Why hello there – my name is Maria and as one of the newest Exploring Kiwis we thought I’d better introduce myself…
Anybody who knows me, knows that I love to make lists. So, I thought it was only fitting that I introduce myself in list format and tell you some things about myself!
I’m a Kiwi, with a Dutch passport, living in Switzerland, thinking about moving to Scotland. Very confusing, I know. I was born and bred in Auckland, New Zealand, but I was never a huge traveller when I was younger – a few trips here and there to Australia with family was about the extent of it.
Like many people, the catalyst for my travel obsession came about after a rather awful breakup. After suffering through a minor existential crisis (Who am I? What am I doing? Help!) I threw in the towel and flew to Thailand with a friend for an 8 week backpacking trip – eating, drinking and adventuring – and from that moment travel became a bit of an obsession.
I’ve lived in the Middle East and Europe. I’ve travelled extensively through more than 50 countries, sometimes on a budget, sometimes not, and almost always by myself.
My favourite countries so far are Switzerland, Turkey, Croatia, Samoa and Iceland. I still have so many more on my list to go – I’ve always thought that it is one of life’s greatest mysteries that when you travel, instead of your to-do list getting smaller it somehow keeps getting bigger and bigger…
Some things I like – beaches, surfing, cocktails, crepes, hammocks, hiking, photos of pretty sunsets, cheese and history.
Some things I dislike – people who walk too slowly, manspreaders, shellfish, snickers bars and monuments covered in scaffolding.
And that’s me in a nutshell, really. Thank you for popping over to my tiny corner of the Internet – I can’t wait to share my adventures with you!