Suitcase And I was created as a source of inspiration to empower individuals to explore the world and become engaged global citizens. Through my first hand accounts readers are provided with knowledge, reviews and recommendations on the best attractions, events and cultural experiences currently in the industry.
Thank you for joining me on my journey around the world! My name is Chelsie and I am an Australian Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Media and Communications student from Brisbane who has an insatiable bout of wanderlust. Over the past two years I have travelled to 7 continents and 60 countries! In 2015 I began my travels as I continued my studies on a 12 month study exchange in London. In September 2016, out of 26,907 applicants worldwide I was selected by the company AXA as their next ‘Great Global Adventurer’. This means that I am currently being sponsored to travel, intern and volunteer around the world. My hope is that Suitcase And I will give you insight into places you might not have normally thought to visit or experiences you may not have known existed. I also hope to give you advice and recommendations based on my time volunteering internationally, studying abroad and working overseas.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why call your blog ‘Suitcase And I’?
After applying for an overseas study exchange I started the process of selling my possessions to help finance my travels. The goal was to be able to fit everything I owned in a suitcase before I left, hence the blog name, ‘Suitcase And I’!
How do you afford to travel?
I personally financed all my travels initially and as Suitcase And I grew I have been lucky enough to gain sponsorship and endorsements for my travels by various companies. If I have been sponsored or endorsed you can be sure this will be acknowledged and flagged in the article 🙂 To finance the my travels in the beginning I worked 10-20 hours a week part time during high school and worked full time on top of full time university studies. Travelling is something I always envisioned for myself, since I can remember all I wanted to do was to see more of the world. While I understood there were significant barriers in the way of these plans (money, education, career etc.) I always tried to keep my travel aspirations at the forefront of goals. By having clear priorities the challenge to sacrifice certain expenses and social activities during high school and university became easier. As mentioned previously, I am currently on a year long contract with AXA as their Great Global Adventurer which means I will be traveling full time in 2016/2017. You can read more about how I saved and budgeted my money in the Travel Tips section of Suitcase And I.
Where have you travelled?
On my exchange I travelled to: England, Spain, Hungary, Morocco, Romania, Scotland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, USA, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Vatican City, Monaco, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Egypt, Iceland, Turkey, Canada.
I have also visited: Australia (my home), New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Malaysia, New Zealand, United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Antarctica!
What are your upcoming travel plans?
I am currently based in Paris but will be heading back to the Asia/Oceania region in June!
Where is your favorite destination?
Antarctica! In terms of a city though, nothing can beat London… but NYC was pretty close 😀
Who do you travel with?
I am travelling by myself most of the time! This is the result of a combination of factors. For example, as soon as I started earning an income I started budgeting for my travel plans, whereas a majority of my friends had prioritized other expenses.
Admittedly, I would love to share all my travels with friends and family by my side, but I have learned to love travelling by myself because I have got to meet the most amazing people from all around the world! Solo travel is definitely something that takes getting used to, so feel free to visit my Travel Tips page as there are plenty of hints and tricks to encourage you to take that leap of faith, you will not regret it!
Who takes your photos?
As I travel by myself I use a lightweight collapsible Manfrotto tripod most of the time. Alternatively, I ask another person in the vicinity if they would mind taking a photo of me. Asking a stranger can be a bit daunting but I have definitely gotten used to it over time and it can be a great opportunity to meet new people! If I am lucky enough to be travelling with friends I ask them 🙂
Check out How To Take Photos When Traveling Solo for a detailed article on how I get my shots!
What Camera do you use?
I use a Canon 60D with an 18-55mm lens however I also use my Iphone 6. I am currently saving up for a wide-angle lens as I feel a lot of my landscape shots would benefit from this and I am hoping to one day purchase a DJI Mavic to improve the quality of content available on my YouTube Channel.