Bohemian: One who practices an unconventional lifestyle with few permanent ties, commonly involving musical, artistic, or literary pursuits. Bohemians may be wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds
Hola! I’m Georgia, an Australian with a huge passion for travel and experiencing what our wonderful world has to offer. I come from a stunning city on the east coast called the Gold Coast, but whenever I am at home I find my mind wandering elsewhere…
I consider myself a bit of a nomad. I have restless feet and can’t stay in the same place for too long. I’ve been on the go for the past 6 years- A mix of backpacking, living and working abroad in Spain, Italy, Croatia and Brasil and occasionally returning home.
I don’t live a normal life, but I live a life I love. My mind is in a constant state of wanderlust and because of that, I turned my passion for travel into a lifestyle. Some of my most treasured moments in life have been spent abroad. How do I live like this? I chose to. I have gone against the normal 9-5 routine and pursued a life that excites me. I live a life where mondays aren’t dreaded and weekdays are just as fun as the weekend.
My first trip overseas was to Italy when I was 14 years old. I went on an exchange and lived with a local family for 1 month on the incredible island of Sardinia. During this period I celebrated Christmas, my 15th birthday and New Years Eve. After balling my eyes out when I had to leave Sardinia, our exchange group went to Rome which felt like another world to me. This trip definitely triggered my passion for travel and I often dreamt of going back. Sardinia will always hold a very special place in my heart because of the people I met, and I often go back to stay with my beautiful non blood related Italian family.
I came back to Australia and high school got the best of me. I got sucked into it all, spending my money on superficial things to try and fit in. Looking back, I was never more miserable. I thought to be cool I had to look and act a certain way when in reality I would be thinking negative thoughts about myself all day and night. I didn’t have a bad high school experience and I had a great bunch of friends, but in hindsight I am happy those school days are behind me. My highlights in school were when I went on a couple of snow trips to New Zealand that reignited that passion for adventure and I made plans to do a snow season when I finished school. However, the pressure of going to university and getting a real job got to me, when in reality I had no idea what I wanted to do. I decided to study International Tourism Management. I went to university, but only completed one year of studies. During this time I was also working as much as possible. I often missed days at university in exchange for working and saving more money. I remember one week I skipped all my classes because I wanted to watch the winter olympics and that little voice inside my head kept telling me I should do a snow season.
Once I saw a steady income coming in from working more and more, I realised I could easily save my money if I was determined enough. One thing led to another, my studies were deferred and I worked full time in retail plus did random catering work, so I was working over 50 hours a week. I stopped spending money on things I didn’t need and soon I had enough money to travel.
I didn’t go to the snow but instead set off to Europe on my own when I was 19. My first stop was to visit my ‘Italian family’ for the first time since home stay in Sardinia, 4 years before. I ended up spending a month with them in paradise and later set off on my own to explore more of Europe and the UK. I came home after 4 life changing months and really was a different person to the one who left.
I learnt so much in this period about the world and more importantly myself. Call me cliche but travel changed me in all the right ways. The previous Georgia who was too shy to speak to strangers, who looked in the mirror and resented herself, who was too embarrassed to dance at parties without being super drunk, had become a more confident person. Travel made me feel as free as a bird and I knew this was the kind of life for me. I still wasn’t the person I wanted to be, but I now knew I was on the right track.
Since that solo trip, my life has revolved around travel. It consumes me in all the right ways and I’ve never looked back. For a few years I went through a pattern of working 4-6 months straight in retail and did all kinds of crazy hours. I was often doing shifts from 6am which meant I would get up in the dark and catch the bus to work at 5am. Other days I was working from 3pm until midnight. But I was happy doing the work, because it was funding my future adventures. I’m forever thankful for my past bosses who always supported my crazy lifestyle.
On one of my trips I’d met some girls in Rome who were working as Au pairs, which is a live in babysitter. It sounded like a great idea to me so I looked into it. I realised I could stay overseas longer if I got a job, so I randomly chose a small beach side village in Northern Spain and worked as Au Pair. Travel had turned me into this spontaneous person who could book a ticket to a place I’d never been, with the intention to work in a field I never had before. I had no idea where I was going and it felt amazing.
After that incredible experience of living the Spanish life and more travel, I came home yet again to work as much as possible. One day I was talking to a friend who told me that some travel companies were hiring. I remember dismissing it at the time, but later that evening when I was working and putting hundreds of shoes back on their shelves, I started thinking that maybe I could apply and I became super excited thinking about the possibilities. The travel company Busabout was hiring tour guides for the Sailing Croatia product, which I had done 2 times and loved. Croatia was a country I had absolutely adored when travelling and I was planning to go back there. The only problem was I still mortified of public speaking, so I didn’t see how I could get the job. I ended up applying anyway and didn’t hear back for a few weeks, but constantly checked my emails. A few nights before Christmas, there it was, my invitation to attend an interview in Sydney. I was given a topic and had to perform a speech with no notes or palm cards. I was so nervous during the interview but I couldn’t fail so I gave what I thought was a pretty good speech but delivered it with a shaking voice and shaking hands and to top it off, a shaking knee. I got called back for a personal interview and that evening I received the most exciting email of my life, I was going to Europe a few months later to train and be a Tour Guide! I get all teary just thinking about how happy I was in this moment. I went back to Europe and the training trip was the hardest thing I have done in my life, it challenged me mentally and even physically, but after putting everything I had into it for 4 weeks of barely any sleep, I signed my contract to be a Busabout Tour Guide and started my first tour the next day.
I am now working my 4th summer in Croatia. In the past 2 years I have also spent a lot of time exploring new countries and living in Brazil, learning Portuguese and soaking up the lifestyle with my boyfriend and his family.
Bohemian by the Sea is a glimpse into my free spirited life; chasing summers around the world and going wherever the sea breeze blows.