Uencounter.me has partnered with a number of travel bloggers who share our core values of integrity, honesty, and transparency.  Over the next several months, we are highlighting them in our Partner Series. We hope this allows you to get to know them better and remember, you can follow all of their travel and blog posts via their personal pin map on uencounter.me!

The fourth in our series introduces Jade Johnston from Our Oyster [dot] com; We asked her a series of questions and her answers follow:

Please tell us a little bit about you personally:

My name is Jade Johnston and I am originally from Manitoba, Canada. I grew it in one of the more isolated areas of Canada, and never experienced international travel until I was in University. I was soon hooked, and went to Denmark to study abroad. After that, I spent most of my time exploring and working in various European countries, before moving to New Zealand, and finally to Australia.

How long have you been blogging and why do you do it?

At first I started a blog more for friends and family, and didn’t really worry about promoting it too much other than on my facebook page. Once my New Zealand travels ended, and I settled down into a job in Wellington, I had more time to develop my blog into more of a business than just a hobby. I started doing this just under a year ago.

How did you decide upon the title and direction of your blog?

A lot of people that I meet always comment that they wish they could live the same lifestyle as me, and yet they think they are unable to. I always try to convince these people that yes they can travel, and that the world is really “their oyster.” At the moment my blog does not have a particular travel style niche, although I am working on showcasing budget travel guides to various destinations, thus showing people that YES, they can travel.

Jade and Lauren in Broome, Australia

What is your favorite blogging experience?

At the moment I am on a 3 month long press trip around Australia which I have named the “Great Australian Overland Adventure.” This is my biggest blogging trip to date, and the one where I have learned the most.

What has been your most treasured travel experience?

I love travel and backpacking, but my most treasured travel experiences are when I am volunteering. I spent 3 months in 2007 living in a small village in Costa Rica, where we worked along side the villages. By the end of the project we all felt like a part of the community.

If you could return to any one of the locations you have visited, where would it be and why?

I would love to go back to Costa Rica; because once my volunteer project was done I basically had to immediately return to the UK where I was living at the time. I didn’t get to explore very much of this great Central American country, which is a real shame.

Hitchhiking in New Zealand

What location is at the top of your bucket list today?

Mongolia for sure! My dream is to travel across the country on horse back, just like the locals do!

Please add anything else you would like say:

At the moment I am in the middle of my Great Australian Overland Adventure, with new posts going up three times a week! If Australia is on your bucket list, then you should definitely come and check out the site, and maybe even follow me on twitter or facebook. 


Follow Jade’s travel on uencounter.me by LINK’ing with her!

Each pin has a corresponding blog post ~ click on the map to be directed to UE where you can interact with Jade’s personal virtual Pin Map!


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