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About Researcher Gone Rogue
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.
In particular, you’ll find pieces about rural destinations, beautiful landscapes, light adventure travel (think camping and hiking, but probably not skydiving or bungee jumping) and pieces exploring the histories, languages and cultures of the places I visit.
Researcher Gone Rogue’s travel style is all about slowing it down and taking a moment to appreciate what’s around you. This blog operates under the motto that travel is not about how many places you go, or how many crazy things you tick off your bucket list. You can experience incredible things in your own backyard, if you’re willing to explore it.
I’m a 27-year-old travel writer originally from Sydney, Australia but am 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 exploring who likes to look at things from different perspectives.
After a trip to Brussels in 2016 made me rediscover my love of writing, I swapped my career in academia for digital content creation. I started this blog and moved to New Zealand. I now write for a living every day, writing about a whole host of topics for an Auckland-based media agency. But it’s travel writing that is my passion, and this blog is a passion project that keeps that wanderlust flowing through my veins – and hopefully it’ll inspire you, too!
My extensive 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. I love 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 started out trying to tick as many places off my bucket list as possible, and made it to over 40 different countries. Now, I’m slowing things down and trying to explore locally and slowly, to make the most out of my experiences. And I’m here to show you how to do the same.
Welcome, and happy reading!