I’m Ailene Rhea and I have been a Sydneysider for nearly three decades. As cliche as it sounds, the travel bug bit me somewhere between losing my luggage en route to Hamilton Island (QLD, Australia), and getting completely lost in the old town of Nice (France).
Although I have been to 33 countries and 100+ cities, I can only proudly say that I remember only half of them. While I always remind myself to write everything down in a journal, something always comes up and the next thing I know, I’ve completely forgotten the name of that nice old Bolivian lady who ran after me down the street to return the wallet I had accidentally left in her shop.
I decided to start blogging again late last year as a way to remember my travels, hence the name rheacollections – a play on words that combines my name and a recollection of my travels. I kept my blog to myself for a while before making it public. Although it’s out there for the public to read, I still haven’t publicised my work to my family and friends. I consider myself somewhat of a perfectionist and until my writing is up the the standard I like, I will then share it with my nearest and dearest. They say that those close to you are the harshest critics.
I want my blog to serve as my own recollections of where I went, what I did, who I met, how I got there and why I started travelling. But most importantly, inspire others to take a leap and see a part of the world. I also want to change things up from time to time and include my honest, unbiased reviews of food, hotels and anything in between.
I also love taking random photos and I’m never one to leave the house without my trusty HTC One M8 or Sony NEX 5.
I would love to connect with different types of travellers – holidaymakers, backpackers, solo travellers, couple travellers, luxury travellers, cruise travellers and those who are planning to finally see the world.
Whew! That was a mouthful.
One of my 2015 resolutions is to blog as much as I can to improve my content writing skills; polish my (amateur) travel photography skills; connect with as many people as I can; and inspire as much as I can. I would also like to launch my own product specifically for the traveller community and their feedback will be critical to its short and long term success.