To travel is to, surrender firm-held beliefs in order to gain a new perspective; sacrifice discrimination in exchange for a deeper capacity to empathise; offer underlying ungratefulness to be given the gift of appreciation. Travel is the complete dissolution of how we perceive ourselves and the world around us, and is the birthplace of seeing the universe for all that it truly is.

Wonders Of Freedom intends to grant an insight into the world of travel and all it encompasses. From the people and their cultures, to the food and entertainment, this platform offers enlightenment to those who currently live in their comfort zones, encouragement to those who want to step a little further outside theirs, and acknowledgement for those who gave theirs up a long time ago.

My name is Elena. I’m 21 years old. Born and raised on the Gold Coast, Australia. Currently residing in Italia. My hope is that by sharing my experiences as a solo female traveller, I can show others that the foreign world really isn’t as scary as it is made out to be. I hope to encourage others to live adventurous lives and to go out and see the world for themselves.

Prior Travels

Growing up, I had the fortune of having parents who enjoyed travelling. Being a family of 6, on a single income, meant that we couldn’t afford to go on overseas trips. However, it never stopped my parents from taking my siblings and I on adventures in our own country. One of my earliest memories was our 8800km road trip to and from Gold Coast, Queensland and Perth, Western Australia. Perhaps a little too young at the time to comprehend the significance of a trip like this, it was integral to nurturing my passion for traveling.

Over the years, my family holidays included annual camping trips along the East Coast of Australia, flights to Perth to visit relatives, and a road trip to Adelaide, South Australia.

During the winter of 2014, I took my first overseas trip to New Zealand for a school ski trip. I spent 7 days snowboarding eating shit on the slopes of Mt Hutt. Nevertheless, seeing the scenery and culture that New Zealand had to offer was defining – I realised just how passionate I was about travelling.

Over the next 5 years, I took a 10 day holiday to Bali, various trips to Perth, a weekend away in Melbourne, Victoria, and a 7 week adventure across 18 European countries, before moving to the other side of the world.

I look forward to sharing my thoughts, recommendations, tips, and experiences with you all.

Elena xx