The Story Behind Renee Roaming

Originally published in February ’16

Hi, I’m Renee

My story began in Melbourne, Australia. I was born into a loving family who raised me with a free and adventurous spirit. I grew up riding horses, playing in the mud and running around the farm. My parents enjoyed traveling and took my sister and I on some pretty rad trips. When I was 5 they pulled us out of school for a couple of months so that we could road trip up the East Coast of Australia. When I was 10 we went to New Zealand, then when I was 15 we traveled to Europe, and when I was 18 they took us adventuring all over South East Asia. We lived modestly and didn’t have expensive cars or a super fancy house. My parents made one thing very clear to my sister and I…

Experiences are worth more than possessions

I will forever be thankful of my parents for helping me understand this.

Trolltunga Hike

My first big adventure without my parents was a 2-month backpacking trip across South America. I was 19 and had just finished my first year of studying to be a speech therapist. It was an eye-opening journey. I had money stolen in Chile, altitude sickness in Peru, and a case of projectile vomiting in Bolivia.  But I was already planning my next escapade the moment I was on the plane to return home. In the years that followed, I found myself in India, North America & back in Europe. Amidst all this, I graduated university, worked as a speech therapist in Melbourne, and married my boyfriend of 7 years.

My husband and I had always wanted to relocate somewhere in North America. After a couple of years of trying we won American Green Cards (residency) through the DV lottery. As you could imagine we were stoked! What are the chances right?! So we figured we had to give it a try. We chose Colorado based on recommendations and because we loved the idea of living by the mountains. So off we went with our lives packed into 6 bags.

We had never even visited Colorado so it was a big risk and probably the scariest thing I have ever done. Since moving here a little over a year ago we have made the most of our vacation time by going on as many local and interstate adventures as we could possibly squeeze in. The most memorable so far was probably a week-long trip exploring Utah and Arizona, though everywhere we have traveled has been amazing.

Angels Landing

So here I am at 26 years of age… I have traveled to 28 countries and counting. I have spent most of my earnings on experiences, but I still have a million more places I want to see and so many things to experience. So far it has been a challenging but amazing journey. Everyone has different passions and things that drive them throughout their life. For me it is the happiness of being at the summit of a mountain, of snowboarding in powder, of capturing that epic sunset, and experiencing the solitude of camping in the wilderness. It’s the adventures taken and the experiences to look forward to.

It’s all a journey and I plan on making mine incredible

From here on in I will be blogging more frequently about my travels, adventures, and photography. I hope you enjoy following along!

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Originally published in February ’16

Hi, I’m Renee

My story began in Melbourne, Australia. I was born into a loving family who raised me with a free and adventurous spirit. I grew up riding horses, playing in the mud and running around the farm. My parents enjoyed traveling and took my sister and I on some pretty rad trips. When I was 5 they pulled us out of school for a couple of months so that we could road trip up the East Coast of Australia. When I was 10 we went to New Zealand, then when I was 15 we traveled to Europe, and when I was 18 they took us adventuring all over South East Asia. We lived modestly and didn’t have expensive cars or a super fancy house. My parents made one thing very clear to my sister and I…

Experiences are worth more than possessions

I will forever be thankful of my parents for helping me understand this.

Trolltunga Hike

My first big adventure without my parents was a 2-month backpacking trip across South America. I was 19 and had just finished my first year of studying to be a speech therapist. It was an eye-opening journey. I had money stolen in Chile, altitude sickness in Peru, and a case of projectile vomiting in Bolivia.  But I was already planning my next escapade the moment I was on the plane to return home. In the years that followed, I found myself in India, North America & back in Europe. Amidst all this, I graduated university, worked as a speech therapist in Melbourne, and married my boyfriend of 7 years.

My husband and I had always wanted to relocate somewhere in North America. After a couple of years of trying we won American Green Cards (residency) through the DV lottery. As you could imagine we were stoked! What are the chances right?! So we figured we had to give it a try. We chose Colorado based on recommendations and because we loved the idea of living by the mountains. So off we went with our lives packed into 6 bags.

We had never even visited Colorado so it was a big risk and probably the scariest thing I have ever done. Since moving here a little over a year ago we have made the most of our vacation time by going on as many local and interstate adventures as we could possibly squeeze in. The most memorable so far was probably a week-long trip exploring Utah and Arizona, though everywhere we have traveled has been amazing.

Angels Landing

So here I am at 26 years of age… I have traveled to 28 countries and counting. I have spent most of my earnings on experiences, but I still have a million more places I want to see and so many things to experience. So far it has been a challenging but amazing journey. Everyone has different passions and things that drive them throughout their life. For me it is the happiness of being at the summit of a mountain, of snowboarding in powder, of capturing that epic sunset, and experiencing the solitude of camping in the wilderness. It’s the adventures taken and the experiences to look forward to.

It’s all a journey and I plan on making mine incredible

From here on in I will be blogging more frequently about my travels, adventures, and photography. I hope you enjoy following along!

Renee Hahnel

Hi! My name is Renee and I'm an Australian photographer, blogger & travel addict. I now call the U.S.A home but you can usually find me wandering the globe with a camera in hand ✈ Let's get lost!

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5 Comments

  1. Kristen on May 24, 2016 at 6:11 am

    Life is such an incredible journey! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    visit me at http://www.kconnwanderlust.com

    • Renee Hahnel on May 25, 2016 at 1:19 am

      Thanks lady!

  2. Hannah on March 14, 2017 at 7:40 am

    I love your travel stories and photographs so much – they are so inspiring! Looking forward to following a long your future adventures 🙂

    Xx, Hannah
    http://www.beaconthrills.com

    • Renee Hahnel on March 28, 2017 at 8:55 am

      Thank you Hannah 🙂 Your website is beautiful by the way!

  3. Mariana on April 10, 2017 at 4:01 am

    It was amazing to read your story and your travel blogg! So inspiring! And your photos are stunning.

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Renee Hahnel

Hi! My name is Renee and I'm an Australian photographer, blogger & travel addict. I now call the U.S.A home but you can usually find me wandering the globe with a camera in hand ✈ Let's get lost!

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I recently returned home from an incredible week-long trip exploring Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. This spectacular coastal route has it all… think beautiful sea cliffs, a rich history, seemingly endless castles, tons of cute sheep, quiet winding roads, and friendly locals. In this blog post I am sharing a day-by-day breakdown of our week-long road…

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