Facing Sunshine

Facing Sunshine

23 years, 23 countries. Biochemist by trade, book addict, amateur writer and chronic over-enthusiast; falling in love with everywhere and everything. All images are my own. Instagram @hannahejohn


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Goodbye Sweet Pea – West Coast Roadtrip Pt 4

Goodbye Sweet Pea – West Coast Roadtrip Pt 4

Manjimup   After our rather unceremonious ousting from the Kingsley Motel, I wasn’t keen to bump into Charlie or Andrew so avoided their end of Manjimup. A swift drive by to show Livi where I’d lived for my first two months in Oz and that […]

The Horizon and Beyond – West Coast Roadtrip Pt3

The Horizon and Beyond – West Coast Roadtrip Pt3

We hadn’t made it to Broome but it was already time to start heading back south. I knew how the lush, green contrast of Margaret River would be a welcome end to our road trip for Livi whose never been fond of anywhere dusty. I had […]

Rolling on Fumes – West Coast Road-trip Pt 2

Rolling on Fumes – West Coast Road-trip Pt 2

(As a premise to this post, if you’re planning on doing a road trip out in the Australian bush, please make sure you do get a big spare fuel can. With hindsight it’s funny for my sister and I to joke about how we never […]

A Hit of Scuba – Diving the Ningaloo Reef

A Hit of Scuba – Diving the Ningaloo Reef

If you’re a diver, you’ve got to make Ningaloo Reef your next trip! Let me persuade you…   Coral Bay was initially intended as just a fly by petrol stop en rout to Exmouth. A prick on the map we wouldn’t have graced if we […]

Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost Too – West Coast Pt 1

Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost Too – West Coast Pt 1

We didn’t head out of Perth until around 1.30pm. Two girls, one severely jet lagged (a day after flying in from the UK) and the other just fairly useless when it comes to practicalities; filling up and trying to work out what we could cook […]

I left my heart in Brisbane

I left my heart in Brisbane

Time of Year: Early August. Duration of Stay: 4 days I landed two hours too early for my hostel check in on Sunday. After a double shift on Saturday, no sleep, no shower and no change of clothes, bedraggled was probably an understatement. But rather […]

Essential Melbourne

Essential Melbourne

Melbourne – the breakfast city, in which I actually very rarely made it out for breakfast. No matter your location, you won’t have to look far for smashed avo or some hipster spin on eggs benedict. If you’re in the CBD try Degraves street, bustling […]

AFL for dummies

AFL for dummies

Unless it involves horses, I’m totally not a sporty person. Even a team of mud streaked, rippling muscled men roughing each other up can’t keep my attention for an entire rugby match. So it’s no surprise that I’ve made it to 23 without ever having […]

The Songkran Dilema – Chiang Mai and Thai Visa Extension

The Songkran Dilema – Chiang Mai and Thai Visa Extension

This time last year I was finishing up my first month in Thailand. Livi (my sister) and I had been adamant that we would spend just a few days in Thailand, only because Bangkok was so easy to fly into and we could head straight […]

Melbourne for Free

Melbourne for Free

Despite its reputation as a pricy place to live, Australia’s cities do ‘free’ pretty well; the only place I’ve found so far that beats them is Kuala Lumpur. There’s no way around the hefty price tag that comes with city centre accommodation (Discovery Melbourne boasts […]