About Janet


I’m a 28 year old, happy-go-lucky intrepid traveller, originally from Cork, Ireland, with no idea what I want to do with my life except to keep on traveling and hopefully do some good along the way. ๐Ÿ™‚

When I was younger, I can remember reading an inspirational story in a book called โ€œChicken Soup for the Soulโ€.ย ย The short story titledย Another Check Mark On the Listย is about a 15-year-old boy named John who, on one rainy day, when it was too wet outside to play, decided to write a list of goals. John continued writing until he had 127 goals. These goals included exploring the Nile River,climbing the worldโ€™s highest mountains,ย read the entire works of Shakespeareย and learning 3 foreign languages. He also wanted toย milk a poisonous snakeย and ride an ostrich!

Of the 127 goals that he listed over 60 years ago, John has achieved 108. If he lives to become 75 years old he will achieve 109 (he listed โ€œlive to see the 21st Centuryโ€). How did John achieve all of these goals? He wrote them down.

After reading this story, I too decided, like many other people,ย to make a list of all the things I wanted to do/see/learn throughout my life. I, however, wanted to achieve these things before the age of 30.ย Back then 30 seemed to be quite old and an acceptable age to have completed all my goals. This blog is about documenting all my travels and adventures, my career growth and career failure and keeping track of all the goals I have achieved and the many more which have yet to be accomplished,

Right now, following stints traveling in Asia, I am back living in Dublin and working as a Journalist.

Learning loads, smiling loads, making loads more amazing friends. I see life as one big adventure, so come join me and let’s have some fun!


129 thoughts on “About Janet

    1. Okay, so its just random luck that i locked on to journlist janet. Do these things go away? Granted, she is a wealth of knowledge of what it is like to be travelling around the world on a stipend visa with hotels and yachts gallore, but what i am really interested in is where the cheapest place to sleep is and how increibly drunk we can get out of five of whatever currency we’re in. And before you say shit, i spent the last three yeare of my life ensuring rural west AFRICAN communities had the resources and commodities to survive day to day.

      1. Hey Jason….Are you asking me a question or simply making a statement?! That’s great that you spent the last 3 years working with west African communities, very admirable. I hope that some day soon I can spend that much time in Africa, but have to save up first so I have enough money to survive with little or no pay. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Dustin! Ya I try my best to make my way from country to country as much as possible, working my away around the world really. I’m currently teaching up in the DMZ near Munsan. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great blog by the way…maes my mouth water!

    1. Hey,
      Thanks, it is going really well so far- very interesting and should help me get back Africa where I BELONG!! (In my mind anyway, and my heart I guess. )
      Going to check out your blog too as you are a fellow travel writer I see! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hey! Thanks so much for the kind words, there is so much more of the world I have to see but all in its own time! Happy blogging! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hey! Im actually home from Korea now after doing a full year there…have come home to do a Masters! Lots of tips for a newbie in Australia, will email you a bunch of links if ya like! ๐Ÿ™‚ Janet

  1. Hi, I was just wondering how you made so many pages on your blog? I noticed your blog is labelled as Home and I have no idea how to do that. I’m a newbie to wordpress, so I’m still trying to find my way around. I would appreciate your help. Great Blog by the way! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Hey Thanks! It’s real easy. Just click on the “site stats” then click “pages” tab on the left hand side of your dashboard…here you can create different pages! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope this helps! Good luck!

    1. Have to stay put for the moment to finish my Masters but as I live in Ireland, I’m sure I’ll be popping over to Britain soon enough! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hi, Janet!

    As I am new to travel blogging (in English) it was nice to notice you had liked my moneyless hitchhiking story ๐Ÿ™‚

    I like your blog as well! Good luck with the studies… hope you get to travel soon again!

  3. Hey Colleen! Wow so good to see you found my blog! I will deffo return to SA when I graduate from my Masters program next year, I really miss that place! x

  4. Fun to read of your adventures. Have you read “The Tales of a Female Nomad?” It inspired me years ago to walk away from my golden handcuffs of corporate American and start a new life. I am in central Brazil…look me up if you decide to explore Latin America. I love Brazil and have lived here as a volunteer for nine years. Hugs, pat

    1. Hi Pat, No I have never heard of it but will surely put it on my Christmas list now, seems interesting! Volunteering for 9 years? Wow, I like your style! Once I graduate from this Masters I’m hoping the job I land will let me visit and live in many different countries, I’ll be sure to look you up if I ever make it to Brazil! Janet

    1. Thanks for the comment. I was checking out your motorcycle adventures…looks so fun! I have never even been on a motorcycle…well I have been on a crappy scooter but not an ACTUAL motorbike! Too scared haha. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Hey Janet, I am Ugandan and anxious to know more about your Ugandan experience.It feels great to find online someone who has been to your country when you are in Diaspora.

    1. Hey there GETHAPPY!
      I love your blog…it is truly great! I will be blogging about some of my adventures in Uganda soon so will be sure to let you know. It is such an amazing country and the people are so welcoming, I will be back some day for sure!

