About Rare Travels.

“The world cracks open for those willing to take a risk.”

Frances Mayes

With only a month until graduation, life remained open.  Doors had closed. Countless teaching jobs had been applied for and subsequently rejected from. I started to question (i.e. lament) the (im)practicality of an English degree…

But then an invitation from two good friends: “Come to London with us!” In a matter of three days, I accepted and haven’t looked back since. With six months of living in London behind me, I then made my way to the antipodes of New Zealand. Whether working as a receptionist in Christchurch, bartending in Queenstown, or waitressing in Wellington, I had a chance to get to know the country and see just how much it has to offer.

As much as I loved my time down under, I’m thrilled to now be back in Mother England, working on a Master’s in Travel Writing from Kingston University. These words from a wide-eyed wanderluster are my thoughts as I make the world my backyard.

For more information on me and my writing, visit my website.


3 responses to “About Rare Travels.

  1. Ellie Kirby

    Dear The Great Affair,

    Just to introduce myself, my name’s Ellie and I’m writing on behalf of the Global Peace Index (GPI).

    First of all we would like to sincerely thank you for previously including the GPI in your blog in the past.

    As you’ll be aware, the GPI is a ground-breaking piece of research in the study of peace, which not only ranks nations by their peacefulness but also seeks to identify the drivers of peace. Now in its fourth year, the Index is produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, a global think tank dedicated to the research and education of the relationship between economic development, business and peace. It is collated and calculated by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

    We’re getting in touch to alert you to the fact that the next Global Peace Index will be launched on June 8th 2010. We’ll be providing you with further information closer to the time – unless you tell us that you’d rather not hear from us again – but thought you might appreciate the heads-up in the meantime.

    You might want to join us on Facebook too:


    and follow us on Twitter


    If you’ve got any thought or questions about the Index, our methodology, or our organisation, please get in touch. We hope you find our research interesting and informative, and look forward to sharing this year’s findings with you in a few weeks’ time.

    Best Wishes,

    Ellie Kirby – updates@visionofhumanity.org

  2. Ty

    Its crazy when you find out someone you know (or have meet once in a few fleeting days) is a blogger. And a good one at that. Your in my reader looking forward to your future posts!

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