ME IN A NUTSHELL
Let me introduce myself. I’m Karolina Tuszynska, and I come from Poland, a country located in central Europe. My travel blog was launched in March 2020 as a result of my passion to travel. You can find here heaps of useful travel tips, ready-to-use itineraries and my personal insights what is worth seeing and why. Adventure travelling is what I love the most. I’m a big fan of hiking, outdoor activities, and extreme sports too. This travel blog is definitely for like-minded people who stay active while travelling and enjoy climbing mountains. People who are fond of taking on new challenges and pushing their boundaries.
CLINICAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
My educational background includes Master’s degree in pharmacy, and I’ve been working in clinical trials industry for over 6 years. Currently as a Senior Clinical Research Associate (sCRA). This enigmatic profession gave me the opportunity to get a skilled visa, move to Australia, and make my biggest dream come true. Work and travel in the land down under. My area of expertise is definitely niche. This is why I enjoy talking about my job on Instagram. I raise awareness about clinical research, new drug development and a Clinical Research Associate job. Clinical trials related content is posted on my Instagram on IGTV.
Because I travel, and at the same time, I’m not scared of pushing my boundaries, and testing my limits. I feel alive every time I’m catching a flight, preparing for a road trip or going for a long hike. Travelling opened my mind, changed the way I see the world and gives me the opportunity to reflect on life. I love exploring off the beaten path places, going on an adventure, trying something new. In fact, I have already done some amazing things in Australia, and created memories that will last forever. This includes, among others, swimming with manta rays, having fun with sea lions, and driving a 4WD vehicle.
I often travel solo. I like to challenge myself. I push myself beyond my physical and mental limits. I achieve my small goals and set new, bigger ones. One of the most courageous things I have ever done in my life is going solo to outback Australia. I didn’t really know what to expect before hitting the road, but I made it on my own. I’m also extremely proud of hiking the Cape to Cape Track, the longest coastal walk in Australia that has 135 km. I accomplished it in 7 days, with no support, carrying camping equipment, food and water on me. This was an amazing adventure. I can’t wait to do even more challenging hikes.
It was August 2019 when I decided to make my biggest dream come true. The idea of living abroad and working in an international environment was always in the back of my head. Because of my profession, I could only work in countries that maintain their medical records in English. So getting a job in the USA, Canada or Australia became my goal. The UK was never my thing. It seemed too easy to achieve, given that I was based in Poland. I felt like I need to change my life completely. I felt like I need a new challenge.
The truth is that Australia was always my dream travel destination. I wholeheartedly hoped to get a job there. I shouted for joy when I got an email inviting me for an Australian job interview. I cried with happiness when I got formally offered two weeks later. Within next couple of months I arranged the relocation to Australia from overseas, and arrived in Melbourne in February 2020. I also set a new goal. My next aim was to explore Australia, travel as much as possible, and keep my job at the same time.
Shortly upon my arrival in Melbourne, Australia has implemented some restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Australian border was shut down on the 20 March 2020, followed by introducing the first lockdown a few days later. After a couple of months, those measures helped to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases in all states of Australia, except Victoria. Harsh lockdown in Melbourne made me decide to move house again. This time I chose the most isolated city in the world, Perth in Western Australia.