Hi, I’m Fiona. Welcome to A Fly Off The Wall!
I started this travel blog as a way of sharing and funding my adventures around the world after quitting my 9-5 office job to pursue the digital nomad dream.
Only joking – maybe one day.
The reality is that I began this blog earlier this year with a grad job back in London waiting just around the corner for me. I’d been looking forward to starting work but I was also aware that come September 2017, I’d have to shelve the prospects of abundant spare travelling time for the immediate future.
Two separate trips to India/Sri Lanka/Malaysia and Central America/Ecuador after I graduated university in June 2016 took me through to the end of the year, where I then realised I still had nine months of freedom left. I was a little tired of being constantly on the move and wanted a longer stay in a fresh environment. I settled on Melbourne as I’d never visited Australia (‘the world’s most liveable city’) and decided I was going to rent a room and stay there for a month and a half. I optimistically had the idea that heaps of coffee shops/bars/restaurants would equal heaps of jobs, allowing me to do the odd shift during the week and keeping me busy for the most part.
A week before my flight, I spoke to a good friend about my plans and she reminded me that as I was technically unemployable (I didn’t have a working holiday visa), I probably wouldn’t be able to find a job in Australia. This was a valid point. I couldn’t risk staying in one place for 6 weeks without a day job or project to occupy myself with. We started going through a long list of possible options I wasn’t keen on, which is when I finally said that I wished I’d started a travel blog earlier.
My friend replied, “Well, why don’t you? You can write in hindsight. Most bloggers do.”
When I thought about it, I decided that I could definitely make it happen. For most of my big trips I had kept a well-updated journal (thanks past-me) and this was also a good way of having something to do for the next few months. Additionally I could collect all my travel memories in one place and share them with family and friends (+ myself when bored and vitamin-D deficient). So here we are! I hope this will be of help to you and that you enjoy reading through my posts.
More about me:
I’ve grown up in six countries around the world so I was lucky that family holidays always involved a lot of travel to new and exciting places. Living in Holland meant plenty of European road trips. Five years spent in Oman allowed us easy visits to nearby countries like the U.A.E. and Egypt. Our stay in China was great for Asian destinations such as Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Macau, Singapore, South Korea and Japan. More recently, my family’s base in Texas was perfect for me as a pitstop before my travel adventures in Central and South America.
My first experience of independent travel was after I left school in 2012 and took a year off before I started uni (desperately trying to avoid using those words beginning with ‘g’ and ‘y’). My friend and I spent 5 months backpacking around South America, going through Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru. I kept up the travelling after that by making the most out of the generous uni holidays. Hey, 28 weeks a year in return for your mental stability and health isn’t bad, especially when you can spend those on a beach in Cuba or Colombia, pretending Cambridge is another planet away. I’ve had the best experiences along the way and I’m excited to share those with you too.
Me looking a little buggish
Why ‘fly off the wall’?
Flies aren’t high up on my list of favourite animals. I do, however, admire their ability to assimilate into any environment, their skills of adaptation and their persistence in the face of obstacles (waving stubborn flies away from things they want is a lost cause). The phrase ‘fly on the wall’ jumped out at me when I was thinking of ways of travelling. I quite liked the idea of being an unobserved observer, blending in and watching the scene, not causing a scene. An even better version of this would be as an active and interacting participant – the fly off the wall.