Origin of the word ‘Pommie’

Before we get started I bet you’re thinking, what on EARTH is a pommie? 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 grew up in Manchester, 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!!” Yes, yes I do, although I’ve only ever been to a match once. Thanks to my close proximity to Europe I got to go to some pretty cool countries growing up and I had always thought to myself “imagine if I could just stay and not go home.” Thus my travel addiction was born.

Getting to know me…

I’m a lover of life, an ideas person. When I’m not traveling, I’m thinking about it.  I’m short in height but inside I’m tall. When everyone is asleep at night I am blogging and being a computer geek. I’m allergic to cats. If I could only eat one type of cuisine for the rest of my life it would be sushi. There isn’t a country I haven’t liked. In my spare time I like to Google random things. I am afraid of fast cars, roller coasters and scooters, but I’ll happily jump out of a plane. Due to how much I’ve travelled, my accent is kinda weird. 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 kid I was convinced I was going to be an astronaut. Now I just want to be happy.

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Why the travel blog?

In 2008 I graduated with a 2:1 (Hons) degree in Broadcast Journalism and thought, what next?

All the way through school I had listened to teachers telling me the importance of good grades and getting that all-important job straight out of uni.

Then it dawned on me that I didn’t have to conform to society, that maybe I could live my dreams. 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 you 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 a bar job for a couple of months so I could go on one big 2-and-a-half month trip by myself around Australia but on returning home I realised that I was so passionate about travelling that I wanted to do more of it.

So I decided that if I followed my dreams and focused on something I enjoy, I would eventually find the right path. I moved to Bali in 2009 and while I was there I began writing this blog. I had always loved writing, and this gave me the chance to to do it!

Eventually I left Bali because I entered a video competition with World Nomads and won a road trip around South Australia. After that I went to Portugal and worked a summer there while building this blog. At the end of 2010 I became a full-time, self-employed travel blogger and freelancer.

A lot of bloggers will tell you how they quit their jobs, sold all their belongings and went on a trip around the world. I didn’t. In the beginning I travelled with hardly any money in the bank and I had the time of my life! I worked temporary bar jobs, then eventually started making enough money from blogging to live off.

Fast forward to 2015 and things have changed. At one point I loved the idea of endless travel but eventually I felt like I needed some roots. I wanted friends, I wanted a home. So now I live in London. I run my websites, I work a social media job and I take trips whenever I can. Long weekends, holidays…you can still travel whether you have a 9 to 5 job or not!

I will always be a traveller at heart but just in a different way to before.

Where’s Pommie Been?

So far I have travelled to 45+ countries including Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Israel, Singapore, Indonesia, Tunisia, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, Croatia, France, Monaco, Portugal, Morocco, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, the Dominican Republic, Poland, Montenegro, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Ireland, The Philippines and the USA.

What’s in it for you?

Perhaps you’ve arrived at my site because you’re looking for travel tips on a particular destination, or because you wish to be able to live a life of travel and want to know how you can do it. Maybe you’re a female who just wants a little encouragement to take the plunge and travel alone. Perhaps you are thinking of starting a travel blog too. Whatever the reason, thank you for stopping by my site!

With this blog I aim to motivate you to travel; to offer a little bit of inspiration that you can travel or work anywhere in the world you choose. It is possible to 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. I’m here to give you all the best tips I have learned from all these years of travel, and to help you save money while you’re at it!