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July 5, 2018

I was working as a Marine Biologist at a luxury resort in Maldives when I visited Thilafushi. 

This garbage island has been on fire for 27 years!

Along with fellow Marine Biologist Kylie Merritt & Maldivian Dive Master Haisham Rasheed, we took the work ferry and then a speed boat to “trash island” as known by the locals. Boat after boat, day after day, year after year; garbage is bought from across the country and lit on fire. 


April 11, 2018

Life can be a fickle thing and it really is what you make it. Some days are filled with bright shining rainbows, cheesie grins and love that warms your heart. But other days can drown you with change and can leave your life spinning out of control. 

For me, the month of August 2017 was mostly the latter option. 

I was sailing the Caribbean Sea with my partner in crime.

We were a captain/1st mate team managing a privately owned 5...

March 24, 2018

If settling for a vacation in the glitzy-glam tourist district of Cancun isn’t your thing, here is the Yucatan Peninsula for the more adventurous soul. Snorkel with whale sharks, scuba dive in cenotes, ancient pyramids without the crowds and Mayan handicraft.

There’s more to the Yucatan Peninsula than the sight of overcrowded beaches, sunburnt bodies and tourists who have had one too many margaritas.

1. Isla Mujeres

The streets o...

September 1, 2017

Dominican Republic is the home of the all-inclusive package vacations. All day massages, eating at the buffet until your tummy hurts, clear turquoise infinity pools and cocktails made right under your nose. But if the price tag hurts your bank account, have you ever thought about backpacking across Dominican Republic?

With the ease of travel, cheap buses and food, beautiful beaches, uncrowded surf, waterfalls in the jungle; thi...

March 27, 2017

It can be challenging trying to be an eco-traveler when you carry everything you own in one single bag that lives on your back. But traveling sustainably doesn’t have to be heavy, complicated or time consuming.

Simple everyday things can make a difference to the local environment, the country you’re visiting and ultimately your budget.

I personally know it can be difficult in certain countries. Often in Mexico the taqueria's ser...

March 25, 2017

A reflection of the time I spent with Catherine, a solo-female traveller from the United States who was brutally murdered on Bocas del Toro, Panama.

This piece is a sad story but something I want to share as it covers issues that are close to all of our hearts.. Solo female travel and the dangers.

We can all wish it’s the same as solo male travel, but the reality of it, is it’s not. Having boobs and a booty change the way you tr...

March 10, 2017

I haven’t been writing and I haven’t been sharing any one-on-one special time with my laptop. 

But what I have been doing is crossing many borders in Central America, surfing in different oceans and sailing the high seas. 

I have also learnt some valuable lessons for budget surf travel and I now realise how hard it is to travel-write and travel at the same time. 

I now believe that backpacking is a full t...

June 9, 2016

Puerto Escondido is a tremendous sea-side town that holds an enchanting grip on my heart. It makes me tingle just thinking about its vortex of happiness, most beautiful sunsets and thriving surf community. I’ve been back there twice now and I’m sure I’ll go back again and again throughout my life.

** This post was written and photographed with my best friend and travel companion Alyssa from ODYSEA when we fi...

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I’m Hannah. Welcome to my blog, where I write honest stories, advice & inspiration from the time I've spent as a traveling marine biologist.



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