Drink Wild Air


Hola I’m Susan a place called Recliffe near Brisbane, Australia.


Me outside Sagrada Familia in Barcelona thanks to the amazing Angie Schutt Photography

When I was 21 I travelled overseas for the first time and even though it was only to New Zealand, I was hooked (nothing against NZ – it was amzing).  I’m now up to 59 countries over all 7 continents!

During the couple of years I spent living in the UK and travelling around Europe (2009-2011), I really discovered what I now consider to be my favourite things (are you now singing the Sound of Music?  If you weren’t before are you now?)…  Experiencing new cultures, meeting people and making new friends, going somewhere I’ve never been before, having conversations purely in gestures as we don’t speak the same language, 8+ hour bus rides (more what it signifies rather than the ride itself), trying weird and wonderful local delicacies, and the list goes on…

I’m a determined person so when I’ve decided to do something, it’s only a matter of time until I achieve it.  A couple of years ago when I was on my way home from living in the UK (it took me approx 5 months to get home) I was contemplating my life going forward as I had achieved the major things I had wanted to at that point.  After a few months, many discussions with other people and countless number of beers, I updated my list of life goals (a bucket list of sorts).  The top 3 entries on the list were:  (1) learn another language – I decided Spanish is the way to go, (2) travel 60 countries before I’m 30, and (3) visit all 7 continents.

The only way I was going to be able to achieve these goals was to pack up my life and travel around South America.  While I don’t see the number as important, having a numerical goal (I am an accountant) was something that I could define and strive for which gave me a reason to keep travelling.

Fast forward almost 2 years of work and here I am!  Travelling around South America and loving my life on the road!!  I’m now speaking (I understand a lot more than I speak) passable spanish – providing it relates to travel.  I have 1 country left to travel in South America (check out my intinerary) which will also bring me up to 60 countries and I’ve also managed to tick off the 7th continent with THE most amazing trip to Antarctica.

One of my good friends passed away at the age of 27 so the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote which is the inspiration behind the name Drink Wild Air to me is a reminder that life is short and to live each day to the fullest.

I started this website to share my adventures with my family, friends and random strangers alike. Hope you enjoy the ride 🙂

Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air! ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~