PART 3 - THE FINALE.
To begin with, Roam was a passion project born out of a love for research and travel. It was a representation of the way I liked to travel.
As soon as the holiday was booked, I would lose myself in hours of research for where to eat, sip, shop, play and sleep. I would get lost in the deepest insta dives and re-surface with gold. Pre-conceived perceptions shifted and I discovered cities and countries through new lenses. Honolulu was no longer just Waikiki and the Gold Coast wasn't Surfers Paradise. It was all so much more.
On return from my travels, I would create 'destination compilations' and these would then be passed onto family, friends and friends of friends. It was at this point that the Roam travel guide concept was born and I had plans to explore the world. And then...something called Covid happened and travel was flipped on it's head.
Airports became ghost towns and borders closed. Suitcases were being used to build cubby houses and passports were shoved to the back drawer. Instagram feeds were flowing with throw back images of holidays from a bygone era. Our world became very quiet and still.
The veil of lock down 1.0 slightly lifted, and we were able to move more freely. The concept of #holidayathome was introduced and so began the exploration of our backyard.
I started to realise that not all was lost, in fact, so much was found - I finally had the chance to delve into new territory. I started to Roam. Within a few hours, I could jump in my car and be anywhere. One minute I was eating the best dumplings in a town boasting 175 years of history and in the next breath I was sipping a Freddo Cappuccino way better than anything I ever had during 8 trips to Greece. I was falling. Truly, madly, deeply, head over heels for Australia and was pumping out travel guides for others to enjoy And then...the speed hump of lockdown 2.0 happened..and continues to happen. It is no surprise that I am totally disheartened and disappointed however, I will not be defeated. It took me a while to get here and I won't be giving up that easily. As soon as our state and country can open, I will be there, ready and raring to Roam.
I would love you all to join me.