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!
…budget traveller and adventure seeker! Nice to meet you. My lovely boyfriend up there is Ash, and together we are 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, no shame), or watching Harry Potter, Marvel or Lord Of The Rings while eating all of the Italian food.
If I’m not doing any of that, I’m probably taking a coastal walk, looking for a nice mountain, or planning my next adventure.
And if I’m not doing any of that? I dunno, I’ve most likely fallen down a well or something.
A bit of history
Growing up on a remote 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 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 lakes and mountains, 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!
Now I’m living in the stunning Vancouver, Canada, after a stint back home in Scotland!
Next? We’re planning a huge North American road trip, which will take us back to our beloved Banff, and then down the west coast of the USA and inland to some of the best national parks in the world! I’m really excited, and can’t wait to share our adventures with you!
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.
Here are some of my most popular posts:
⭐ 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
⭐ How I Visited Hawaii For $300
⭐ Mountains, Lakes & Glaciers: Road Tripping The Canadian Rockies
⭐ Why I DON’T Want To Be A Digital Nomad
⭐ My Highlights Of Edinburgh
⭐ Why It’s Important To Travel Now More Than Ever
⭐ Exploring The Best Beaches On The Algarve
⭐ A Day In Beautiful Seville, Spain
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 how you can fulfil your travel dreams on the cheap!
Unless you want to go to Antarctica or the Galapagos; there’s not much getting around the expense on those.
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 photos on this blog are my own, using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 or occasionally my Samsung phone. 2018 onwards is with a Sony Alpha a5000.
Want to get in touch? Please feel free to email me at clarissa.linnitt [at] gmail.com! :)