I’m Dani ??
I’m 28 years old and I have an insatiable appetite for travel.
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 and this would be the place to start.
I also knew I wanted to travel more… And so the itchy feet syndrome began.
Since then, I’ve completed two University degrees in Business and Sport Management, whilst 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 my happy ground working in the travel industry, here in Australia.
Even though I don’t get out to explore nearly as often as I want to, not a day goes by that I don’t dream about our next trip (or 10 ?).
I may not get to write as often as I’d like, but I have kept this blog 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.
So, whether you are a dreamer, adventure seeker or just looking for a couple of tips, I hope The Snowcapped Passport can help you find what you’re looking for ?.