    1. Cheers- Im glad you finally came to check in out- im enjoying reading about your adventures too! Best wishes, Janet ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I’m incredibly jealous of your travels! I have no clue how you afford it, lol! I am working very hard to find a way to get back to travel, because it is my passion. I have many stories to tell of the places I have been, but there are so many more I want to see! I got my TEFL so that I could teach English, but without a university degree I am limited. I keep thinking about taking a Journalism course online or something. I have an insane passion for travel and will continue to search for a way to become more portable so that I may continue to explore and share my journeys with others. I had some amazing experiences meeting couchsurfers as well! I also realize that hostels have such a bad name in the States, but they truly are a travelers gem! Please continue to write… it is inspiring.

    1. Hey! Thanks for your comment! Travel really is one of my big passions too! I hope you get to go use your TEFL somewhere, teaching English really is such fun!

  7. I thank ye for visiting this eve, Mlle Janet. You managed t’be comin’ onto a ship that was but a pale replacement for Me Real Vessel – which be here, m’Dear – http://ninjapiratequeen.wordpress.com/. I’m quite grateful that ye boarded though, because I believe I shall stay a bit and explore yer fine-lookin’ blog. Happy Hogmanay t’ye then!

    1. Don’t worry…there is A LOT of work involved too! I travel to a place, get a job for a few months, write about it, then move on! But now I’m set on a new more challenging, more rewarding and more worthwhile path in life. Coming soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Janet, so glad you’re following my blog. I LOVE what you’ve done. So very exciting. That’s what’s so great about blogging – sharing our unique stories. I do so look forward to reading more of your blog, and hope you find my journey just as interesting.

    1. Hey! Thanks for stopping by, I am loving following your blog too and look forward to reading more in the future! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Cool website, looks like you’ve seen a good chunk of earth, right on!
    I’m wandering over to Europe this summer… maybe I’ll bump into you in.. Ireland is it?

  10. Hi Janet,

    We would like to thank you for your interest in our straw bale hotel.
    As you can see, construction works are still on, but we think weโ€™ll be ready for opening in October this year.

    We wish you a Happy New Year and a lot of visits on your blog.

    Greetings from Switzerland


    1. I think it’s a really great project Louis and look forward to following your blog and its progress! Maybe I will get a chance to visit it someday- such an interesting idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Great blog! I really want to venture across Africa but am a bit query…is it a dangerous as they say?
    We may have ran into each other in Dublin couchsurfing meets!! I lived there for 2 months ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hope you all the best in your travels!

    1. I mean you easily stay out of trouble, but what fun would that be? I seem to always get myself into dangerous situations, but only dangerous by western standards. In Africa..it’s just everyday life and seriously exciting! You should deffo take an adventure there…if it’s your first trip go easy on yourself and check out Kenya, South Africa or Uganda…then when you’re feeling braver you can go a little further! ๐Ÿ™‚ Also you’re a couchsurfer too?? Awesome! When were you in Dublin?

      1. Yeah! I cant wait to explore africa but first south america and asia ๐Ÿ™‚
        I love you blog! I love when i get a new email in amoungst all my boring emails and it has a funny post to read from you !! haha
        Im just trying to get my blog up and running i didnt really use it to its potential last trip. But This time i shall with the inspiration from your blog!
        I lived in clondalkin with family for awhile in december 2009 and then again in the summer of 2010 but ill be back in europe this summer so i might just run into you at a cs party! ๐Ÿ™‚
        Love that idea for the spa in switzerland, is that from cs? What group are you a part of that you get updates about awesome stuff like that!!!
        Keep writing entertaining posts ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. Wow thanks for your lovely comment, love reading encouraging word like these! Im so glad you are enjoying my blog and I hope it will want you go to Africa- such an AMAZING place, I simply can’t wait to go back! Yes the jacuzzi thing is through the SWISS MOUNTAIN LOVERS CS group..looks so fun! Janet

  12. Thanks for liking my post on Cuba, Janet! I loved visiting your blog, too — and because we’re kindred spirits, you might like my brand new blog (premiering now ..) called
    heifer12x12.wordpress.com — I’m going to 12 countries in 12 months of 2012 for Heifer International, that does great work to end poverty & hunger all over the globe. Maybe we’ll
    be in some of the same places??!! Are you in Uganda now?? I just went in November – fabulous country!!! Have fun, be safe & let’s follow each other’s journey!! Betty

    1. Wow 12 countries in 12 months sounds really amazing Betty, Im very jealous, but also admire you as it seems like a great cause! Im actually home in Ireland at the moment doing a Masters in Humanitarian Action, but hope to be back on the road once I graduate! As my blog is only about 1 and a half years old, Im currently updating with my adventures from my early twenties…4-5 years ago. I found some old travel diaries so am transferring my diary entries into my blog…such great memories! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Wowee!! How have you afforded to do so much travel? that’s incredible ๐Ÿ˜€
    I just graduated university in a bachelor of media and am now travelling on your side of the world…currently in London!

