Hi, I’m Elisha.
I’m a small-town girl from Victoria, Australia with big dreams. Dreams that mostly revolve around going somewhere, seeing places and doing things, that’s pretty broad, I know. If you’ve come to this page I’m assuming you want to know a bit more about me and my story.
When I was five years old I started saving to travel the world. I know that is not exactly a “normal” child-like thing to do but my parents had travelled extensively before they had me and my brother. I was brought up with stories of the time they took a truck across Africa and rode motorcycles through South America. My most memorable childhood books included ones on geography and cultures and religions of the world. For as long as I can remember, I had a world map above my bed and would spend evenings staring at it, trying to memorise all the countries of the world and trace with my finger the route that I might one day take.
In 2014, at the age of 21 and after having worked up to three jobs at once, I left for a 14 month solo trip covering three continents. I did everything a young girl, full of energy and intrigue would do and I ticked off so many typical “bucket list” experiences.
I travelled from south to north along the east side of Africa; white water rafting in the Zambezi River, climbing Kilimanjaro, spotting lions on safari in the Serengeti and teaching English in a Maasai community while I was there. I moved onto the Middle East where I climbed Mt Sinai, went to a protest in Palestine and got lost hiking around Petra. Then in Europe, I trekked a section of the Lycian Way with my mum, went island hopping in Greece with my then-boyfriend, visited friends in England and Denmark and hopped on a ferry to Morocco so I could sleep under the stars in the Sahara Desert. My last continent was South America; I went horseback riding with a crazy guy in Colombia, hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, got bogged at 5am in the salt flats in Bolivia, was sick in the middle of the Amazon and wrapped up my epic trip in Rio. Phew. It was a real whirlwind.
Since then, I have struggled to stay home for any longer than six months before leaving again. Whenever I return from a trip, the first question people ask me is, “So where to next?”. What can I say? Travel got me good.
I’ve since spent a total of nine months in India over three different trips and the subcontinent has definitely stolen a piece of my heart. I’ve trekked for weeks in the Himalayas in Nepal, spent time in magical Bhutan, hiked and camped my way across the desert in Australia on the Larapinta Trail, scared everyone at home by travelling to Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan and managed to drink a glass of Saperavi red every day that I was in the Caucasus.
I have also managed to somehow finish a Master of Development Studies in between trips, but most of my time was spent daydreaming of my next adventure.
I’m not aiming to visit every country in the world or tick off a bucket list of places. I have drastically changed the way that I travel from that first long trip in 2014. I now aim for slower, more meaningful and challenging adventures. I spend days and sometimes weeks in one place and I rarely plan anything other than my ticket out of Australia.
I prefer home stays, cheap hostels or a tent rather than fancy hotels or resorts. I would rather cross a border by land than travel by air. I would prefer to get lost in the jungle in the Northeast corner of India than line up to get into the Taj Mahal for sunrise. Buses and trains are my favourite way to travel, although if I can walk somewhere then I will. You’re more likely to find me sitting next to some locals eating from a street cart than at a restaurant with other tourists. In fact, I actively pick places by their lack of tourist arrivals and, although this is an overused cliche, I get off the beaten track as much as possible.
I started this blog back in 2014 and it’s mostly a combination of photos, (amateur) videos, stories and travel guides on where I’ve been, what I’ve seen and the things I’ve done, so far.
If you want to know where I am currently, I suggest you follow me on Instagram.
After writing stories and taking photos out of the pure joy of storytelling and to share the world with others, I took a leap in 2018 and began getting my work published on other platforms.
I now call myself a freelance writer and photographer and I have had both my words and images published on various websites and in publications, including:
Visit my Published Work and Press page for a full list and links to my articles.
Some of my photos can also be purchased from my Shutterstock Portfolio here.