Hello and welcome! I’m Riss and I’m the Researcher Gone Rogue. I’m a 26-year-old travel writer and researcher originally from Sydney, Australia currently based in Auckland, New Zealand. I haven’t been to 100 countries or quit my job to travel the world full time, and I certainly won’t be jumping out of a plane any time soon. I’m simply a writer with a love of learning who likes to look at things from a different perspective.
My travels have taken me to the Sahara Desert, the jungles of Mondulkiri, Iceland’s aurora-filled skies and New Zealand’s glacial west coast. I was born in Australia, spent my childhood on a dairy farm in a rural English village, and since then have also lived and worked in Cambodia, Vietnam, Sweden and Poland. And I continue to investigate places that are unique, out of the way or considered uninteresting to the majority of people because I firmly believe that there is something to learn from them.
I got myself into a research career initially because I enjoy discovering things and communicating my findings to others. But after a trip to Brussels made me rediscover my love of writing, I swapped academia for digital content creation – starting this blog and moving to New Zealand to hone my skills in different kinds of online content at a content marketing agency.
Researcher Gone Rogue is an expat and travel blog for those of you who love to learn and be inspired on your travels and want to do it in an intelligent and informed way.
Researcher Gone Rogue focuses on three central themes:
People and places beyond the urban centres and typical tourist destinations.
Think rural gems, hidden landscapes, unassuming characters and unexpected encounters.
Light adventure travel.
There’ll be no bungee jumping, paragliding or sky diving here, but there will be plenty of camping, hiking, motorcycling, camel riding and so on. I like to get outside.
Connecting with places through their histories, languages and cultures.
There is always an emphasis on trying to understand more than what’s on the surface. I question, challenge and critique assumptions and ask not just what but also why and how.