Woman of the Week: Becca

I’m super excited to introduce you to Becca, our newest Woman of the Week. I’ve known Becca since late middle-school when we met through church. She was actually part of my first international trip (without my family)! We traveled to Jamaica together with our youth group for a week. Looking back, it was definitely something that spurned my passion for travel, and I suspect it had a similar impact on Becca.

I lost touch with Becca when we went to different schools for college but when I saw her start posting about her adventures in Australia over the past year, I realized I needed to get back in touch! She’s spent the past year or so in Australia working as an au pair, road-tripping across the country with her new friends, and making everyone jealous with her adventures at home. She’s headed back to Indy for a bit just but I’m excited to see where her work and travels takes her next.

Enjoy her tips and Aussie pics, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to move to the land Down Under too after reading her story.


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  1. Tell us about yourself?

Obviously you know my name but I’m 23 and graduated university last year with a BFA in Graphic Design from IUPUI. I grew up in a family where there was at least one person always traveling.
  1. Why do you travel?

I love to travel so I can see the different cultures of the world. I love to see all the different lifestyles people live outside of the typical go to work and go home lifestyle.

  1. How do you balance work and travel?

I knew the only way to travel with very little money was to try to find a way to not have to pay for a place to stay. Not knowing too many people that I could live with I had to find an alternative way. I had a friend that was an au pair in England so I thought I would check it out. Being a live in au pair I don’t have to pay for rent, gas, food, utilities, etc. I do receive what they call “pocket money” so I can use that towards things I want to do. When I was in Perth I had to take care of the 3 year old 3 days a week so we would take little adventures around to places that we would be enjoy. Now I do most of my adventures on weekends.

  1. What’s the best lesson you’ve learned from your travels?

There are probably two main things I have learned. First, that anytime someone invites you to do something that sounds fun go ahead and just say yes. Who knows when you will have the chance to do it again. The second, you will learn who your real friends are while you’re away. Prepare yourself that life won’t be the same when you return home because you won’t be the same.


  1. Share one of your favorite travel memories.

My favorite memory was when my boyfriend, another friend, and I drove all the way across Australia. It took about 8 days to make it across but it was just amazing to see. (You can see the video from that trip here).
  1. If you could share one travel tip with other women, what would it be?

Be smart. If you don’t feel comfortable doing something then just don’t do it cause being a woman traveling makes you vulnerable especially if you are by yourself. Make some male friends that you feel safe with so you can enjoy your time traveling.


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Woman of the Week: Becca