Hi, I’m Angeliqa.
Welcome to Shot of adventure!
In 2009, I left Sweden to move to America for a year as an Au pair.
Before then I had only traveled in Europe for short visits so going to America by myself was a gigantic step for me, but little did I know how much this adventure was going to change my life or where it was going to take me.
During my time in America I met people who are still some of my closest friends, and got attached and became a part of a family that was not mine. I grew roots in a country that was nothing like my own, but that is now a big part of me.
When I came home from America in the end of 2010 I spent some time traveling through Portugal and Italy but I quickly realised that I was craving more, spending a couple weeks in a country was not enough. I realised that I had developed an addiction to the experience and the adventure of creating a new life from scratch in an unfamiliar country.
In 2012 I packed my bags to escape the familiar and move to Australia for 6 months, 6 months turned into 2,5 years and Sydney, the love of my life.
I spent a year working and exploring Australia but as my Visa expired and I was far from ready to leave I decided to enrol into a Photo imaging course. I started school in October 2012. The year following I was under a lot of pressure, studying an intense diploma and working full time and building my photography business on the side, but I’ve never regretted my choice. I was surrounded by creativity and inspiring people every single day, I was living a life that I loved and I was doing Photography.
I’ve never been so challenged but also received such great rewards ever. It was a tough roller coaster with a lot of up’s and down’s but at the end of my studies was when the final reward came…
I was chosen for an Internship with one of Australia’s best travel companies, Experience OZ.
My internship was however nothing like other internships, it involved no coffee making or errands running. I was to travel Australia’s East Coast to photograph and write about some of Australia’s best travel experiences, I was taking part in TV, radio and newspaper interviews on a daily basis.
I had to pinch myself several times to realise it was real. This was definitely a quick starter for me as a travel blogger and I have learnt so much from the adventure. And even though people may say I’m lucky, I’ve discovered this:
It seems like the more I work, the luckier I get :).
The following weeks I found myself in new incredible and thrilling situations every hour; deep under the surface scuba diving the great barrier reef, in a
hot air balloon watching the sun rising over the hills of Cairns, bungy jumping, helicopter riding, at the top of some of Australia’s tallest buildings and in the arms of koala bears.
I got to experience and document some of the best adventures that Australia has to offer. I was beyond excited!
During my years of traveling I have become a spiritual adventure explorer. I believe in quality over quantity travel. To me this is the only way to truly feel the soul of a country, to indulge in the culture and feeling as a part of me is changing with the experience. For me traveling is much more than just a country to cross off a list, it’s about finding a part of you thrive in a different country.
I created Shot of adventure out of a love for traveling, writing and a great passion for photography.This site is a way for me to share my adventures and stories and to connect with other like travelers.
Today I call New Zealand home and am loving the opportunity to explore what this country has to offer and how it will change me.
On this blog I will collect some of my best travel stories, photography, tips and experiences.
If you have any questions, thoughts or tips please contact me! I ‘d love to hear from you.