About Miss Jane
I’ve always had big dreams about travel
As a child, the biggest ones were intergalactic. I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up and “go where no one has gone before.” (Yes, I’m a Star Trek fan!) The possibilities seemed endless.
While that dream didn’t quite come to fruition, I’ve still had plenty of ideas about travel. At the age of twelve I got my first taste of international travel – living in a new country, a new culture, a different way of speaking and writing particular words, driving on the other side of the road, and people who thought I was fascinating just because I spoke with and accent.
I was hooked.
Travel has been a big part of my life ever since. I continued to take foreign languages in high school with the view to actually being able to use them in the future as I traveled around the world. I even got a part-time job so that I could go on the school language camp. I looked for opportunities to continue my studies overseas just so that I could live in another country for 6 -12 months.
Then life got in the way and I got a real J.O.B. Luckily, it was a job that gave me 6 weeks of holidays each year and a pay packet that enabled me to take overseas trips quite regularly.
I backpacked through parts of Europe and Thailand, returned to the USA to indulge my love of Disney, took my brother snow skiing in New Zealand, enjoyed a cruise around the Pacific islands, to name a few.
While they were all amazing adventures they just never quite seemed to be enough. I felt like I didn’t get to spend enough time in a lot of the places I visited. There was never enough time to really experience the culture and soul of a city. I was always left wanting more – more of the people, more of the food, more of the city. I just couldn’t figure out a way to get more of it all and to make travel a bigger part of my life.
Then there was Antarctica.
In late 2006/early 2007, I was fortunate enough to come across an opportunity to work in Antarctica for 4-6 months over the Australian summer. I put in my application and when I actually got the role I made sure that I could accept it, even when that meant that I had to quit my secure, well paying job. It was the best decision that I ever made. I have never, not even once, regretted taking that leap. My first trip to Antarctica was in the Southern Hemisphere summer of 2017. Now, in total, I’ve been back to Antarctica in one role or another, around seven times. It’s been a life changer.
My ride south – the Aurora Australis ‘parked’ in the sea ice.
Casey Station Red Shed, Living Quarters, view from the air.
I can now say that I’ve been to one of the most remote locations on Earth. That seventh continent that people will often pay tens of thousands of dollars to visit for only a week so that they can tick it off their bucket lists. But I’ve gotten so much more out of the experience.
Living in a remote, small community, I’ve learnt a lot about myself and that increased awareness has made me more confident, less picky, more tolerant, less prone to stress – all round, a much better and happier person. I have made wonderful, lifelong friends with people who are the only ones who can really understand the impact the Antarctic experience can have on you. And it has given me a clearer picture on what I want to do with the rest of my life.
Travel the World.
My ultimate dream sees me travelling the world full time. I want to be able to live and work from wherever peaks my interest. Ideally, I’d like to be able to spend as much time in those places as it takes for me to really start feeling like I know the place. I’d like to have the time to learn the language, to be able to get to know the local foods and styles of cooking, and to even start feeling a bit like a local if that’s at all possible.
I’m not there yet.
On Miss Jane Travels I’d like to share my journey to achieve my ideal travel lifestyle. You’ll find stories about where I’m actually traveling and also stories about how I’m trying to achieve my dream of becoming a full time traveler. Some might say I’m on the road to becoming a digital nomad or creating a location independent lifestyle. Whatever you want to call it, I’d like you to follow along. If you’re on your own journey to reach your ideal travel lifestyle – even if it’s only a dream at the moment, I hope that I can inspire you, share some tips with you, and even entertain you along the way.