Danni Callahan

sandybackpack

Danni Callahan

Back in the UK after navigating a load of countries over 2 and a bit years. I swim, I hike, I travel, I have an awesome spaniel, all of which I will write about!

World traveller between October 2015-December 2017.
I travelled Australia alone (all over), New Zealand (North and South Island), Malaysia (Langkawi, Kuala Lumpar, Penang), Indonesia (Bali, Gili Air), Singapore, Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh, Dalat, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Da Nang, Hue, Hanoi, Cat Ba, Ha Long Bay), Laos (Teaching English as a Second Language in Luang Prabang), Cambodia (Phnom Penh, Siem Reap), Thailand (Chiang Mai, Pai, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Krabi, Koh Tao).



North America » Canada » British Columbia » Squamish April 23rd 2019

So... I havent written anything for about half a year.. So much has happened! Last year I travelled to Venice, Switzerland, Poland, hiked the Brecons in Wales.. All of which were amazing, beautiful countries! This year, I went to Jersey with my partner to stay with his family and to explore the island....It is one stunning island - we've said we need to retire there, surrounded by pristine beaches, delicious food and friendly people. We also popped across to Canada for a 2 week holiday at the end of March... Flying into Toronto, seeing some of my family and visiting Niagara Falls - which is INCREDIBLE. It also snowed a lot when we were there. I honestly thought it was the summer season, how wrong was I!!! It was minus figures most of the holiday! We ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset » Poole October 17th 2018

Last night was the last club swim of the season with EDOWSC which was a night swim. Heading in at 7.20pm and out at 8, covered in flashing lights and glow sticks, all 31 of us entered the water, its such a different world swimming in the dark. I've done it a few times in Channel relays and in training, but I feel like there's nothing better! When you breathe, you see the stars each side, under the water you see your goggle light illuminating the water beneath you and it feels like the water is wrapping itself around you. I lost my swim buddy Tim, everyone looked the same! After our swim, we gathered around drinking hot chocolate and eating a biscuit! ... read more
Group of 31
Entering the water

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 8th 2018

Sunset over Bangkok on my last night of travelling. I remember exactly how I felt the moment I took this photo. I was sat on the floor of my balcony 37 floors up in a lovely hotel and I remember thinking about my travels from the start; from October 2015. I thought about all of the new and old friends I had spent time with, memories made with those people and by myself, places I visited and new animals, cities, beaches I was able to experience. I thought about what on earth I was going to do once I did get back home and in a routine. I remember crying on the balcony alone because I was in limbo, I felt it was time to go home but I didn't want to stop exploring. I have ... read more

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang December 3rd 2017

Another beautiful place to call home for a week. The reason I headed there to begin with was to teach English as a foreign language voluntarily. It was possibly one of the best things I have ever done! I organised it through HelpX, which is a volunteer programme. The volunteer works for a couple hours a day in exchange for accommodation, food, WiFi... I didn’t get food included but I wasn’t too bothered, I mean, it was about $1 a meal! As the story goes... I got to Luang Prabang airport with no preparation for a visa, no cash, nothing. Luckily I was speaking to a lovely Australian guy called Matt, on the shuttle that goes to and from the airplane. He paid for my visa which I will be forever grateful for! On arrival, I ... read more
Kuang Si Waterfalls
Yoga at Utopia
Kham and I at the caves

Asia » Singapore November 22nd 2017

Singapore was a very well built city, everything was fairly central and close together. The only bad thing was the heat! I guess after a while you'd get used to it but for 3 days it was pretty hard to breathe!    We stayed in a nice hotel called Hilton Garden Inn in Serangoon in Little India, I absolutely loved it there, everybody was so friendly and kind of felt like home! The MRT wasn't too far a walk from where we were staying. The first night we had food at an Indian restaurant across the road and everyone was so friendly, we ordered way too much food and went to bed tired and with a full belly! As we only had a couple of full days there, we had to fit everything in fairly quickly. ... read more
Universal world!
Singapore skyline
Gardens by the bay

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta November 11th 2017

I flew to Bali from Sydney on the 26th October 2017 and was met over there by my friend Jenny whom I met in Sydney exactly a year before! The next part of my journey is spent travelling around with her.. Bali. When you hear this word, I'm sure you daydream about palm trees, frangipanis in everyones hair, sun, beaches, relaxing... Bali. Wasn't anything how I had thought or hoped for. I stayed in Kuta for 2 nights and couldn't wait to get out. The hotel I was in was gorgeous, set back from the main street, nice pool...   The main strip is FULL of tourists, full of litter, Balinese shop owners hassling and harassing you, mopeds every where you look, they even ride on the pavement and if you're in the way they're more ... read more
Dinner in a shack on the beach
Gili Lumbung
Coconut time on Gili Air

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City November 8th 2017

Vietnam. My first South East Asian country to explore! I headed to Ho Chi Minh on 6th November with my friend Jenny and straight away headed out for some street food. My first experience of proper street food in Asia. I loved the atmosphere. We walked around for an hour or so and settled on a corner restaurant. It’s funny because all of the seats face the road, not like a typical restaurant. We ordered food and people watched. We watched other backpackers walking down the street with beers in their hands, street sellers trying to coax people into their restaurants on the side of the road. We were approached by a few people shoving GoPros in our faces asking if we could help them with their English skills. They were Vietnamese and students. They needed ... read more
Jen, elise, dong, me
Cu chi tunnel hatch
War remnants museum statue

Oceania » Australia October 25th 2017

Today marks my 2 year anniversary of landing in Australia. But it also marks the day I unfortunately have to leave the country!   From flying into Sydney 26th October 2015, I've seen and done so much. I have lived like a local, lived rough, lived in a tent and car, lived off minimal money and lived with various different families.   My memories from Australia have been some of my absolute favourite. From living in cities, living rurally, living with families as an au pair, travelling the West Coast, East Coast, South Coast, Territories, Islands and outback. I also visited and travelled New Zealand for just under a month in that time too!   Australia has lived up to everything I thought it would be and more! I've made friends for life, people I will ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Halls Creek September 17th 2017

This journey began when I decided to live and work rurally in the East Kimberleys, Western Australia for four and a half months and it was an interesting insight into the aboriginal culture, living with not a lot to do within walking distance (I didn't have a car there) and trying to keep myself entertained on RDO's (rostered days off). I went into the job as just working on the bar (something I hadn't had much experience of, I didn't even know how to pull a pint), I made a few cocktails and really enjoyed the atmosphere the hotel had. I was then asked if I wanted to do some reception work on top of the bar work. I said yes - previous jobs back home gave me the experience needed to work on a computer ... read more
Dozer from open pits... Which shaun allowed me to drive
Guanthemine Point in Broome
Cable Beach

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberley May 13th 2017

Met this woman on my coach who has just decided 3 months ago that she is going to backpack alone around Australia. She is loving it and is 63 years old. There's never an excuse to travel. I hear the same excuses all the time 'oh I'm too old' 'I need to save money' 'but what about my job'. You'll get another job, within your field or not - you'll learn new skills. Noones too old (unless you're literally on your death bed). What exactly are you saving for? If travel was that important to you, you'd earn about $5000 and go, find a job on the way, volunteer for board and food. If travel is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you'll find an excuse... read more




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