Hi, I’m Carly, an Australian writer, traveller, brunch-fiend and book-nerd currently living in Austria.
Welcome to Austrian Adaptation, my slow travel & living blog about life in Vienna, loving an Austrian and the places we discover while travelling slow around Europe.
The Back Story
In 2011 I left Melbourne to become a European tour guide, escaping my desk job for life on the road. I thought I’d be an independent traveller for years, boldly discovering new countries between stints as a fun-loving guide. The universe had different plans. That same winter, I accidentally met the love of my life in an Austrian Apres ski bar (living proof that you CAN find true love in a bar!). Eight months later we were married. More about that here.
Austrian Adaptation started as a creative outlet for me when I was a lonely expat, freshly arrived in Vienna and unable to speak a word of German. I figured (hoped) there were others struggling through the same thing, so I started writing about it. After getting some media and online attention with the tongue in cheek ’28 Ways to be Austrian‘ the blog has grown to become one of the Top 5 Expat blogs in Austria.
Now, the blog has grown to focus more on topics close to my heart – slow travel & living.
After 5 years of working at Austria’s #1 travel startup, facing personal burnout in 2018 and seeing the impact of overtourism from 10 years of working in the frontlines of the travel industry, I want to help you find a better way to travel, and live.
What’s Here for You
Strewn amongst the travel stories and observations of Austrian life are plenty of brunch recommendations and Vienna ‘insiders tips’. My goal is that you can find something useful in our slow travel adventures, enjoy the local spots shared here and have a laugh while doing so.
I’m a history and book geek who is still thrilled to visit real life castles, gets excited by old fashioned bookshops and spends way too much of my weekend searching for the perfect coffee spot. If that sounds like your jam, I think we’ll get along just fine.
I reckon that a storybook romance, a dream career, a life of travel or the chance to move overseas isn’t about luck. It’s about taking the risk, buying a ticket and making the most of what happens next.
I believe there is a better way to balance your career and ‘real life’ to travel, while having a positive impact on local cultures, economies and environment.
I’d love to show you how and will be sharing our stories to help get you there.
I love hearing from fellow expats, travellers and book-nerds so your comments are always appreciated. If you want to stay up to date with the adventures, just subscribe by entering your email address here. You’ll get posts from me here weekly, plus my monthly newsletter with link roundups.