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Hello world!

The words that every programmer types into their first program: hello world. I may not have used them in my first program that launched me into my current career path (written in the lovely language of Scheme during an introductory course at the University of Queensland, where I was studying abroad) but I have used them so many times since then. And now, here I am again, saying hello to the world…but this time, in a slightly different context. This time as a travel blogger.

Kristin on the Prime Meridian

Saying “Hello world!” on the Prime Meridian

I’ve been writing about travel online in various different forms for quite some time. I spent a few years writing travel journals for IgoUgo in every waking moment I had (that wasn’t already consumed by study). I still love the community that thrives on their website, but I fell a bit out of love with the journal format. Then came my blog (also named “A Pair of Boots and a Backpack”) at KristinsTravels, which was a very family-and-friends-focused site to keep people up to date with my 3 months of gallavanting around the South Island of New Zealand. Then, there was a bit of a lull as I settled into expat life in Perth (and ultimately Brisbane), and I never really got out of that lull because my site was focused on my trip to New Zealand, and well, I wasn’t in New Zealand anymore. Heck, I couldn’t even hike for quite some time due to a whiplash injury sustained near the end of my time in Perth.

But now I’m back. I’ve been inspired by other expat/travel bloggers like Brooke and Bobbi (to name but a few), as well as fantastic (and incredibly useful) blogs like yTravelBlog. Travel, photography, and writing truly are three of my biggest passions and it’s great to be able to combine them in a way that will (hopefully) benefit others gathering information for their travels (or maybe even just make them smile)!

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