    1. Oh cool…let me know if you make it to Ireland! I work my way around most countries that I go to picking up jobs as I go… and worked my way through college so I could go abroad each summer!! Enjoy your travels!

  14. Thanks for visiting my site (The Summa) and liking one of my posts.

    I just read your flash mob post. It looks like you had a great time. Very well written. It caught my attention and held it.

    Will you ever work in journalism? You have a nice voice and a good way with words.

    Good luck with your journeys. It looks like you are more of a travel than a destination.

    Regards, Dave Albrecht

    1. Hey David, thanks for checking out my blog too! I’m not sure if I’ll ever work in Journalism as I’m a humanitarian at heart and that is what I’m working on at the moment, with the hope of getting a job with the United Nations or an NGO in Africa! Thanks for the compliment! Janet

    1. Likewise Miles! I wish you the best of luck with your alcohol free Lent…hopefully we can help each other out with words of encouragement!

    1. Hey Zahar! I love the layout fo your blog..it looks very professional and more like a website than a blog..I’m very jealous! You have a new follower! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Thanks Janet for the compliment! You don;t have to be jealous, Your blog looks more attractive than mine! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for following! Imma follow u too!

  15. Hi Janet,

    You have a lovely blog up here. I enjoy what I’ve been reading so far. Well done on this! ๐Ÿ™‚

    After taking a joyful ride in your blog, I now would like to kindly invite you to visit mine.

    Thank you and have a wonderful day, my lovely friend! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Subhan Zein

    1. Thanks Michael….I have many more plans, ideas and adventures to fill the next few years with too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I am writing a blog post on 7 most ridiculously simple ways to save money on travel. Would you like to give your input for my post. 1 or 2 best tips will suffice but as long as they are ridiculously simple!

    1. Jambo Bwana! Mzuri sana, asante sana! ๐Ÿ™‚ I really want to learn more swahili this summer! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. I’m in Holland at the moment and heading on a field trip to Georgia next week for 10 days! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Thanks for stopping by Stowaway. Reading your About page is enough to send most of us travelers into a swoon of envy, and I love the posts. Glad you got your camera back!

    1. haha I love finding fellow couchsurfers who are bloggers! I myself am a total CS addict, and trying to hook my parents up with AirBnB at the mo! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Wow that was a lot of travels ๐Ÿ™‚ And a lot of of volunteer work. Thank you for sharing your life to those in need.
    I added you in my blogroll, I hope you don’t mind ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. So much travel! People think I move around a lot but you’ve got me beat — I hope to have such a crazy story when I’m 26 ๐Ÿ™‚ Btw, your avatar looks REALLY familiar to me, it’s driving me nuts not being able to figure out why! Anyway if you’re ever back in Paris give a shout, like!

    1. Hmmm maybe we crossed paths before?! Are you on couchsurfing by any chance? Who knows! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Loving your blog and especially the fact that you love all things Irish! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. YES that’s it! I’ve seen you in the CS forums, especially from when I was planning my trip back in 2009! Funny how we’ve connected three years later ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. haha that’s so funny how things work out! If I make it to paris over the summer I will deffo look you up…Im in desperate need of improving my french if I’m to get a job in the UN!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hello! Sorry for RIDICULOUS delay in getting back to you…only seeing this comment now!! I taught in St Kevins Secondary School in Lodwar, in the Turkana province of Northern Kenya. We travelled mostly on the coast and in the Turkana Region, but also a few stops in Western Kenya by Lake Victoria. I went to boarding school in Bandon, in Co.Cork, Ireland! ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh and I was in Kenya Summer 2006, Summer 2007 and November 2012.

    1. Hello! I work, work, work!! I mostly work my way around the world, getting a job for 1 year in 1 country then moving on to the next. I stay in cheap places when traveling and eat like the locals. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope that helps!

  20. Wow! I’m really stoked to read through your blog and read your adventures to come – if for nothing else other than a how-to on doing it myself! You’re pretty inspirational, lady!

  21. Wow, Janet. You’re living the sort of life I want. But just how does one go about it? I fear not having enough money, steady income. If I could work out some arrangement, whether through freelance or a book deal, sure, that would help make it happen for me. I do get to travel some, now and then, and I’m always writing so that’s good for now. Will continue to read your blog and keep getting inspired.

  22. Hii Janet, first of all thanks for finding me and thus giving me a way to find u. Loved your bio and also your blog. Thanks for sharing the world and inspiring us. Keep at it.
    I am more towards road tripping and india offers so much to explore.
    Lets stay connected and discuss more on travel. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. You know what, Janet – of all the Chicken Soup stories I’ve read, I vividly remember (and sometimes think about) THIS particular story you mentioned! I remember feeling so inspired when I first read that story. I have a bucket list of 87 items as well, and although I hear some comments about how experiences shouldn’t be “do it and tick off”, I cherish the items on my list because they keep me motivated, inspired and excited. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure you feel the same. I’m happy to have stumbled across your blog, and would be following your adventures. ๐Ÿ™‚

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