ABOUT

DAYNA

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My name is Dayna and I’ve been wandering this world for about 15 years. Sometimes I holiday but I prefer to travel – there’s a difference. I’ve visited more than 30 countries, some have been whirlwind visits and others I’ve stopped, settled and truly immersed myself. That’s when my heart is most satisfied.

When I finished school I had no idea what I wanted to do. While most of my friends were figuring out which degree they were going to apply for I was feeling lost and underwhelmed at the prospect of more study. I didn’t want to choose a random course for a career path I knew nothing about just because that’s what you’re ‘supposed’ to do. I’ve never really felt comfortable with the idea of conforming so I took a full time job and started plotting my first adventure. I guess the universe had a plan because I still work in that profession today.

When I was 20 I moved to Canada, my first working holiday experience. Many of my friends were planning trips to South East Asia because that was all the rage at the time but I had been allured by the opportunity to live and work in a new country. That experience was cut short when my mum was diagnosed with cancer and I returned to Australia to support her and my younger sister who was only 10 at the time. We were lucky, my mum survived and lives a happy life in a beautiful part of Australia – a holiday destination itself. I thought I’d never get over missing out on that first experience in Canada. I even wrote to the government requesting special consideration for my work permit due to the circumstances – no luck.

Since then I’ve lived and worked in the UK, the US and now my career has landed me in Africa. Uganda to be exact. There’s something about living in another country that makes the experience so much richer. I’ve travelled all over the world but my most nostalgic memories are from the places where I knew my way around without a map.

LOGAN

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I’m Logan and I’ve been travelling the world since I was a child. I was incredibly lucky to grow up in a family that truly valued the experience of travelling, my Dad lived and worked all over the world and took us with him whenever he had the chance. Some of my fondest memories are from when we travelled as a family. So far I’ve visited over 20 countries, plenty more to go!

Unlike Dayna I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I finished school and pursued it straight away. I always loved sport growing up but wasn’t good enough to play professionally so I decided I’d get into Sports Management. After finishing university I began working for the Australian Football League (AFL) which is kind of like the EPL in England or the NFL in America, just a completely different sport! If you’ve never heard of it check it out here.

I loved what I did for work but needed to travel, I thought about quitting my job to move overseas more times than I can count but couldn’t bring myself to do it. I had a great job and was building a career I loved. I decided I would take the ‘best of both worlds’ approach and use my four weeks annual leave to see as much of the world as I could every year. I motorbiked through Vietnam, bought a boat and sailed down the Mekong in Laos, jumped in my mates converted school bus to cruise across America and had heaps of other amazing adventures.

But that all changed when Dayna was offered the chance to move to Uganda with her work, an opportunity too good to pass up and one I certainly didn’t plan on missing out on!

 

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