It's not surprising that Amanda Kendle became a travel blogger, starting her blog Not A Ballerina in 2005 when most people were still trying to figure out what a web-log actually was.
Travelling around Europe in a campervan at the age of nine, living and working in Japan, Slovakia and Germany as well as travelling to over forty countries, it's easy to see that travelling has become a way of life for Amanda.
Amanda in a microlight over Ningaloo Reef, image supplied
Believing that travelling makes you more confident, open-minded and less anxious, Amanda started the Thoughtful Travel podcast in March 2016 and now has a loyal following of travel lovers who also believe that travelling does great things for you.
You may already listen to the Thoughtful Travel podcast or read the Not A Ballerina travel blog. You may not (yet) do either, but have a love of travel and want to hear and share some great travel stories.
Amanda be talking about some of the best (science-backed) reasons to travel, as well as interviewing guest speaker Pam Lynch of Travelling Bag, who decided that for her 60th birthday she would treat herself with a trek to Everest Base Camp.
For Amanda, blogging began as a hobby over a decade ago and has since become something more serious. Every now and then, it offers something unique such as a recent opportunity to visit Exmouth and Coral Bay on an all-expenses paid trip that included a raft of exciting opportunities in the state's beautiful north.
With less than two days warning, Amanda didn't have time to fully investigate the itinerary, which is why she found herself, utterly terrified, strapped into a seat on a tiny microlight plane about to fly over the Ningaloo Reef. After finally opening her eyes, Amanda eventually relaxed enough to enjoy the sight of manta rays, dolphins and turtles all with a stunning birds eye view from a tiny little cricket of a plane. Amanda says it ended up being one of the most amazing experiences of her life, and showed that she could do more than she realised, and fear should never get in the way of a good (travel) story.
If you want to hear more wonderful travel tales, or wish to share the stories that define your trips with like-minded travellers, then this friendly and inclusive meet-up is just for you.
Tickets cost $20 per person via Eventbrite and includes refreshments, games and prizes. Email Amanda at email@example.com if you would like more information.