Name: Steph Renkema
Thank you for your time Steph, could you give our readers a quick introduction about yourself?
I’ve always had a love for traveling and I am fortunate to have had many opportunities. However, I had not been away for more than a few weeks at a time until July; I left a very broken relationship and I have not looked back since. It made me appreciate my freedom and I have learned not to take a single moment for granted!
I have a blog where my goal is to inspire you get the most out of your travels! I am constantly looking for simple ways to do good and make a difference. I invite you to share my experience and get involved!
Where are you currently?
I’m currently staying in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. It’s a beautiful corner of the world. I will be spending six months working here!
Where do you plan to visit the rest of this year?
Where is your all time favorite place?
Definitely the Fiordland National Park in New Zealand, it is a very special place.
Could you share your favourite photo that you have taken while traveling?
I took my favourite photo in Visakhapatnam, India a few years ago when I spent Christmas at a children’s home. My heart went out to these precious children who had suffered so much. They taught me so much about the beauty and simplicity of life.
What is your top backpacking tip?
Take your time in each country. It is great to be able to see a few things in a lot of countries, but it is best to experience the culture and atmosphere.
Get to know the locals, find the secret spots, and fall in love with the country.
What is one thing every backpacker should carry with them?
Coconut oil. Now this one is more for the girls, but guys, don’t be shy.
Coconut oil is the equivalent of duct tape – you can use it for literally everything. It packs light and can replace countless other products. I wouldn’t travel anywhere without coconut oil!!
Do you have any words of advice or inspiration for anyone undecided about travelling?
The hardest part about traveling is getting out the door. The best thing you could ever do is to just go for it. Don’t wait until it is too late… life is far too short not to see the places you want to see and do the things you want to do.
Stop dreaming; get up and go!
What has been your favourite food whilst away?
I’m going to be honest, the most adventurous thing I have eaten is sushi…
What has been your favourite activity whilst away?
I absolutely love to be in the water! Swimming in the ocean, rivers, waterfalls, anything! Needless to say, I’m enjoying the warm weather!
What quote do you try to live by?
Go more, do more, and be more (pretty self explanatory). Recently this has been my mantra! Experience the freedom in traveling and don’t hold yourself back!
I also really like, “You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” This quote really resonates with my heart and love for travel!
Where would you like to visit?
It’s so hard to narrow it down!
I have always wanted to go to Peru and hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Do you prefer to travel solo or with friends?
I have experienced both, and they both have pros and cons. I do love to travel with friends, but there is something extraordinary about traveling alone. You will learn to rely on yourself, you will be lonely, you will make difficult decisions, you will discover who you really are, and it is so worth it.
Something interesting about yourself?
When I travel, I try to do a little extra good everywhere I go. I aim to inspire others to do the same! This is why I will be hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (from Mexico to Canada) in 2017 to raise money and awareness for safe water and sanitation in East Africa. Find out how you can help by contacting me!
Thank you for your time Steph, a real great insight into your life as a backpacker. Thank you for your tips and advice too, we hope you have a great time in Australia and beyond!
If you’re interested in following her journey even more then feel free to stop by her blog.