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Hi, I’m Elisha.

Iā€™m a small-town girl from the Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia.

If you’ve come to this page I’m assuming you want to know a bit more about me and my story.

I’m a travel writer, photographer, blogger, content creator, hiker and vanlifer. At least, that’s a rough summary of what I do.

It’s been a bit of a wild ride, a lot of travelling and a constant desire to chase whatever it is that currently sets my soul alight.

But, travel has always been in my blood – the travel gene, I think they call it.

I was brought up with stories of the time my parents took a truck across Africa and rode motorcycles through South America. 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.

My travels

At five years old, I told people I was saving my pocket money to one day travel the world.

In 2014, at the age of 21 and after having worked up to three jobs at once, I finally 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. I went white water rafting in the Zambezi River, climbed Kilimanjaro, spotted lions on safari in the Serengeti and taught 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 the jungles of Colombia, hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, got bogged at 5am in the salt flats in Bolivia, fell sick in the middle of the Amazon and wrapped up my epic trip in Rio. Phew. It was a real whirlwind.

While I had originally thought of this trip as my once in a lifetime chance at adventure, I soon discovered that I actually craved an entire lifetime of adventure instead. Over the first few years following that first big trip, I was hardly home for longer than six months before leaving again.

I returned to Kenya twice more, hopped over to Uganda, went back to Ecuador and made my first trip to India. And by 2018, I realised I wanted this travel thing to be my life. Except, I also made a conscious decision to do travel differently. I began to slow my pace down a whole lot and finally get my words, images and experiences out there into the world.

Langtang Valley trek

In 2019, I travelled full-time for 12 months undertaking a slow overland journey by (mostly) public transport across Asia. I visited Thailand, Myanmar, India (again), Nepal, India (and again), Bhutan, Iran, Iraqi Kurdistan, Turkey and finally into the Caucasus, including Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

I also managed to somehow graduate from my Master of Development Studies amongst all that!

My work

I started a blog back in 2014 to document my 14 month solo round the world trip. It was basically read by just my family and friends. In 2017, I decided to re-start my blog under the title, Going Somewhere, and I began focusing on more helpful guides and posts.

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 and for reputable publications.

I scarily began calling myself a freelance writer and photographer. And I soon had both my words and images published by Lonely Planet, Matador Network, Travelogues, The Culture-ist, and Travel Play Live Magazine.

Since the pandemic hit, I had to make a decision about whether to continue pursuing freelance travel writing despite the travel industry almost coming to a complete stop. You can read more about my struggles of being a travel writer in the year of a pandemic here.

I switched gears a little and have delved into content writer in the travel and outdoor space. I now create content for a range of websites, blogs and brands, including The Irish Road Trip, Hotels.com, Ceduna Online, Larapinta Trail Trek Support and Vanketo.

Post-pandemic era

With the pandemic hitting the world in 2020, I was confined to my home country of Australia. I decided to make the most of it and I acquired an old Toyota Hiace van off my mum and set off exploring more of my own country. I’ve lived most of 2021 on the road living the #vanlife and I’m pretty sure that’s how my immediate future is looking like too.

I’ve managed to complete some incredible hiking trails both in Australia previously overseas. And I have major plans to complete some longer thru-hikes in the coming years.

If you want to keep up to date with where I am at the moment, I suggest you follow me on Instagram where I post regularly.

Otherwise, you can visit my Published Work and Press page for my portfolio and links to articles.

This blog

Back to the blog. Going Somewhere continues to be whereI publish my in-depth guides on various countries, cities, national parks and hiking trails. You can find plenty of inspiration and helpful tips on travel and the outdoors here, knowing that I personally write, photograph and edit all the content myself.

I believe the world would be a better place if everyone spent more time outdoors and I hope this blog inspires you to go somewhere new more often!

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