Hi, I’m Carly, an Australian writer, traveller, brunch-fiend and book-nerd currently living in Austria.
Welcome to Austrian Adaptation, my expat life & travel blog about living in Vienna, loving an Austrian and the places we discover on our part-time travels.
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.
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 other travellers and expats can find something useful in our silly adventures, 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. So if I’m not writing about Austrians or travel, it’ll probably involve those topics.
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 you don’t have to sacrifice your career and ‘real life’ to travel, and travel often. 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 roughly every fortnight, plus my monthly newsletter with link roundups.