Perhaps my story is not much different from others with a love of travel. As a child, I was mesmerised by amazing photos in National Geographic magazines. I badly wanted to travel to those far-off places.

Growing up in Western Australia, Mum would pack us into the car every school holidays to some new and exciting destination. The wide-open spaces of the Kimberley’s and Pilbara became my playground. My Mum was also an avid traveller, visiting far off countries: China, Japan, Taiwan – these were countries few journeyed to in the 1970s. She would return home with exotic smells lingering, exciting stories to tell, gifting trinkets and jewellery that mesmerised.

In my teens I travelled to the UK and Europe. It wasn’t until 2002 when I picked up The Health Benefits of Walking on a discount table that hiking became my passion. Towards the back of that book, was a small paragraph on the Camino de Santiago and, at some point in the reading, I was hooked – I was going to walk the Camino!

Since then I’ve travelled to over 50 countries and hiked trails in 12 countries including the breathtaking W Trek in Patagonia, Japan’s delightful Kumano Kodo and my all-time favourite, the South West Coast Path in the UK. Most recently I spent 12 months as an adventure hiking guide in Western Australia leading tours on the beautiful Cape to Cape and Bibbulmun Tracks.

My next adventure will be on the Australian Camino route which runs from Portland in South -West Victoria across the coast and border to Penola in South Australia. It is Australia’s very own Pilgrimage route that RAW Travel will be offering a supported walking trip and I look forward to being on the very first departure this Spring. Hope you can join me!

Sandra Sisson