Hello & 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!
I’m Clazz, budget traveller and adventure seeker! Nice to meet you. My lovely boyfriend up there is Ash, and together we are The Clash.
I love finding quirky & silly 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, listening to rock music, watching Harry Potter, Marvel or Lord Of The Rings, eating all of the Italian food, or taking a coastal walk. I also love mountains, wildlife and hostel life.
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 and Australia, and even while I owned a business, I took weekend trips and even DAY TRIPS to Europe.
Back in 2015, I finally set off on my “gap year” (extended to over 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, held a koala, driven a tractor & a boat (and managed not to kill 25 people), and spent Christmas sunbathing on a beach (well, almost).
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
Stay tuned for more adventures – 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 ones.)
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. Anything pre-2018 using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 or 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! :)