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Joanna’s Story

This Is My Story…. What’s Yours?

If you think travel is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal – Paulo Coehlo



Hey there! I’m Joanna (as you may have already guessed from my blog name), and i’m from lovely Australia also known as "down under". 

I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and in 2013 I had an undeniable urge to move down to Melbourne, Australia – and so that’s exactly what i did!

I arranged a place to stay with a friend until I got on my feet and found my own place, and as they say “the rest is history”.  Moving down here has been of the best decisions i’ve ever made, as i’ve met my now husband and we are expecting our first child (a son) this August 2019.

We've experienced so much that Victoria has to offer!

Travelling, eating – mainly pizza and hot chips – the ocean, animals and looking after our only planet are my passions and absolute loves (apart from my husband and family and friends of course). The colour of my Japanese jiu-jitsu belt is brown (look out!) and my end goal is to grab myself a black one.

My background is 3/4 Maltese and 1/4 French (have to throw the French part in there. Makes me sound more exotic, ya know?)



The Start Of An Obsession

My first overseas trip was in 2007. Since then, i have had “the travel bug”, which is now more politically correct called “wanderlust”. I have travelled to America, South Africa, Mozambique (where my husband proposed), New Zealand, Fiji, Brazil, Dubai, Singapore, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Malta (twice), France, and The Greek Islands. There’s soooo much more that i have on my list, and i will soon be ticking them off!

A few quick tips to consider before moving interstate/overseas:

  • Ensure you have at least one person that you may be able to call on if you get into any form of trouble
  • Do some research of the area you would like to live in. This will make it A LOT easier when it comes to looking for a place
  • Get out there! It’s easy to just do your own thing at first, but ensure you are socialising and joining social groups so as to get out of your comfort zone and make new friends. This will also help you find more of the hidden gems that only the locals may know about
  • If you’re working – aim for your workplace to be relatively close by. Nothing worse than wasting exploring time stuck in traffic!
  • Collect business cards of the places you go, so when you have visitors you know where you’ve been and can take them there. (This will also make you look cool as though you know the ins and outs of your hood)
  • Take up a new hobby. This will enable you to create some routine (if that’s your thing) and start to feel more at home. I enrolled in jiu-jitsu, and I have made some awesome friends as well as learnt a lot. Plus I can now kick your ass