About

Gadabout

definition: a habitual pleasure – seeker.

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(This is a picture of me being way too happy.)

Ay up! My name is Saira, and my dream, like many other people, is to travel to each and every country on this planet. I currently live and work as a teacher in Indonesia’s heaving capital city, Jakarta – a wonderful paradox to my hometown of little old Derby in England. As well as being your everyday, unassuming English teacher, I am also an overly eager traveler, sneaking away whenever I can and as much I can to go gallivant everywhere that satisfies my ravenous travel pangs.

Will I fulfill my dream of being the ultimate globetrekker? Who knows. But via this blog, you can join me on my journey, share my travel experiences  and perhaps pick up the odd travel tip or two. I’ll also include some more practical stuff about Jakarta for any of you that find yourselves magically living and working here. Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to be included – you can contact me at: gogogadabout@gmail.com

Happy traveling you intrepid person, you,

Saira

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45 comments

  1. Thank you for following my blog! Happy that you like it :) what an interesting blog you have :) for sure will be back here ! have a nice day :)

    1. thank you so much and thanks for stopping by!

  2. Thanks for liking my Lamma island post. You have a nice blog too. I see your an English teacher. I am as well in Japan.

    1. Thanks so much for checking it out! I considered going to Japan to teach before I decided on Indonesia – it’s definitely on my must-see list!

  3. Hi Saira, thank you for dropping by. Looking forward to your next adventure! See ya :)

  4. justinemulliez · · Reply

    Hi Saira,

    Thanks for checking out my photos of Val. Yours are amazing! Keep it up!

    1. thank you for the kind words! I’ll continue to check out yours!

  5. Hi Saira, thanks for a like and following. Never been to Indonesia, but too many memories attached to it. Nice to go through your blog. Beautiful one!!

    1. Thanks so much for checking it out! If you ever have the time, Indonesia is a wonderful place to visit!

  6. thank you for visiting my blog. You have a nice travel sets here.

    1. Cheers, Kelvin! :)

  7. Hi Saira, looking forward to reading more about your adventures! What made you decide to teach English in Indonesia? :)

    1. Thank you so much for checking it out and getting in touch! If I am honest, it was all pretty much on a whim, I wanted to go somewhere completely new. And I really didn’t have much clue about Indonesia before I came, only Bali really – but now I know it’s so so sooo much more than that – it was really one of the best decisions I have ever made :)

      1. Great to hearing you are enjoying it. We have been looking at Indonesia, so your blog posts will be ever so helpful :)

  8. You got an interesting blog! I like your pictures, especially the sun sets ;-) Indonesia looks so mysterious. Hopefully I’ll make it there one day! Until then I’ll just enjoy Indonesia on your blog! Greetings!

    1. Thank you so so much! You have a great blog as well, your photography and stories are amazing! And yes, Indonesia is really such a mysterious place and I love discovering little-known places. Definitely visit if you get the opportunity!

  9. Great Blog, its great to meet people with the same passion and interest in travel, i hope we could explore this wonderful Indonesia together someday :) thanks for stopping by my blog

    1. Terima kasih! :) it’s such a massive place I wish I had more time to explore it, and reading your blog gives me plenty more ideas on where to go!

  10. Thanks for your encouraging comments.
    Good to see that you come from Derby: have you heard of Andrew Handyside of Derby, the cast iron maker? He made bridges all over the world and pillar-boxes and garden urns etc etc
    Relation of mine way back!
    Happy New Year and do visit again soon.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by mine too!
      The name does actually ring a bell, I’m pretty sure I must have learnt about him at school when I was really young – it is a small world indeed! Keep up the wonderful writing!

