About Willow in Wanderland

Hey There,

Welcome to Willow in Wonderland.

I’m so glad you’re here!

First of all, thank you for visiting! I guess you ended up here because you are researching for a trip? Or do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut and just needed some inspiration? Do you want to change your entire life? Or do you simply want to maximize your time off work and travel a bit more? Whatever the reason might be, I’m here to make sure you have the best possible travel experience! 

About Willow in Wanderland

Willow in Wanderland is a travel blog geared towards inspiring independent backpackers. Launching in early 2017, Willow in Wanderland was created to share with incredible destinations and provide you with informative and inspirational travel content while retaining the humour of my dysfunctional travels. I give you my full permission to laugh at me while reading about my mistakes along the road.

About Me

I’m Jaime, but you can call me Willow. I’m 24 and from Melbourne, Australia. OK, I may be a bit biased, but Melbourne is the best city ever pretty great.

I love backpacking and challenging myself to travelling really cheap. I also need to admit that I am a hypocrite cause I struggle to do this for a long period of time (there is something about showering regularly that I just really enjoy). While I am getting better, every now and again I splash out and treat myself to some quality water pressure. So you’ll find some more luxurious options thrown in here too. Whatever your travel style, I’m right there with you. I guess you could call me a ‘glam-packer’.

Big Lagoon, El Nido. Photo by Willow in Wanderland
Big Lagoon, El Nido. Photo by Willow in Wanderland

Unfortunately my love for travel didn’t come with the skill for it. I have gotten sick, checked myself out of my hostel in the Philippines before I was actually meant to leave, left an iPad at a hotel, paid a tuk tuk driver $20 in Laos to drive me 50m down the road, and countless other escapades. But have no fear – I have done all this and nearly driven my parents to an early grave so that you can learn from my mistakes! You’re welcome.

Batad Rice Terraces, Philippines
Batad Rice Terraces, Philippines

I’m not in a position to be able to quit my job and travel full time. So instead, I work the 9-5 grind and travel both Australia and the globe at every opportunity I get. I’ve traveled around Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific Islands.

My bucket list countries include Sri Lanka, Spain, Iceland, ski mountains of Canada, Jordan and Peru and pretty much every other country in the world.

In true Melbournian style, I love good (great) coffee, smashed avo with a poachie for brunch, my footy team, and weekend road trips. These are the the things I miss the most when I travel and my go to’s as soon as I get home. In the last three years I have started snowboarding and have grown to love minus degree temperatures (yes, Australia does have snow!).

I’m lucky to share most of my travels with my boyfriend Tom. He is chief photographer, bus ride banter provider and currency converter to make sure I don’t pay the lovely Vietnamese lady $60 for my bánh mì again (true story).

I’d love to get to know you too. Tell me about yourself in the comments below 🙂

Willow. xx

Where to next?

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Vietnam Travel Guide

Island Hoping in El Nido, Philippines

Philippines backpacker guide
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2 thoughts on “About Willow in Wanderland

  1. I can definitely relate. I love to get down and dirty and challenge myself when travelling, but when a girl needs her shower, a girl needs her shower. Can’t wait to read more about your adventures!

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