Meet Caroline McCarthy, GeoVisions’ January Alumni of the Month! Caroline was an Au Pair in Brisbane, Australia and during her free-time was able to immerse herself in the culture and find a community. Learn more about Caroline’s experience by checking out her testimonial and interview below!
Our motto is ‘Experiences are more important than landmarks’ – in a couple of sentences, share an experience you had on your program (or a weekend adventuring on your own) that stands out to you.
I was pretty amazed when living in Brisbane how easy it was to find community. I tried doing stand-up comedy for the first time when I was there because I had met a really supportive community of comedians and amazed myself with how much fun it was.
There are great travel apps out there that help you convert currency, translate words or menus and mapping apps. If you used technology abroad – what was your ‘go-to’ app or platform while traveling?
I had a few. Meetup.com was immensely useful. I managed to surf continuously for almost free just by meeting other people who shared an interest in it. I’ve also found couch surfing to be really useful. I’ve gone on many interesting adventures with people I wouldn’t have met otherwise because of that site.
What would be the advantages and disadvantages of living permanently where you had your GeoVisions program?
I love living in other cities because you have enough time to really meet people and experience it like a local. I don’t ever want to go one of those cram-every-experience-in-a brochure trips because I feel that it deeply lacks authenticity.
Describe the most interesting person you met on one of your travels.
I met this girl at a hackathon who knew so much about computers and also was really passionate about music and politics in Australia. I learned a lot about Linux platforms, punk music and aboriginal history because of her; it was amazing. She was also just a really cool friend.
Did you ever get lost while traveling? If so, tell us about it.
I love to get lost. Not too lost but lost enough that I inevitably discover something that I wouldn’t have had I stayed on the beaten path. Like this one time, I was wandering around the suburb that I lived in at 11 at night and wandered down a street with this house in which the entire front room was exclusively devoted to Gene Simmons. I was in awe.
What are your plans now that you are back home? Any great new adventures you’ll be embarking on?
I’m actually not back home. I’ve continued traveling. I’m now moving from Australia to Germany. There’s just so much to explore and what does “home” really mean, anyways?
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