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Traveller’s Tales: Grainne

To give some inspiration for the beginner and experiences travellers, someone tells his or her story based on 10 questions.

This time, Grainne – An Irish girl in Korea – answered the questions. Want to know more about her? Visit her blog by clicking here.

Who are you?

My name is Grainne. I am a 29-year-old girl from Ireland, but have been living in South Korea for the last 4 years.

How old were you when you first started travelling?

I guess the first time that I travelled for longer than 2 weeks would have been when I was 20. I spent 3 months living and working in San Diego.

Where did you go on your first trip?

My real first backpacking experience was to Thailand for a month when I was 21.

Have you ever travelled solo?

Not for longer than a week. But I parted ways with my travel partner for a week in Australia and travelled up to Port Douglas and Cap Tribulation by myself and then met her again in New Zealand.

What is your opinion on travelling solo / with someone?

Both have their benefits. Travelling solo allows you to truly do what you want without having to cater to another persons wants and needs. But travelling with someone allows you to have someone there to laugh with when times are tough and to help with the organizing part. I’ve been lucky to travel with my husband and we both have the same idea of what it is to travel and we both like the same sights and activities.

Did travelling change you as a person? How?

Yes it has. It made me become more independent and has allowed me to live a life without frills. I’ve been living in South Korea for 4 years and have spent my time here with just the necessities. I don’t have a TV, expensive clothes or other unnecessary items. Travel has allowed me to see what is really important.

What is the best/scariest/craziest/saddest or most exciting experience you had during your travels?

Wow, so many! Skydiving in New Zealand was so exhilarating especially since I had promised myself that I’d never do such a thing. Reaching the highest peak of my trek in Nepal was amazing. The scariest ride of my life, a public bus on these tiny roads up on top of mountains that had nothing to stop it from falling over the edge. I really though I was going to die.

What countries have you visited so far?

The UK, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Greece, Italy, India, Nepal, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Korea, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, USA, Mexico and of course my home country Ireland.

What is still high on your ‘to-go-to’-list?

I would love to visit Norway, Tajikistan, Patagonia and do a road trip through Alaska. Oh and Morocco and Kenya. The more that I travel the longer the list becomes.

If I say ‘travelling’, what is the first thing that pops into your head?


Visit her blog and read about all here adventures.

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