Origin of Pommie
If you’re wondering what on Earth a Pommie is, this is the meaning of the word Pommie according to the dictionary:
Pom- (also Pommie, Pommy) n Austral. & NZ slang offens. A British Person esp. a recent immigrant.
There are several theories as to the origin of the word Pommie. Many people think it comes from the acronym POHM- Prisoner Of Her Majesty- which was apparently emblazoned on the back of immigrants unifroms when they arrived. But actually it is more likely that it was an abbreviation of the word pomegranate and referred to the flush complexion of Brits (like a pomegranate’s flesh) or it was chosen as rhyming slang with immigrant.
I meet a lot of Australians when I’m backpacking around the world, and ever since I hit the road, people have naturally nicknamed me Pommie.
Who is this Pommie girl?
I’m a lover of life and full-time wanderer. When I’m not traveling, I’m thinking about it. I’m short in height but inside I’m tall. My ‘office’ attire is usually my pyjamas. When everyone is asleep at night I am working. I’m allergic to cats. If I could only eat one type of cuisine for the rest of my life it would be sushi. Dogs and babies tend to like me. There isn’t a country I haven’t liked. In my spare time I like to Google random things. I am afraid of speed, roller coasters and scooters, but I’ll happily jump out of a plane. I was afraid of spiders, but then I went to the Australian outback. I sleep like a baby on planes, which triggers envy amongst other passengers. Mosquitos don’t bite me, ever. I’m a travel blogger but I ironically I suffer from motion sickness. I like to rebel. I think differently. I’m a Gemini which means I’m really two different people. When I was a child I wanted to be an astronaut. Now I just want to be happy.
My name is Victoria and I am a Pommie from Manchester in England, which is unfortunate since I don’t like the cold or the rain! When I’m travelling I mostly get “So you support Manchester United!!” Well actually I don’t watch football but I say I do to please people anyway. Thanks to my mother I went to some pretty cool countries as a child and I had always thought to myself “imagine if I could just stay and not go home.”
Where’s Pommie Been?
I finished my degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2008 and realised that we all have a choice of what to do with our lives. A great thing I’ve learnt in the last few years is to never settle for anything less than what we want. Don’t do a job because you have to, do a job because you want to.
What I wanted to do was be happy, enjoy myself and see and do everything in the world, so that’s exactly what I set out to do.
I worked so I could go on one big 2-and-a-half month trip by myself around Australia but on coming home I realised that I was so passionate about travelling that I wanted to do more of it.
So I took a leap of faith. I decided that if I followed my dreams and did something I enjoy, I would eventually make money out of doing it.
Ever since I’ve travelled far and wide, lived in Indonesia, filmed a road trip around South Australia, worked in Europe, then blogged about it and written about it. I decided to combine my loves of writing, travel, video and photography by setting up this blog in 2009 and working remotely.
With this blog I’m hoping to offer a little bit of inspiration that you can travel and work anywhere in the world you choose. It is possible to work and travel and do all the things you want in life. Just book the ticket and take the ride.
If you’re broke, it’ll be OK, you can backpack on a very small budget if you’re prepared to and you get far more out of travelling with no money anyway.
From the perspective of a solo female traveller, Pommie Travels is designed to offer travel tips, humourous and fun feature articles, plus informative, to-the-point travel advice on a range of destinations. It also contains great advice for travel bloggers, aspiring travel writers and inspiration to people who wish to work remotely.
So far I have travelled to 30+ countries including Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Tunisia, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, Croatia, France, Portugal, Morocco, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, the Dominican Republic, Poland, Montenegro, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Ireland and the USA.