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Cassie Wilkins

I'm Cassie—an avid adventurer, travel writer, photographer, trip planner, and full-time nomad. I absolutely love road trips, exploring new places, eating interesting food (hello, tarantulas!) and helping others. And so, after making a career as a round-the-world travel agent, I decided to throw caution to the wind and set out on my own big trip with a one-way ticket to Sri Lanka.

Since then, I've been to nearly 50 countries across 5 continents, worked in disaster relief after volcanoes and earthquakes, lived in a treehouse on a tropical island in Cambodia, ridden a motorbike through the Indonesian and Laotian jungle, backpacked solo through El Salvador, and roadtripped across the States and the Aussie outback. I've also watched the sunrise over the Sahara, been wild camping in the middle of winter in Canada, chased waterfalls in Iceland, lived in a canal house in Amsterdam and a colonial casa in Guatemala, and been to some of the most amazing places in the world, all whilst making a career out of my adventures by sharing travel tips, planning trips, and collecting stories of wonder and woe.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Although I have been to nearly 50 countries—and planned trips to a lot more—my specialist countries are places where I have spent a while and really had an opportunity to find my feet. I spent 4 years living on/off in Cambodia and exploring Southeast Asia by motorbike and public transport, before moving in Guatemala where I worked in volcano disaster relief and partnered with local tour companies and NGOs. I also lived and worked in disaster relief in Nepal, where I spent my free time getting off the beaten track and exploring as much as possible!

I am currently living in Australia, where I have been roadtripping and exploring as much of this beautiful country as I can. I also specialise in El Salvador, Laos, Myanmar, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Italy, and of course, my homeland—the UK—which is still full of magic to me, even after all these years of exploring the world.

I am a bit of an all-rounder, but I tend to focus on round-the-world trip planning, sustainable and eco-friendly travel, adventure travel, overlanding and roadtrips, solo travel, and backpacking/budget travel, although I have done my fair share of luxury trips and family holidays too."

How did you get involved in travel?

"My love of travel started pretty early, with my first family trip overseas when I was five. Even then, I knew that I wanted to spend my whole life traveling and experiencing new cultures and understanding our place in the world. At school, I threw myself into studying languages, went on exchange trips to Japan and throughout Europe, and spent my summers on a beautiful island in Italy.

At 18, I traveled through China au pairing a family, before specializing in East Asian Studies at University. After that, I worked as a travel agent for several years, interspersing my planned trips with hitchhiking adventures through Europe and embracing the unknown at every possible opportunity, before, in 2013, I decided it was time to stop just planning other people's amazing trips and start going on some of my own, and I've been living on the road ever since! After a few years of exploring Southeast Asia and Central America, I'm currently traveling through Australia, with big dreams of overlanding back to the UK for my sister's wedding."

Semuc Champey, Cobán
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