out of the aeroplane window over the man sitting next to me, I saw the passing of mountains, green plains and specks of colour, imagining that some of those mountains were probably volcanoes, as Guatemala has nothing short of thirty-three of them. When we landed and made our way through customs and collected our baggage, I tried to take in my surroundings as best I could – and that was before we had even left the airport.
A mere half an hour after we had left the bustling tourist hub of Airlie Beach, we were zooming through the countryside, our car windows giving view to huge corn plantations and looming green mountains in the distance. We were waterfall-bound; after a magical week spent exploring the Whitsunday islands, we decided to spend the last day of our trip exploring further afield in mainland Queensland.
Kirsten Hubbard’s young adult fiction book Wanderlove is truly a testament to the transformative power of travel. This is one of my favourite books, and it’s also what first put Central America on my radar.
Prior to my arrival into San Francisco, I didn’t really know anything about the city. Sure, I knew it was in California and it was home to famous landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and the Painted Ladies, but beyond that I was pretty clueless. Whenever I tried to Google the city, I never got very far. For me, San Francisco went quite under the radar, making room for cities like New York and Los Angeles which I felt I knew lots about, in the forefront of my mind. But things tend to work out in a funny way, because San Francisco ended up being my favourite city in the USA!