About Me

Who Am I?

“I’m a girl who doesn’t quite know who she is yet.” Those were the words I used to describe who I was when I first started writing this blog in 2011. Years later and with close to 40 countries under my belt, that sentiment simply doesn’t hold true anymore. Who am I now?

I’m a woman brought up by the world.

I am a direct reflection of the people I have come to know along my journey.

I found my strength in those moments when I thought I wasn’t strong enough.

I choose to see my everyday world through the lens of the wondrous sights I have been fortunate enough to witness.

Here is something that hasn’t changed from the girl I once was to the woman I am now: I have a huge appetite for discovery. I want to wander out into the world and lose myself in all it has to offer. I want to be challenged beyond my expectations because only then will I be able to learn and grow. I want to live passionately and intensely.

I know now that this is a philosophy by which I live and breathe. It just so happens that sometimes the world is a 15-hour plane ride away and sometimes the world is on my doorstep.

If you’re interested in knowing more about me and where my journey began, you can start here:

My journey has helped me to become comfortable in my identity. In the wise words of Taiye Salasi, “my experience is where I’m from. […]  The myth of national identity and the vocabulary of ‘coming from’ confuses us into placing ourselves into mutually exclusive categories. All of us are multi… multi-local, multi-layered.”


About This Blog

Welcome to HannahandtheWorld.com

In July 2012 I quit my job to travel the world. Between September and March, I strapped on my backpack and made my way through Africa, India and a little of South East Asia, mostly solo. You can learn more about The Big Backpacking Trip here. Simply put, it changed the course of my life.

I have always loved writing and first started this blog as a way to encourage myself to do it more. It has since evolved into a space where I hope to inspire others to take hold of their own lives and make their dreams become more than just dreams. I also really wanted to hug an elephant and needed a decent place to brag about it once it became reality (see: The Day I Hugged an Elephant).

Now that I have returned to ‘normal’ life, I am catching up in documenting all the amazing experiences I had on my travels. Travelling will always be a part of who I am.