Welcome to my travel blog! I’m Katie, a 20-something girl who left England behind to travel the world in search of warmer climates and new experiences.
I was inspired to start Half a World Away after reading hundreds of blogs before I set sail on my big trip. I wanted to share my experiences in the hope that I could inspire others to travel. Besides that, I found that finding information on moving to Australia a struggle. I was sick of the visa jargon and family emigration information – I wanted to read something that would tell me what it’s like to live and work in Australia as a single female.
After 7 months backpacking, I settled in Melbourne and despite returning to ‘normal life’, I try to travel as much as possible when and wherever I can. This blog aims to share my travel adventures in Australia and around the world, as well as documenting what it’s really like to move to the other side of the world in your 20’s.
Where are you from?
I’m originally from close to Manchester in the UK. I grew up in a town about 20 minutes north of the city and moved to Manchester when I was 18 to study at Uni. I loved it so much I lived there for 6 years before I decided to go travelling.
Where has been your favourite destination so far?
It’s so hard to answer as there’s so many places I love! If I had to pick, I’d say Sri Lanka and Cambodia. They are both beautiful and the people are so kind and friendly, even after experience such hardship in the past. I also adore Barcelona, I fell in love with the city in 2012 and it was the trip that most inspired me to go travelling 2 years later.
Where’s next on your bucket list?
Definitely South America! I am dying to go and do another big trip and South America is at the top of my list. I really love Asia so I’d like to visit the Philippines and Japan one day. While I’m still in Australia I want to visit New Zealand as I haven’t managed to make it there just yet.
What camera do you use?
I use an Olympus OM-D E-M 10 Mark II Mirrorless camera with a 14-42 mm kit lens. It’s super light compared to a DSLR so it’s great for when I’m on the move. I also use a GoPro Hero 3+ as well a my iPhone 6 when I don’t have my camera handy.
How did you choose your blog name?
There’s two reasons behind the name of my blog. The first is that being from Manchester, I love the band Oasis and one of my favourite songs is ‘Half The World Away’. I used to listen to this song on repeat at work while I was dreaming of travelling so it has a special place in my heart. The second is that I actually did end up half a world away. I didn’t really plan to come to Australia at first, but here I am! So I thought the name was pretty fitting.
Melbourne or Sydney?
Melbourne 100%. I had my heart set on moving to Sydney when I eventually decided on Australia, but when I arrived I didn’t seem to connect with the city. I met a few people on my travels that told me I would love the culture and nightlife of Melbourne so I decided to give it a go! A soon as I got here I loved and luckily enough the job I took had an office in the city so it worked out well!