Hi, my name is Dearbhaile and welcome to this wild life of mine!
All throughout university I had one dream – to travel the world as soon as I graduated. And though no one actually believed I would do it, I did. For three years I backpacked, worked, hiked, flew, rode horses and unicycled (ok that last one’s a lie) on four continents. I swam with whales in Tonga, walked across volcanos in New Zealand, sought out the unique wildlife of Australia, visited ancient temples in Indonesia, explored massive caves in Malaysia…I could go on, but that’s what this blog is for.
Then, in 2016 something changed. Whether it was the exhaustion of constant backpacking in Asia, or the loss of a dear family pet, all of a sudden, while I was sitting in the Philippines, I knew something was wrong. Travel didn’t feel the same anymore. I was still seeing a new beautiful place everyday, but they didn’t mean the same. In fact, none of it seemed to mean anything anymore.
So I made a change. I decided to go back to the one place I had always been happy – Africa. I decided to focus more on my career as a zoologist than backpacking, though the travel bug was still very much present. So with a job at a wildlife rehabilitation centre in hand, I left Australia and flew to Malawi for six months.
Now, I (try to) balance my budding career with travel. Wildlife conservation has always been a passion of mine, along with travel, art and photography. While this blog is about sharing my adventures around the world as a solo female traveller with all of you, it’s also about showing you how anyone can experience the wonderful wildlife this world has to offer in a responsible, ethical way. I’ve seen too many instances of abuse or ignorance on the part of tourists when it comes to wildlife tourism and I believe that with a little knowledge and prior research, it’s possible to interact with these animals in a way that benefits them as well as us.
So that’s me! I’m just a girl who generally gets along better with animals than humans (hence why I’m normally found travelling solo), has too much sarcasm for her own good (according to my mother) and swears probably a bit too much. Nice to meet you!
On a side note: I stupidly managed to lose most of my posts when I made the switch from my previous blog (life of dearbh) to this one. This means that many of my old posts will be reuploaded. So if you’re a long-time follower, hey why not read them again? And if you’re new here…well, you can just read them for the first time (lucky you)! You’ll find a mix of stories, tips, cute monkey photos and some truths about the reality of my wild life from a personal perspective – what’s not to love??
Welcome to This Wild Life of Mine (previously known as Life of Dearbh)
When a love of travel meets a passion for wildlife…
I’m a zoologist who explores the world while working for conservation organisations. I write about my experiences in the hope of inspiring others to follow their dreams and see the beauty of this earth – in a responsible and ethical way.