Hey there & welcome to An Orcadian Abroad! What the hell is an Orcadian, anyway? Well, it’s someone who comes from a wild and remote collection of islands at the top of Scotland called Orkney. That someone is me, by the way. Hi!
…your friendly neighbourhood budget traveller and adventure seeker! Nice to meet you. My lovely boyfriend up there is Ash, and together we are *drum roll* The Clash.
I’m obsessed with the world, and I have just as much fun off the beaten path as I do on it. I love finding quirky things on my travels as well as bucket list items and crazy adventures – all on a budget.
You’ll usually find me poring over maps with a cup of tea in my hand, blasting rock music (at a reasonable volume that doesn’t upset the neighbours, so not really blasting, and in fact sometimes you’ll find me listening to cheesy pop music or Disney songs, am I sorry? Absolutely not 🤞), or watching Harry Potter, Marvel or Lord Of The Rings.
If I’m not doing any of that, I’m probably:
a) taking in the sea breeze on a nice coastal walk
b) looking for a beautiful mountain
c) searching for some cool street art
d) planning my next adventure
e) I dunno, most likely fallen down a well or something?
A bit of history
Growing up on a remote Scottish island meant that to get anywhere was a huge trek, and one that sadly my parents weren’t willing to make. So at 17, I left home and began adventuring like I was trying to make up for lost time!
Since then, I’ve lived and worked in the USA, Australia & Canada, and even while I was tied down to a business in the UK for half of my twenties, I took weekend trips and even DAY TRIPS to Europe.
Back in 2015, I finally set off on my “gap year” (if a year was 18 months) – I sold my business and most of my belongings, and we set off backpacking across the world in search of adventure, weird animals, mountains, beaches and hobbits.
On this trip, we took in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, and worked for a year in Australia to help fund the rest of the trip, which included New Zealand, the USA and Canada. You can read about all our adventures on this trip here!
I’ve climbed mountains barefoot, snorkelled the Great Barrier Reef, worked in a crazy Australian outback pub, volunteered on an elephant sanctuary, meditated with a monk, hung out with kangaroos on a beach, road tripped the Canadian Rockies, visited Hawaii for $300, sky dived over incredible scenery, lived in a hostel, celebrated Songkran in Thailand, spent Christmas sunbathing on a beach (well, almost), and driven a tractor & more worryingly* impressively* outlandlishly* (*delete as appropriate)… a boat. In which I managed not to kill 25 people. Go me!
Other weird adventures include going to Paris on a bus for £10 return, caving underneath Budapest, camping at a Flintstone’s themed camp site at the Grand Canyon, jumping off a building in Las Vegas, and getting lost in Montana.
In 2018, I took off on another long-term adventure, living in Vancouver, Canada, for six months followed by a grand ol’ American road trip!
Now I’m back home in Scotland, where we live in EDINBURGH! We have found our forever home – but that doesn’t mean the end of travel, not even in the slightest!
Stay tuned for more adventures coming up around the UK, Europe & the world!
Most importantly, I like to do everything as cheap as possible.
I stay almost exclusively in hostels, fly with budget airlines, eat street food and take overnight buses so that I can splash out on things like sky dives and once-in-a-lifetime tours.
Sound like your sort of thang? Great! Hope you’d like to stick around, as I’ve got plenty more where that came from!
Here are ten of my favourite & most popular posts to get you started:
⭐ 50 Signs You’ve Been A Backpacker In Australia
⭐ One Of The Best Weeks Of Our Lives Volunteering At Elephant Nature Park
⭐ A Day Trip To Mount Sunday: Discovering Edoras
⭐ Road Tripping The Icefields Parkway In Autumn
⭐ Why I DON’T Want To Be A Digital Nomad
⭐ My Highlights Of Edinburgh
⭐ Why It’s Important To Travel Now More Than Ever
⭐ A Day In Beautiful Seville, Spain
⭐ Why I’ve Given Up Counting Countries
⭐ Sorrow In Sarajevo: A Heartbreaking Tale Of The Bosnian Capital
Stay tuned for more adventures (of which my life seems to be an endless one whether I want it to be or not) – I’d love to show you some weird things from around the world, but more importantly, how you can fulfil your travel dreams on the cheap!
Thanks for visiting my little fish blog in the huge sea of internet. I’d be thrilled if you followed along on my travel adventures!
All content is mine. There will occasionally be affiliate links for products that I like (where I may earn a little commission at no cost to you), but as a staunch advocate for authenticity, all opinions are my own, and I do not endorse anything that I don’t trust. All photos on this blog are my own, using a Sony Alpha a5000 (or a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 pre-2018) or occasionally my Samsung phone.
Want to get in touch? Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! 🙂 I’d love to hear from you!