About

My name is Naomi, and I stand behind a camera and go ‘click, click, click.’

Travel has always been a major part of my life, most importantly because people fascinate me.

The things we do, the way we think, and the desires which manifest themselves around us mesmerise me.

Being in a completely new place, witnessing something that I’ve never seen before, or learning about a culture in ways I didn’t know – this is what puts the biggest smile on my face.

And now, I’ve dedicated my life to pursuing that happiness.

In 2010, knowing that I didn’t want travel to be something that only happened once or twice a year, I made the decision to permanently leave home in order to pursue it as a lifestyle.

In the time since, I’ve been an expat, working a 9-5 job abroad; a backpacker, bumming from one town to the next; and a transitory nomad, renting apartments for a month and then taking off again.

I’ve lived and worked in South Korea, Thailand, Laos, Georgia, and now Australia. I’ve travelled from Beijing to Moscow on the Trans-Siberian railway, spent a year backpacking Southeast Asia, periodically hopped back to Europe for visits with family and friends, and not once felt an overpowering pull of homesickness. Because, let’s be honest: though I love my home, the world is far more interesting!

I am 110% in love with this lifestyle. This is my passion. And the road is where my heart is.

Some of my more memorable travel adventures include…:
– getting shot at with live fireworks in Taiwan
breaking my leg in South Korea, but then recovering in Japan
– working with mummies during an archaeological field school in Peru
diving one of the most famous dive sites in the world in Malaysia
– travelling by train from Beijing overland to Moscow on the Trans-Siberian
spotting pygmy elephants and wild orangutans in the jungles of Borneo
– backpacking Morocco as a solo 20-year old blonde gal…and living to tell the tale
dropping all plans for a month to move to Georgia (the country, not the state)
– seeing something powerful during a night in the Negev
ridesharing and Couchsurfing up the Pacific Northwest
– partying for 24 hours straight in Berlin
disconnecting from the world with a nomadic family in Mongolia
– …and always being inspired to keep going for more!

All in all, people fascinate me. Travel sustains me. And an absolutely insatiable curiousity drives me.

Join me for the ride!

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44 Responses to About

  1. neha 15 July, 2010 at 11:24 #

    Love your work.

  2. Kim 25 July, 2010 at 00:13 #

    Hey! Love your photos. Just saw you on the TBEX site. I added your blog to our blogroll. Happy travels!

    Kim
    http://www.touncertaintyandbeyond.com
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/touncertaintyandbeyond/sets/

    • na-o-mi 3 August, 2010 at 17:55 #

      Oh WOW. I just checked out your site and absolutely love it! Thanks so much for coming by :)

  3. Ekua 1 August, 2010 at 13:25 #

    Yay, I’m glad I found your site! Lovely photography, adding you to my blogroll :)

    • na-o-mi 3 August, 2010 at 17:56 #

      Hey pretty lady! Glad you found me….Matador is magic :)

  4. Anne 4 November, 2010 at 04:46 #

    Your blog is gorgeous! Totally bookmarked.

  5. Constant Nomad 24 March, 2011 at 10:20 #

    LOVE IT. Keep on rocking.

  6. Michelle Forsmo 1 August, 2011 at 16:10 #

    Stopped by on a recomendation from your Aunt Heather…AMAZING pictures and I really love your writing. I have bookmarked the site and will be visiting often. Reading about all the places you have been makes me want to throw a dart at the map and just take off :-)

    • na-o-mi 17 September, 2011 at 19:11 #

      Thank you!! It’s so wonderful to think that this blog could inspire others to travel, in whatever small way :)

  7. Muddy Minds 13 September, 2011 at 22:52 #

    Just started my own blog about my travels and stories from them. You have guts girl! Happy travels!

    MM

    http://muddymindsturpentine.blogspot.com/

    • na-o-mi 17 September, 2011 at 19:11 #

      Thank you darling ♥

  8. Gerard ~ GQ trippin 29 November, 2011 at 14:24 #

    Great blog. Are you on twitter too?

