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Hi From an Exploring Non-Kiwi! Meet Lottie…

February 8, 2017
Lottie Exploring Kiwis

Hi, I’m Lottie… an exploring non-Kiwi and the newest member of the team. I have been reading Exploring Kiwis since I first entered the blogging sphere.  In fact, Sarah was the first person to respond to my shout out for guest posts and I quickly fell in love with their adventures and stories!

I’m originally from the UK but have lived in Australia, Canada and, for the past 3 years, South Africa. I used to be a primary school teacher in London before swapping my classroom for a corporate office in Toronto. I loved life in Canada but, 3 years later, I ditched city life completely to seize an opportunity managing education projects in rural Zululand.

I consider myself lucky to have inherited the wanderlust gene from my mum who took me all over the UK when I was little and then throughout Europe as I got older.

For the past 18 months, my boyfriend and I have traveled South Africa in a caravan (in between trips to Vietnam and Europe) and have now almost completed the circumference! We have explored all the nooks and crannies from the wild Western coastline where we got stuck under a lighthouse, to the Namaqualand outback where the roads were so bumpy we lost the Landy’s sunroof as the screws undid themselves!

I don’t tend to keep count of the countries I have been to because, no matter how many new ones I cross of my list, there are still so many more I want to explore! My travel highlights include Sorrento, Rome, NYC, Hluhluwe National Park (South Africa), Byron Bay, Mukono (Uganda) and Hoi An.

Along the way, I have fallen into travel blogging (after starting my site as an online diary for my friends and family at home). They never really had any idea where we were in the caravan and I thought it would be a good way to share my journey with them! Little did I know, it would lead me to a state in which I always have a folder filled to bursting with draft posts and not enough time in the day to get them all down ‘on paper’!

My favourite thing about the blogging world is the community that you become part of and the connections you make. It’s much like traveling – apart from the sights, sounds and smells that you experience, it’s the people you meet along the way fully make the adventure.

Since we’re getting to know each other, here’s five interesting facts about me…

  • My nickname at university was Princess because my favourite colour is pink and I like sparkly things. I have however proved myself to be more barbarian than princess-like since living in the bush in a caravan!
  • I am a planner and an organiser who always has a never ending ‘to do’ list (or two).
  • I grew up as a cat person but having inherited a dog along with the boy, I have realised how awesome they are.
  • Uganda is my favourite country and one of the few ones I could go back to over and over again.
  • I learned to ride a motorbike in Ho Chi Minh city last year and then went on to ride 2500 miles to Hanoi.
  • I have a dream to road trip from one end of Africa to the other in a converted truck.

I hope you enjoy my thoughts on the places I (virtually) take you to and look forward to sharing our adventures with you all.

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