The travel style of Holy Smithereens fits those who indulge in luxury travel and comfort, but will also be up at the call of a good adventure.
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To know more about me, please read on.
Hi! My name is Jean and I’m the main voice voice behind Holy Smithereens. I also sometimes get called “Holy” too, though I’m no saint 🙂
The travel bug kicked in for me at the age of 4, when my parents took me to Hong Kong for a Christmas holiday.
One of the souvenirs I got from that trip was a toy typewriter. (above right), and since then I knew what I wanted to do in life: Travel and write.
Travels with my family continued and when I finished my degree in Asian Studies (a degree which brought a lot of travelling too!), I moved to Xiamen, in China to study Mandarin for a few months. I then spent a year travelling in Southeast Asia.
My Mandarin is now non-existent but it got me my first official job at the International Airport in Manila working as an interpreter and ground crew for a few airlines. Here I was also trained in fraudulent document detection but my time there was short-lived.
I soon moved to Seoul in South Korea to work as a cabin crew.
Over the last 10 years, I’ve been moving around Australia and I’m currently based in CANBERRA. (check this space as it changes at a rate of 3 years!)
I worked in Government travel for 5 years and have amassed a total of over 10 years’ experience in the travel industry.
I now blog and write full-time about my travels and adventure.
I also do freelance writing and am currently a luxury writer for World Travel Market.
And while I like luxury hotels and resorts, what I really search for is luxury in the experience so you will notice that in my reviews I tend to focus on customer service a lot. To me, a superior 5-star product will be rendered useless if the customer service is terrible, and likewise, a 3-4 star product is often overlooked if the customer service is superior.
And this is where I hope I can help you choose wisely when splurging on luxury travel.
My travel style is combining both luxury and adventure. I do not count countries. I’d rather count the number of unforgettable moments – and this can happen anywhere. I am not a ‘country-ticker’ and will return over and over to a place if I love it enough. And if you insist – here’s a page where you can find content on all destinations I’ve visited.
I believe in looking at life as an adventure to ride rather than a challenge to deal with so I also like to engage in
death-defying adventurous activities. You can find all the shenanigans I’d been up to here.
FAQ: Who takes your photos and videos?
The Happy Snapper, known affectionately as Zombie in the blog, is Holy Smithereens’ travel photographer ( and long-suffering husband!) with over 15 years experience in landscape and time lapse photography.
His love for the ocean started at the age of 3 and is an avid free-diver.
For a man of few words, he speaks 4 languages,and has worked and lived in the US, Asia, and Europe.
He loves zombie movies, and has a detailed logistics survival plan when zombies take over the world.
You can view more of his work in his photoblog.