  9. Andrew Graeme Gould 6 December, 2011 at 09:44 #

    I’m glad I clicked when I came across the link to your blog on another blog you had visited. Excellent combination of high class images and interesting personal travel insights.

    All the best from Santiago…

  10. Kay 5 December, 2012 at 02:18 #

    I love your story, and I think I’m about to follow in your footsteps once I graduate. As a college student, it’s always great to see people who get to travel for a living, because it’s something I am so passionate about. Keep it up, girl! You rock!

    Kay

    • na-o-mi 5 December, 2012 at 18:24 #

      Fantastic – can’t wait to hear about your adventures!! :)

  11. Patrick Kelly 15 January, 2013 at 02:37 #

    Naomi, whats your work? you mention that you have to go back to work? What is that and how is money made. I keep traveling and I am looking for work.

    • na-o-mi 15 January, 2013 at 13:15 #

      Hustling. Hustling is my work ;) Teaching English has been the most prolific job to get, as well as the best paying, but once you start on the road, you encounter so many other opportunities to make money – writing online, photographing, even modelling or working as a film extra. Where are you based? If you’re in Thailand, I can definitely hook you up!

  12. Arianna 4 May, 2013 at 21:44 #

    Hey Naomi! I’m an Italian girl, I came across your blog by reading HMS voyager’s and I just want to tell you that I love your work and everything you said in the “About” here above. I absolutely agree with your decision to leave home and dedicate your life to pursuing this sort of happiness. Hope to follow in your footsteps in the future.
    Best greetings from Italy! If you happen to be in Calabria I will be glad to host you (:

    P.s.=I’m sorry if mine is not a proper english!

    • Naomi Alyssa 25 May, 2013 at 19:05 #

      Thank you Adrianna! Drop a line when your next adventure is around the corner :)

  13. adam 8 May, 2013 at 21:16 #

    love your site very cool safe travels :)

  14. acooljerk 18 May, 2013 at 16:45 #

    Wow… your About page just described my wildest dream, and you’re living it..!
    Kudos to you Naomi, I wish you an extraordinary life..:-)

  15. Mikey 21 May, 2013 at 12:21 #

    Naomi I love your blog! I noticed you went to Peru but only wrote about Arequipa, did you see any more of the country? I loved the San Francisco Convent! They offer special dinners in the rooms there at night I want to go back just for that!!!

    • Naomi Alyssa 22 May, 2013 at 15:58 #

      I did – I spent four weeks there for my archaeology field school. Hit up Lima and Moquegua as well as Arequipa…and still trying to word my post on working with mummies, ha! ;)

      • Mike E. 22 May, 2013 at 22:44 #

        “Working with mummies” sounds like a name for a good fiction book. I’ll look out for it! My wife visited “Juanita”, it wasn’t her thing, she prefers taking photos of people in the streets, stoic faces… etc. I would have enjoyed that more.

  16. Polina 12 July, 2013 at 05:25 #

    Your blog is amazing, an inspiration to a beginner like me!
    btw I see that you have not yet traveled to Nepal, it was my
    home for 8 years and recently went back to visit. I think you’d love it!
    got some pics up on my site if you want to check it out :)

    • Naomi Alyssa 20 July, 2013 at 10:55 #

      Thank you for such kind words, Polina! You’re right, I haven’t been to Nepal yet, but I want to go like CRAZY – most likely next year. Will contact you for tips when I do! ;)

  17. Reima 23 July, 2013 at 04:44 #

    Seriously, you are doing what I hope to finally do soon! You’re amazing! I’ve been on life changing adventures (not fully documented yet on my blog, which I’m currently transitioning to) but they’ve only been little trips here and there. I will definitely follow your blog and I look forward to more of your posts! :)

    Reima @ loveatraveler.blogspot.com

    • Naomi Alyssa 23 July, 2013 at 13:49 #

      Thank you kindly, Reima! The world is waiting…and it’s more than possible for anyone to get out there and explore it.

