Hello & welcome to An Orcadian Abroad! What is an Orcadian, you ask? 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.
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 am into – maps, hostel life, mountains, rock music, Harry Potter, walking, Italian food, wildlife, nature, and finding the quirkier things in life. Anything weird and wonderful – I’m THERE.
I was a slow burner to travel – 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, road tripped from New York to LA, and even once I had my 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 doughnuts.
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.
I’ve climbed mountains barefoot, snorkelled the Great Barrier Reef, had the time of my life working in an Australian outback pub, volunteered on an elephant sanctuary, meditated with a monk, hung out with kangaroos on a beach at sunrise, road tripped the Canadian Rockies, couchsurfed in New Zealand, visited Hawaii for $300, sky dived, lived in a hostel, celebrated Songkran in Thailand, driven tractors on a farm, held a koala, driven a boat and managed not to kill 25 people, and spent Christmas sunbathing on a beach (well, almost).
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
Now that we’re home, I have plenty more planned! 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!
Almost all photos on this blog are my own (unless otherwise specified), using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 or occasionally my Samsung phone.
Want to get in touch? Please feel free to email me at clarissa.linnitt [at] gmail.com! :)