Five Beautiful Adventures I Had Before I Began Blogging

August 19, 2018

Believe or not, the majority of my traveling took place before I even began My Beautiful Adventures — I probably stepped foot in around forty countries. These trips were the catalyst for my blog. Unfortunately, because I had no idea I would one day be displaying my life for the entire world to see, I did not take any notes or that many photos while on the road. However, my regrets make me want to return to the following five places, so that I can document them properly:


Australia was so amazing I visited the continent three times in one year (talk about perpetual jet lag!). On my first trip there, I stepped outside my comfort zone and drove thousands of miles throughout the Outback in a Wicked Campervan during the hottest part of the year. My goal was to make it to Uluru to celebrate Christmas Eve with a bottle of champagne as the sun set and I made it. This was both one of the most challenging, yet absolutely rewarding adventures I have ever taken thus far.


My major from the College of Charleston was Comparative Religious Studies with a focus on the Asian religions (specifically Buddhism). My advisor had spent years in Tibet and had filled my head with gorgeous images from his time there. I was determined to make it there one day and experience it for myself and luckily I was fortune enough to visit right before China made it impossible for tourists to enter the region. To say it was a life changing journey is an understatement!


The trip that ignited the inner explorer in me was my first trip to China. I was there to study Chinese Medicine and had no idea that after spending three weeks in the country I would have an insatiable desire to see the world. Before this trip, I had only left the United States a handful of times and traveling intrigued me, but was not an obsession like it quickly became. I will forever be grateful to China for introducing me to one of my greatest passions! After that trip I returned four more times and eventually became a Chinese Medicine Doctor.

New Caledonia

Who does not dream about traveling to the South Pacific? On my second trip to Australia I simply had to make the quick jaunt there, since I was so close and New Caledonia beckoned me with its breathtaking beauty and that it was so off the beaten track. It was as stunning as I had imagined and I got the best tan of my life!

South Africa

South Africa is a country I would move to in a heartbeat. If it is not on your Bucket List, put it on there now! I spent three weeks traveling throughout the nation and I loved every city and person I met along the way, although the icing on the cake was the safari I went on in Kruger Park. I think my heart leaped out of its chest when I spotted elephants in the wild of the first time.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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12 thoughts on “Five Beautiful Adventures I Had Before I Began Blogging

  1. Emma

    Wow, I’m so impressed with how much you’ve traveled (and how tan you’ve gotten doing it!)! I hope to travel the world someday, so you’re a big inspiration!

  2. Sarah

    Thank you so much for your sharing about Australia, China, South Africa, New Caledonia, and Tibet. It is help me a lot.

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  8. Basanta Lamsal

    You’ve journeyed far and wide, experiencing diverse cultures and landscapes. I trust those adventures were enriching and unforgettable. If ever your travels lead you to Nepal, my birthplace and current home, I’d be delighted to extend a warm welcome and guide you through its wonders.


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