  18. Judy 26 September, 2013 at 10:55 #

    I have a question. You mentioned having a foreign face to teach in korea. So are you saying they won’t pick you if you are Asian? That’d be some messed up shit, even if I am American and fluent in English. Just wondering before I go pay 200 for that TESL test

    • Naomi Alyssa 7 November, 2013 at 20:58 #

      Hey Judy! Thanks for getting in touch…teaching in Korea is a seriously kick ass opportunity ;) It is true that some applicants who don’t fit the ‘young white foreigner’ mould have a tougher time finding teaching jobs in Korea (because having a stereotypical ‘foreign teacher’ is a boost for the school’s status in the community) but this is usually only with the private schools (hagwons). Don’t think public schools are any problem – the lot of us public school teachers were a pretty mixed group. And I recommend them IMMENSELY, anyways. Get your TESL & go for EPIK or SMOE! I’ve been so thankful I did it :)

  19. Nathan 25 October, 2013 at 18:05 #

    Hi Naomi,
    As a constant traveler myself, I can relate to your life and passion for travel.

    I have just gained a full time job in Bangkok and the company I am working for is looking for someone with phototgraphy and blogging experience who can share their stories with us. After reading your web pages and blogs for the past few months I have come to know a bit about your travels and interests, photography and blogging.

    If you are interested in having your stories/ photos published on an international travel and tour based website, please get in contact with me via my personal email address.
    I do not have the authority to offer anything exclusive to you personally but I have advised my immediate manager about my idea and we can look into more if anything becomes of this.

    You sound very professional and people like you need the praise for their hard work and dedication.

    Let me know what you think and if you have any questions please contact me.

    Thanks,
    Nathan

    • Naomi Alyssa 7 November, 2013 at 20:59 #

      Love this!! You’re awesome for getting in touch. Getting to your e-mail now :)

  20. Ian 30 January, 2014 at 13:25 #

    Hi Naomi!

    Are you still volunteering at Kinfolk? I started back last week. When are you leaving Melbourne? I’m working on my website slowly but surely. I have a while to go before it is up to the standard of this one. Even if we don’t catch up, the short time i spent with you was inspiring.

    All the best

    Ian

    • Naomi Alyssa 6 February, 2014 at 15:39 #

      Yep, and I should be here until April or May! Are you still on Mondays?

  21. Nikita 27 February, 2014 at 01:32 #

    I fell upon your blog a few days ago, and have been obsessively reading it ever since. As someone who spends most of her travel time meandering around, talking to people and generally just soaking up the environment, I find your posts very relatable. You create an incredible sense of place, and your photography is breath-taking! I’ll be beginning my life as a permanent nomad in a short month, and you’re making me even more excited (if that’s even possible!)
    I selfishly hope that you never stop traveling, so I can continue reading about all of your adventures. :)

  22. Melissa G 11 July, 2014 at 23:37 #

    Hi Naomi,

    My name is Melissa and I stumbled upon your website while researching for potential expats. I work as a producer on a travel/property television show. We are currently looking to cast expats that are living in remote areas or off the grid. I was wondering if you know anyone that I should connect that has recently made the move to a remote area or unique type of housing. On previous episodes of our series we have filmed people living in a cabin in the Arctic to treehouses in Costa Rica.
    If this is something that would interest you or someone you know please get in touch at melissagrassi@leopardfilms.com
    Thank you
    Melissa

    • Suresh 11 February, 2015 at 04:54 #

      Hi Melissa,

      Where can i view and get ideas about alternative lifestyle, it is my early retirement plan.
      please mail me the details sureshw@medigain.com

      All the best with your work…

      Suresh W.

  23. Suresh 11 February, 2015 at 04:50 #

    Hi Naomi,

    Saw that you are planning to come to Srilanka, would be great to share some stories over a drink when you are in Colombo. Love your work or rather your passion, inspiring….

    Suresh W.

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