Hi! I’m Dani 🙋🏼♀️
I’m almost 30 years old and I have an insatiable appetite for travel.
Seriously. I can’t get enough of the stuff… especially if it’s really, really cold and involves incredible snow 😍 hence, The Snowcapped Passport was born (ta-duh!).
Right, so who am I?
I’m not a full-time travel blogger who gets to call this their job. I have a full-time ‘normal’ life in which I try my hardest to travel as much as humanly (and financially) possible. I believe that post-travel blues is a real thing, and should be grounds to use sick days from work 😂🙈.
How did I get here?
It all started when I was 18. Fresh out of High School and teaching kids to swim at my local swimming pool, where I had spent hundreds of thousands of hours of my adolescence trying to make it into the competitive swimming world. I was done with competitive swimming, done with school and feeling lost as to what I should do next.
My Dad wanted me to go to University. But I loathed school, so why on earth would I take it to the next level 🤮
A friend of mine suggested that I should head to Europe and be an Au Pair. Discover my European roots, learn German, my Grandfathers mother tongue, and see some of the ‘real’ world.
Within a few weeks, I had found an Au Pair family in a small town in Germany, booked a flight and it was settled. I would live in Germany for 6 months. With no more than 5 words of their language under my belt and having never been away from home for more than 2 weeks at a time… I was petrified 😭
I’m not going to lie. Those 6 months were some of the toughest, loneliest and scariest times of my travelling life.
But, they also provided some of the best lessons, the most amazing moments and experiences, and created friendships I still think fondly of today. My time in Germany also helped me to focus on what I wanted to do with my life. It helped me decide that I did, in fact, want to go to University. I wanted to have some direction in my life and this would be a good place to start.
I also knew I wanted to travel more… And so began the itchy feet syndrome.
Then what happened?
Since then, I’ve completed two University degrees in Business and Sport Management, while doing 4 ski seasons overseas and in Australia, travelling Japan, Europe and North America, and working 2 jobs at a time to get me there. I worked hard for this lifestyle, which is all the more reason why I appreciate the experiences I’ve had.
These days, I have found happy ground working in the travel industry, here in Australia. I plan as many trips as I can around my annual leave with my amazing fiancé (who, unbelievably, lives for snow more than I do 😱).
So why is The Snowcapped Passport for you?
I may not get to write as often as I’d like, but I have kept this blog alive as a promise to myself to never give up on adventure.
To never stop dreaming, seeking, exploring or finding adventure, in even the smallest ways.
If this sounds like you too, then this blog is for you!
I do bang on about snow a lot, because it’s what I love! But you’ll also find (hopefully) useful information about non-snow related destinations so be sure to check those out too.
At the end of the day, whether it’s your first trip to the snow, or you’re an experienced adventure seeker, I hope The Snowcapped Passport can help you find what you’re looking for, and inspire your next adventure ☺️