Who Is The Irie Explorer?

Irie is Jamaican slang which roughly means, “The state of feeling great.” It is a word used to describe yourself when you feel at peace with your current state of being. When you have no worries. When you’re content.

That is how I feel when I travel.

I’m Liane. A 20-something Canadian girl who was bitten by the travel bug at a very early age, and I’ve been living my life in a way that accommodates this for as long as I’ve been able to.

I’ve always loved to explore and discover new things, and luckily I grew up with parents who had similar adventurous spirits. As a child my family visited the United States a lot, and we often vacationed to the Caribbean. When I got older, after graduating from college and working full-time for a few years (and doing a few smaller trips to California, New York City, South Carolina, and the Bahamas in between), I was finally able to afford my dream of backpacking around Europe, and my best friend came with me, too! We travelled to a total of thirteen countries and got the opportunity to explore around 25 different cities on that trip. It was a life-changing experience, and I thought it would finally quench my insatiable thirst for travel…

Visiting London, England during my trip to Europe in the summer/fall of 2011.

Visiting London, England during my backpacking trip through Europe. August 2011.

Four months later, after enduring weeks of “itchy feet” (the uncontrollable need to travel and explore a new place), I made the bold decision to board a flight and move half way across the world to Australia. I spent a total of ten months living and working in Melbourne, and concluded my time there with a four week road trip up the East Coast.

In front of the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. June 2012.

In front of the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. June 2012.

Flash forward to eleven months later (after living back home in Canada and working for a while), and I boarded another flight back to Melbourne, Australia and spent another three months there visiting my boyfriend and exploring more of his wonderful country.

Scuba diving with a sea turtle in The Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia. December 2013.

Scuba diving with a sea turtle in The Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia. December 2013.

I started this blog for several reasons; mainly because I love to travel and love to meet and connect with other people who love to travel, but also because I found that my friends and family often approached me with their travel questions when they went away. What do they pack? How can they find good deals? Where should they go? What should they do when they get there? After spending hours with friends talking about the same travel tips over and over again, I finally decided to write everything down.

I wanted to start a travel blog that encompassed all of these things – connecting with fellow travellers, offering opinions and advice (and hopefully getting some back), inspiring others to travel and see the world, as well as serving as my own personal travel journal to keep myself and others up-to-date on where I am now in the world, and what I’m doing there.

Thank you for reading and following me on my journey.

– Liane xx

Note: If you’re interested in learning more, I recently wrote a post How I Found My Wanderlust that explains more about how I fell in love with travel, and why I’ve chosen to continue travelling so much as I’ve grown older. 

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