  11. Hi my sweet new sister and friend, I want to say thank you for your friendship with a great big pretty yellow flower, so I’ve nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award. Please accept it with my love and thanks at:
    http://aishasoasis.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/my-first-blog-award/

    1. That’s so kind – I shall definitely accept it, thank you so much and looking forward to your next story :)

  12. Saira, I wonder if you could give me your thoughts on the Kepayung turtle project. i am looking to do some conservation projects around Belitung in the future and really need to hear what people think about the existing projects to help me decide where i can help. I just want to know if you think the project is working. Do you think the people really care? You are the first person i have seen to have stayed there, I only have visited a few times as I usually stay at Kelayang. I am not affiliated with any official charity or anything. i am just an Englishman that has falling in love with Belitung and in the future I hope I can help the people or/and the environment there.

    1. Hi there Craig, thanks for getting in contact! Well, I can only comment on what I saw during my stay there – it was a small conservation project, and quite basic – but from what I saw I do think the people care as they told us they had planned to build a coral reef just outside the island to provide a more natural habitat for the turtles. I think perhaps staffing and funding is a little on the low side, but they did seem to have a definitie goal in mind. If you want more information you should contact the guy who I spoke to their, his name is Ade and you can find his contact information on their website (his english is pretty much perfect) http://www.belitungadventure.com/?page_id=144&lang=en
      hope that helps!

  13. Every country on the planet is big challenge. I am happy to restrict my ambitions to Europe. Nice to see someone oh here from Derby – I lived nearby for a lot of years.

    1. It is indeed a big challenge – but I’ll try and do as much as I can! Thanks for commenting and good luck with your travels! :)

  14. Ay up me duck! Thanks for the follow… I’m wondering if you knew I was from Derby (also a teacher – what school were you at?!) from something I don’t remember writing, or whether it was just a coincidence you found my blog! Love your way of writing from what I’ve just skimmed; I’ll be reading your back catalogue at some point :) Keep living the globe-trotting dream!

    1. No I had no idea! Wow, it is a small world indeed, hey! I’ve never taught in Derby, but I used to go to Derby High – and my home is in Littleover, how about you? Thank you so much for the lovely comments – got hooked on your blog as soon as I read your latest post!

      1. Allestree and I went to Woodlands :) I taught at Ashgate Primary.
        You’ve contributed to our decision to come back and do an Indonesia only adventure some day after our RTW trip. Looks awesome but we couldn’t do it justice this time around!

  15. May you fulfill your dream :-)

  16. Hello!! Check out this surprise for you on my post here: http://lifetomyfullest.com/2014/04/05/liebster-award/!! No obligations to follow up, of course. :)

    1. How exciting! Thank you so much :)

  17. torrentephotos · · Reply

    hey there. a picture of you being way too happy? can you ever be too happy? thanks for checking out my thoughts and i wish you more days of being too happy. JT

    1. thank you so much! and wish you many happy days too!

  18. Xinxian · · Reply

    Thanks for dropping by my blog, and hello from across the Strait of Malacca! :)

    1. thank you for coming by mine too! :)

  19. CrazyGuyinThailand · · Reply

    Great pics at your blog.

  20. Hi, I’ve enjoyed exploring your wonderful blog. As appreciation, I have nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award: http://traveldefined.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/one-lovely-blog-award/
    Happy Blogging.

    1. Thank you so so much! I’m so sorry for the really late reply, but I’ll make sure to address this in a post coming soon :) I’ve just checked out your blog too and it is wonderful, you now have a new follower!

      1. You are very welcome, Saira ! I look forward to reading your post.
        Thank you for stopping by and the follow.
        I enjoy reading your inspiring ‘Indonesia’ posts, what a beautiful country !

  21. Marya Maddox · · Reply

    Just saw your “Where the sea and sky meet” on Year of Being Here, mindfulness poem site. It looked like a painting to me at first. I really like it.

    1. Wow, I didn’t know about this – thank you so much and I’ll go check it out! I took the picture in a place called Belitung in Sumatra, it’s the stillest sea I’ve ever seen :)

  22. Hi,

    I’m Tokoni, A student and poet. Its nice to meet your I’d like to invite you to my blog, http://www.insanitybeautiful.wordpress.com if you’re interested. Thanks!  

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