Rachel McDonald

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About me

Born to an American mother and Aussie father who met in a Tuscan campground, I spent my childhood in Australia...but was never destined to stay in one place too long.

I took my first solo trip to the USA at 15, before heading to study in Montreal at 19. This was the trip that would seal my fate and condemn me to a lifetime of wanderlust...I've since worked with sea turtles in Greece, taken too many photos of great European sites from the Eiffel Tower to the Trevi fountain, alternated stints working as a researcher and project co-ordinator for NGO's in Costa Rica with waitressing in a winery in California and chicken-bussing throughout Central America and southern Mexico.

Subsequent journeys have taken me to the wilds of far-eastern Turkey, beach-bumming in Albania, cevapcici-eating in the balkans, and camping at blues festivals in Italy with people I befriended whilst sailing the Turkish Riviera.

I next found myself managing mental health projects in London...until one weekend in the Czech Republic was nowhere near enough, I headed back to London, resigned from my job, and packed my bags to live in Cesky Krumlov, in the southern Czech Republic.

Latin America finally drew me back after my stint in the Czech Republic, and I spent a year travelling, volunteering and working my way around the continent, visiting every country in South America along the way.

I am currently back in Australia and pursuing a PhD, when I'm not avoiding my thesis by writing travel guides I am researching them on trips around Asia (Japan, Hong Kong and Malaysia so far...).