Another beautifully lost dreamer with an incurable case of wanderlust.

Totally Travel Talk with Tara

Today I’m chatting with Tara, from Where is Tara? She’s a twitter friend of mine who I finally got to meet in beautiful Byron Bay. Tara was born in New Zealand and raised in Ireland, so sometimes she likes to say that she’s a Hobbit raised by Leprechauns! She works as a pharmacist but has always dreamed of going to art college (her art is really cool- check it out on her Instagram!).  Tara decided that working in the UK is actually pretty miserable, so she left and started travelling and blogging full time. Tara claims she can’t handle hot climates and is more of a mountains and forests kinda gal. She’s also discovered in her old age (of 26) that she’s much more of a flashpacker than she used to be! Let’s find out T’s views on travel…


What made you discover your passion for Travel?

My mother. She was always a traveller. Ever since I was a child she’s brought me and my sister to distant places. One time she saw an ad on TV for cheap flights to Paris. She rang up straight away and the next day we were going to Paris. 


Where is your most favourite place in the world and why? (that you have been to so far)

My favourite places so far are Home (Ireland), New Zealand and Iceland. I love Dublin because of the people. Irish people are so friendly and easy going. I miss that when I’m away. Dublin city isn’t big; you can walk around it all in a few hours. It’s lively and beautiful. There are markets down cobbled alleyways and open air cinema showings. Everyone needs to see Dublin. 


Where are you currently based and what are you doing there? 

At the moment I’m in Dublin. I’m working on my blog and my art pieces, visiting family and friends and generally resting. It’s been an exhausting past 9 months. Constantly travelling really makes you appreciate home and your own bed. Last night I slept for 14 hours!


You’ve been getting around in the past year! How many countries have you been to in the last 12 months and which one would you recommend people to visit in 2015?

Cuba,Thailand, UK, Ireland, Oz, New Zealand, Portugal, France, Switzerland, The Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Iceland. So 13 in the the last 12 months. I’d recommend people visit all of them! But my favourites are Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand and the Philippines. Iceland really is wonderful. That’s probably top of my list. It’s so beautiful. If you want to read more you can here.


What 5 things could you not travel without?

1) Phone (pictures and blogging and keeping in touch)
2) Art Supplies
3) Make up (because I’m a girl and I like make up)
4) No Tears Detangler Spray (For my insanely knotty hair)
5) My BeShades


Are you a daredevil? What are the craziest things you have done during your adventures?

I don’t know if I’m a daredevil really. I like trying new things, and I love a good adrenaline rush. But I’m definitely not an adrenaline junkie. The older I get the more scared I become of hurting myself. I did this thing called The Swoop in Rotorua, New Zealand which was pretty terrifying. They basically stick you in a sleeping bag, strap you in and haul you backwards up into the air until you’re 40m up and staring at the ground far, far below. Then you have to pull a release cord and you go hurtling towards the ground at up to 80mph. It’s SUCH a fun feeling. I haven’t sky dived or bungee jumped or anything like that so I guess I’m not really a daredevil. BORING! Sorry!


What is the next achievement that you want to tick off on your bucketlist?

Hmmm, I want to be fluent in French. I’m working on it at the moment. It’s been a life goal for so long, I just thought I might as well get on with it. It’s funny though, I’ve realised lately that your bucketlist never ends. As you tick something off you think of something else to add on. There’s just so much stuff to see and do!


French Kiss!

French Kiss!

Have you had any scary experiences while travelling?

Too many. My best friend says I tend to jump into  situations without worrying, which doesn’t always end well. There was that time I got lost in the favelas of Rio. That’s a long story. You can check it out here. Then there was that time I had an 8 hour boat trip between islands in the Philippines. I was pretty much convinced the boat was going to sink and we were going to have to jump. I’d packed all of my important belongings into my dry bag so that if I did have to jump everything I needed would be waterproof. Oh, I also almost drowned on my second surf lesson. You can read about that here. There’s many more, Peru as a country for me was a combination of the best and worst times I’ve ever had while travelling. But that’s another long story. haha.


What would be your three words of advice to a virgin backpacker?

 “Travel towels suck.” Because, well, they do! I never use them. People always buy them, but they don’t absorb anything. I get that they are light and take up zero space….. but they also don’t actually DRY you. So it’s a bit of a false economy.


Do you have any more travel plans currently in the pipeline? 

Hmmm, I’ll be heading to the UK in a couple of weeks to see some friends. Then in July I’ll be heading to mainland Europe to look at languages. I’m thinking France, then maybe Italy and Spain. After that I’m not really sure. I’m kind of floating about at the moment, deciding what direction I want my life to take.


Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

God, I don’t know. 10 years, that’s so far away! I barely know where I see myself next month! Hmm, in ten years hopefully I’ll be settled somewhere but still travelling to exciting places and blogging about it all. Fluent in French and maybe some other languages, doing freelance writing and selling my art. I’ll obviously have no wrinkles and will be the most youthful 36 year old ever. Oh, and surrounded by family, friends and people I love and trust.

Quick Fire Faves

City – Dublin (obviously)
Beach – Brittas Bay, Ireland (is this too much Ireland?)
Airline – Emirates or Ryanair (big difference, I know)
Accent – South African or Southern (as in Cowboy)
Food – Mexican
Cocktail – Caipirinha
Film – Freedom Writers, Colombiana, The Holiday
Material Possession- Phone
Travel Quote – “Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light ” – Yogi Bhajan


Thank you for taking part in Totally Travel Talk on Totally Sam’s World. Don’t forget to follow Tara’s adventures on Twitter and Facebook! Safe and Happy Travels.


  1. Nice to meet you Tara. Your upbringing and travels sound to be wonderful overall. I am half Irish so naturally biased 😉

    The Swoop sounds very bizarre. I’ve never heard of that before and might have to investigate, out of curiosity rather than intent to take part.

    Hi Sam, just to let you know the Burleigh Heads artilce we talked about a while ago has now gone live 🙂

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